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    Wish me luck!

    Im going to need it.

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    Good Luck!

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    The PO left it outside for most of its life. Every bolt squeals like a stuck pig coming out. I gave up on a few and doused them with PB Blaster before calling it a night.
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    I should have posted about this stuff in the penetrating oil thread, I'd still like to. If you have the opportunity to get this stuff it's amazing. It pretty much washes away rust. It's an amazing penetrating oil but I use it just as much cleaning parts so it's a fantastic solvent as well. I think you have to get it from a Kimball Midwest dealer though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabiodriven View Post
    I should have posted about this stuff in the penetrating oil thread, I'd still like to. If you have the opportunity to get this stuff it's amazing. It pretty much washes away rust. It's an amazing penetrating oil but I use it just as much cleaning parts so it's a fantastic solvent as well. I think you have to get it from a Kimball Midwest dealer though.

    I have a can of this in my garage. Fabio is right, the stuff is amazing. And it kinda smells good unlike PB!


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    What are your plans for it? To be honest I didn't know what you meant by "wishing you luck" but now that I see you're tearing it down I get it. It looks to be in very good shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolpool View Post
    What are your plans for it? To be honest I didn't know what you meant by "wishing you luck" but now that I see you're tearing it down I get it. It looks to be in very good shape.
    At first, I thought he meant good luck in not getting run off the road and wrecked on a mountain pass. Then I realized it was in the Trikesylvania forum, so it had better be the "before" picture of what will soon be a very awesome trike conversion.

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    Your projects turn out so clean this should be awesome conversion or otherwise.

    Good luck to ya!

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    The plan is to make it into a 300cc 2 stroke three wheeler.

    I chose this particular model because if I chickened out, or simply couldn’t engineer it for some reason I have two other bikes that accept all the parts and vice versa. I’ve been playing mental ping pong between trike and bike every time I looked at it for months now. It’s fugly patina sticks out like a pimple on a prom queens face amongst my other toys and I finally made the decision to rebuild it as a bike last week, but then….

    While making my usual pre-teardown check list I realized that it was going to cost me over $1,400 plus an unknown engine refresh and a lot of other parts I’ve already paid for that sitting around. Add in the usual OCD factor and I’d be sanding and polishing my brains out to end up with a $3,000 bike I’ll likely never need or sell. Add to this it would be done and over with in less than 2 months and I’ll be looking for another project.

    So as of Saturday night after a lot of staring and rum sipping I decided to man up try the conversion. Typically if I make public my intent to do something I go through with it, so I posted the photo as motivation, but reserve the right to tuck tail and make it back into a bike at any moment before a cutting wheel hits the frame.

    My biggest challenge will be my geographical location. It would be so much easier to do this if I could stand next to a KTM Quad and take measurements (hint, hint Fabs). Issue # 1 is clearance to kick start it. That alone may end the project, but it’s going to cost me a set of rear fenders in advance, same with the seat. Yes I could have bought an e-start bike, but then nothing would fit my other bikes.

    Front end will require a custom tree and I’m not sure which wheel to use. This will be built with the dunes in mind, so something tall and wide that I can get a sand tire for is preferred. I like teh diameter of my 85 Tri-Z wheel, but tire selection is sparse. Any suggestions for a wheel or a custom triple tree maker would be appreciated. I have the option of a 20mm or 22mm axle, but I guess collars are an option.

    Swing-arm will likely be a combination of Banshee parts that I will have to fab up myself. I want to use the aftermarket style that clamps a rotating hub. I have some interesting ideas for rear ride height adjustment that I want to incorporate with the non-link PDS shock.

    Was hoping to find white or black plastic, but after talking to a KTM USA rep. orange is the only option. White and black plastic ran out a few years back. He said by law they have to offer parts for at least 10 years and the 2008 stuff is almost gone. He wouldn’t say it officially, but hinted that due to the limited run of quads they made that spare OEM parts will be gone “very soon”.

    Last night I got it down to bits and pieces and started to appreciate that I chose to go with three wheels and not two. The fact that this guy stored the bike outside, even in our relatively arid climate ruined a lot of things I didn’t think I would have to replace the first time I scoped it out.

    The lower shock bolt was so rusted that even after penetrating oil and heating I ended up spinning the greaseless bearing inside the swing-arm when I put an impart to it. It took two hours of ing, heating and lubricating the bolt to get it out of the bearing. Motor mounts were the same, my electric impact gun wouldn’t bust them loose without heat and lube. I ended up having to weld a flat bar onto one sub-frame bolt to brake it loose. After all this I was dreading the swing-arm bolt, but it came loose after a little persuasion. Axels are pending.

    The good news is that at a glance the thing wasn’t used much. If someone was in the engine they left no tracks.

    All advise is welcome, especially if it’s free.
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    Looking forward to seeing what happens on this. I haven't seen a KTM trike conversion!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hondatcs View Post
    I haven't seen a KTM trike conversion!
    There were photos of a very nice KTM 450 conversion going around a few years back. If anyone can post a photo or link it would be apreaciated.
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    Good luck...this is going to be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Camexican View Post
    There were photos of a very nice KTM 450 conversion going around a few years back. If anyone can post a photo or link it would be apreaciated.
    Dis' one?
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    Wish me luck!

    This is great Nico. Just remember, it's going to be more work than you think, lol! I've been wrenching full time on three willers lately and I've noticed how much more work everything is than I'm anticipating! I'm excited to see this though and I know it's going to come out great. Chappy's quad is mere paces from me so...
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