midwest installers?

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  1. Tmaximusv

    Tmaximusv Long timer

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    I'm getting much closer to getting the car installed on my GS. long <boring> story.

    A few years ago there was a documentary about a guy who put together a rig to take his mentor/surrogate father on a sidecar tour. They had a breakdown along the way and stopped at a shop in South Dakota (Sioux Falls?) for a new tug.

    Anyone know what that shop was and if they're still doing outfit setup?

    TIA!
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  2. High Octane

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    Could have been Lee Bruns in Watertown. He was a sidecar installer. I don’t know if he still does it. He helped me get my first one aligned.
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  3. GearHeadGrrrl

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  4. Tmaximusv

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    Looks like Lee passed in October. Thanks also for the heads up gearheadgrrl.
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  5. High Octane

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    Wow strange news about Lee.
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    Just going off a hit on a search for his name and location.
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  7. High Octane

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    His real name is Shannon but he goes by Lee.
    I don’t install sidecars other than my own. But let me know if I can help. I’m on the SD side of Lake Hendricks.
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    Must be a different Lee. The Lee Bruns I know is alive, kicking, making sidecar rigs and doing stand up comedy.
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    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Got a message from Lee - he's interested in helping you out. PM incoming.
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  10. Tmaximusv

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    Thanks all! Yeah, google gives sometimes useful information...but it’s just that - information, not knowledge.
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  11. Tmaximusv

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    OK, so in the interest of HOPEFULLY being able to move forward...

    Are there any recommendations for installers in KS, NE or IA?
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    He is on facebook
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  13. Tmaximusv

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    Been talking to Lee. Sadly he won’t have any openings until next spring, and he doesn’t seem too Keon BMW tugs...
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  14. davet2

    davet2 Been here awhile Supporter

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    What are your reasons for not doing it yourself? Lack of time, expertise? You know you can get plenty of advice here when you run into problems.
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  15. Tmaximusv

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    Cons:
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    2. I don’t have experience building/fabricating
    3. Precision work and evaluating “feedback” from the rig aren’t things I have experience with (fair bit of fear centered on this part).

    Pros:
    1. Time I have in the summers

    Everyone I know with a rig says great things, but when I ask them for guidance/mentoring it’s crickets. You guys are great and build threads are awesome, but my brain does not interpret photos and written descriptions very well. I’m very good when it comes to learning while doing, but I’m just plain scared of bodging it together and it killing me the first 200 feet out of the driveway.
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  16. brstar

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    Well that's an easy fix.
    Trailer it down the road a bit and ride without worries.
    Reminds me of the old joke.
    A guy learned that most vehicle accidents happen within a few miles from home.
    So he moved.
    I hear you on doing something different to your normal skill set.
    I decided to service the Guzzi myself this week.
    Just cracking overtight rocker cover screws was a challenge yesterday.
    Of to get replacements today.
    It would be much better to have a few neighbourhood mates into the same thing.
    But we chose a randomly different path in life it seems.
    Good luck with the hunt.
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  17. davet2

    davet2 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I understand your hesitation. I started with a factory Harley sidecar and a Harley of close to the same vintage. My project was really a matter of collecting the correct parts and bolting things together. I definitely learned a lot just doing that, I had to take a lot of the bike apart to get the sidecar attached and aligned reasonably well. My current sidecar took a similar effort, no subframe design or fabrication required. Good luck with the process.
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  18. jaydmc

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    We have video's being posted once we can get a tech guy to figure it out showing the entire process including steering modifications and rear automotive wheel conversion for the R1200/1250GS bikes that may help.

    Jay G
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    866-638-1793
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  19. jaydmc

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    We got some of it posted this morning to our face book page. It is a start.
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  20. Tmaximusv

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    Thanks. I’m accepting that I will need to do most of it myself. Of course another issue that just came up is the reason the guy working on it couldn’t get the TB to sync is that there is 90 psi on the right and 170 on the left. :(. Now gotta get that sorted first. Oh, and he is trying to clean up projects prior to a divorce forced move to Portland.

    Did I mention I live WAY THE HECK IN THE BOONIES?
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