Building a sidecar "camper".

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by doublemocha, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I've got Cyclops 10°, my mechanic said they're like friggin DAYLIGHT! They have 10°, 20°, or a combo, plus you can get lenses in amber or clear that snap on VERY well.
    They advertise that they throw like 900', I believe them too!
    They come with good directions too, I'm not worth a damn with electric, so I had a local place wire them after I made the brackets and mounted them.
    I have something like 5 or 6 different settings for my lights.
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  2. rg sw wa.

    rg sw wa. Long timer Supporter

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    Pics at night if you can.
  3. doublemocha

    doublemocha Nulla

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    I am putting it on the side car so I have no headlight casing to put these on. thx
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    High Octane Long timer Supporter

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  5. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    It might be like daylight, but what about the traffic coming towards you? So many vehicles today almost blind me when I'm night driving. Yes, it's nice to be able to have good lights but at the same time, you need to make sure you are respecting on coming drivers. Make sure it's aimed and adjusted properly and also that it is highway/ road approved.
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  6. doublemocha

    doublemocha Nulla

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    Sorry the bike is mostly done just need to sort out small stuff like the sidecar headlights. I will post pictures later. Also I am trying to get it registered..... taking forever.

    Meanwhile I am working on the tow vehicle for the sidecar, it is a 25 year old Mitsubishi Delica Jb500, also almost done also.

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    Cool. Gotta like that.
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  8. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    VERY rarely get flashed, the beam is so focused it's nuts. The only bad part is I had to make a mount for them.
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  9. doublemocha

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    Took some courage to cut up this almost perfect tank. My idea is to turn the tank into a water proof bag,..... i am still designing it. I will read the post about the side car head light and make a decision. thx 7053E0D7-981D-4D02-81BD-4E5890DA1DF1.jpeg F85A6E6E-58DA-48E5-B6BD-450082FC71A0.jpeg 3BD30DA0-BAD0-4528-9B34-1379F2829FD6.jpeg 5EE1A749-2FCB-44F7-885B-51685074A187.jpeg

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  11. doublemocha

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    Took it for a test ride today. Everything is good except for a WHOOBLE. The whooble seems to comes during acceleration and de separation, I have a VW steering damper. Been reading up on it, they say some whooble is normal. I will checking tire pressures, toe in and other looseness on the rig. If you have other experience with getting rid of the whooble please share. Thx
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  12. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    If it's only a "light" wobble/head shake that is normal. If it's severe even with the damper then yes something is not set up correctly.

    Also make sure the leading link swingarm pivots bolts are firm, not tight but certainly not loose.
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  13. doublemocha

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    All 3 tires where at 20 PSI inflated them to 35 PSI the wobble went away. There is a small head shake on sudden acceleration and deceleration it handles good. I think i will change the vw steering damper, the fire might have burned the inside from the heat. If the there is a suggestion for a better steering damper let me know. My current track wide is 50 to 51” center to center 7” narrower than before. There are small stuff i need to do others wise it is time to take it for a longer test ride in the canyons . I am excited to turn the gas tank into a bag...... still working on a design. Thx
  14. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    It was wobbling at 20 lbs? Come on DoubleMocha! Try 35 in the rear and 40in the front, and replace the fire damaged damper with an exact duplicate.

    Then tell us if it wobbles!
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    I did not check tire pressure before taking it for a text drive. It already handle good just a little head shake at sudden acceleration and deceleration tomm I will try your suggestions tomm. Thx
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  16. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    I've got one of these dampers on my outfit.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Univers...786520?hash=item48e92e8998:g:FjcAAOSwjFRdidn2

    They are cheap so you may as well buy 1 or 2 spares and carry it with you. Buy the longest stroke one you can find.

    They are hit and miss on how long they last but they do work. My first one only lasted a couple of thousand km's but so far my second one is still going strong. I have mine on the lowest setting and get no head shake.

    I found the VW steering damper too heavy.

    You will need you buy an attachment for your fork leg to bolt it to unless you make your own. Like these.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/i/193690893...jeS3ZU0eE1k4gM7dd1e0t4bS5QWEYW6hoCNLMQAvD_BwE
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  17. WILL_S

    WILL_S OUTLAW POSTIE 001

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    Why more in the front than rear ?

    Come from a back ground of higher pressures in the load area ?

    Speaking of wobbles let a chineese backpacker take my chair for a ride .. why wobble ? Me.. Ar ya just ride out of that ,next thing she buggered off up the highway. Looked at me mate and said wonder if she is coming back , didn't tell her how to turn it round :lol3

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  18. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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    Some stick a damper on right away. The problem in some cases is that even though it takes the headshake away it may be covering up a larger issue. Mounts, swingarm pivots, wheel runout, head set bearing etc etc. ............. Of course tire pressues are something that is in need of checking too. For some reason more air in the sidecar tire will many times make a big difference. The front tire may want more or less air . The rear tire is usually not the culprit if it is pumped up to what is on the sidewall or near that. ................ toe in can also create an issue. Yes we typically try and run as little as possible ..usually 1/2 to 3/4 at 8 feet but it is worth checking. This is even more of a concern on a rear pivot swingarm.
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  19. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    If you are good at fabricating, make a friction damper. They are just so tidy looking and adjustable for differing conditions.
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  20. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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    I have written this before here or there but......A friend who is a well trveled sidecarist ran with a low speed headshake seemingly forever. He logged many miles all over the country with his sport bike/ Hannigan rig. He had a leading link on it. Anyhow I suggested he try more air in the sidecar tire enough times where is became a running joke between us but he would say " the tire has the correct air in it and it has to be fine" or something like that. Anyhow on the way to a rally in W Va one year we stopped for gas. He went inside the store there to that bathroom. I noticed he parked his rig right by the free air pump so I snuck over and stuffed more air into his sidecar tire ( evil me). When we got to the rally after having a great time on the road he jumped off his rig with a huge smile sayinghis headshake had dissapeared. He was puzzled until he saw my stading against a tree with a big smile. Then he figured out what happened and still kids me about it years later. Small details can sometime make a big difference.