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Thread: KTM Three Wheeler Conversion - Done!!!

  1. #211
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    My underwater lair
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Camexican View Post
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    I call this photo “Mechanical Malpractice”

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    WOW!



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  2. #212
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    Jun 2015
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    stonecreek ohio usa
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    Sure is a nice build

  3. #213
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironchop View Post
    WOW!
    Yeah, when I first saw all that sealant I thought the case was broken, but when I scraped it off I realized it was just a crooked seal. I can't get my head around how anyone with a conscience could do that.

    Reason 178 to never trust an engine if you don't know the last person that worked on it.

  4. #214
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Well I did it.... and I may never do it again unless I buy a lot more equipment.

    WP insists on a vacuum bleed and as you might expect, the Internet is loaded with arguments on the topic.

    I used a combination of half a dozen different methods along with my own scattered thoughts and after 72 hours of various bleeding styles I THINK I have all the air out of it.

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    I also installed a Race Tech bladder (another controversial item) after consulting Pedro Gonzalez who will do my nitrogen charge next week.

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    I have three more WP shocks to do and I think I’ll just do the mechanical work and hand them off to Pedro for the bleed and gas part.

    BTW, anyone wanting to remove the reservoir cap can do so with a wrench from a small Milwaukee grinder.

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    Last edited by El Camexican; 10-11-2019 at 10:01 PM.

  5. #215
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Called in a favor and got some help dropping in the trike engine. I dare say the black on orange looks good, but that may just be due to Halloween’s proximity.

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  6. #216
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    Oct 2003
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    Las Vegas, NV.
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    Looking really nice. I never realized it was a case-reed motor until now.
    Red Rider's Sand Machine Updated 07/23/14

  7. #217
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Tonight was “rad” or at least radiator related.

    Un-bent, scrubbed and painted the radiators before giving them a light coat of high temp aluminum paint and adorning them with new and refurbished OEM hardware including riv-nuts and rubber.

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    No rad braces for this puppy as I don’t think it’s possible to bend them with the wide triple clamps and triangular format.

  8. #218
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    A few updates to share.

    The pegs and shock are done. Decided to cut off the nerf mounts and use a piston in the shock rather than a bladder.

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    The Trail Tech headlight mounts don’t work with a Honda fender, so a lower mount was needed. Aluminum was the plan, but plastic was available in the form of an old radiator shroud, so it was repurposed and according to the Internet I may even have saved a whale by recycling.

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  9. #219
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    Oct 2003
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    Las Vegas, NV.
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    It's all looking pretty slick. Nice job on saving whales & making headlight brackets. One might say you are a "Nico-friendly" 3-wheeler enthusiast. Bahahaha.
    Red Rider's Sand Machine Updated 07/23/14

  10. #220
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Waiting on parts again, so I decided to do some buffing.

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  11. #221
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Attention all flat track fans!

    Just kidding. Wanted to see what ground clearance would look like if it bottomed out.

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    Looks like 7/8” at the rest and 1” at the front, that is till I sit on it and the frame hits the floor.

    Looking for some advice here from those of you who have built trikes or ridden in the dunes a lot. I can run high pressure in the tires and even raise the suspension if needed, but I really don’t want to raise the seat any higher if I don’t have to.

  12. #222
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sulphur Springs,Texas
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    All my friends drive a lowrider!
    • 1985 Honda 250SX
    • 1985 Honda 350X
    • 1985 Honda 350X
    • 1986 Honda 250R



    “I Love The 350x. It’s So Bad”

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  13. #223
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Whoever coined the phrase ‘The Devil’s in the details’ should probably have won a Noble prize of some sort.

    The weekend started with the rear braking system which is a mix of Brembo and Nissin parts courtesy of KTM and Yamaha. Seems both need rebuilding and a custom line to connect them.

    I was going to just leave the caliper black, but after taking it apart I decided to remove the forging lines and as soon as I saw bare aluminum my OCD kicked in and the polishing process began.

    Brembo calipers are round and smooth, polishing them is like rubbing boobies. The Nissin caliper is squared with lots of sharp edges and polishing it was probably a lot like fondling a Transformers junk.

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    Then I noticed that the rear suspension was clunking when it rebounded. Traced the noise back to the All Balls shock pivots which are a lot looser fitting that the OEM parts which are almost a press fit. The fix was to insert some brass shim stock into the holes and now all the slop is gone.

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    There are also issues with the steering damper. Seems the post I had kicking around isn’t a Scott’s product, so a different arm and some cutting is going to be required.

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    I’m starting to wonder if this thing will be ready for the 2020 Invasion.

  14. #224
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    Apr 2011
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    Mexico
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    Had to rebuild the clutch master as it failed on another bike some time ago and I ended up filling it with 2 stroke oil to get home. For whatever reason the Magura metal finish flakes and discolors over time, so I painted it wrinkle finish black and decided to rebuild the front brake and give it the same treatment.

    It sucks to buy fancy colored grips and get them dirty putting them on, so it occurred to me that I could just wrap them in sandwich bags till the build is done so that my greasy mitts don’t smear them up.

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    Had to pull one of the forks to replace a leaking compression adjuster and noticed that the rebound adjuster pin had spun out of the cap, so that got fixed too and the front is back together and ready for a new brake line.

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  15. #225
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    Oct 2003
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    Las Vegas, NV.
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    Looking real good, and anxiously awaiting a ride report, which hopefully doesn’t disappoint you!
    Red Rider's Sand Machine Updated 07/23/14

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