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Old 12-27-2014, 09:20 AM
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Any updates?
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:21 AM
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Do you have pictures of your installation?
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:40 PM
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Not really. Due to mine and her work schedules, me and my wife are not home at the same time during daylight hours so I can't take pictures with her phone. I will say that I made the swap from a belt to a chain on the secondary drive and it does seem to work, but I have not yet ridden it. I work a full week this week without a day off, so it may be awhile before I can ride it and get any pictures in.
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Jokay...keep us posted please
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:06 PM
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Ditto to that, sounds like an interesting project.
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I ended up getting it moving and it was working quite well until the little gearbox broke. I opened it up and all the gear are plastic; at least what's left of them. So I went ahead and ordered a clutch and some bearings and I'll be going that way. I just need to wait for one sprocket and get a rod turned down so it fits in the bearings I bought. It makes perfect sense that a rod sold as a 5/8 diameter wouldn't fit in a 5/8 bearing I guess. 30 seconds on a lathe should fix that.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:36 PM
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I'd love me to see your complete setup ...to offer more help
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Old 01-01-2015, 07:01 PM
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Well, from the last set of pictures it hasn't changed other than going from a belt to a chain drive from the wheel to the lawnmower gearbox and I moved the tensioner to the belt that runs the transmission. Like I said, it worked quite well until the plastic gears in it gave out. Being without a camera and having to have both me and my wife home during daylight hours so I can use her phone to take pictures is really hard to do. My cell phone is just a phone and nothing more. I barely like having the stupid thing, I'm still using a rotary phone at home. But, I'll try to get some pictures as I change over to using a clutch and jackshaft.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:18 PM
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Okay, whole new setup since the plastic gears in that little transmission stripped out. I've gone with a Max Torque or whatever clutch along with a jackshaft. It's a 10 to a 32 and then a 10 to a 44. Full throttle feels about 15-20mph and it is extremely torquey. The 32 tooth sprocket is completely JB Welded to the shaft because I had to drill and tap it to put a set screw in it and I didn't have a tap long enough to do that, but it is holding extremely well. I'm going to do the same to the 10 tooth because the set screws keep coming loose. And I know the whole thing looks like it's twisted to one side, but that's just the pictures. But, it is working both under power of the engine and the pedals, now I might give it a paint job and maybe even new tires.
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:51 AM
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Here is my setup. I went from 10 tooth clutch to a 24 tooth input jackshaft to an 8 tooth output jackshaft to a 60 tooth wheel sprocket. I get about 22 mph comfortable top and it pulls real good and cruises good at about 17 mph. It is powered by a 3hp 4 cycle.
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