New to building. I am making my first motorized drift trike

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  1. webn237

    webn237 New Member

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    I am new to all this stuff. I am in the process of building and fabricating a drift trike... anyone have any tips of all?

    And a couple more questions
    I have a 5 hp briggs and stratton motor off a rototiller and was wondering if and how you run a aftermarket air filter on them?

    And the other question I have is the gas tank on it is full of rust. Its not rusted through but just really rusty. I already tried bbs and gas. It cleaned some of it out but it still has alot in there. Opinions?
     
  2. Ludwig II

    Ludwig II Well-Known Member

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    Some gravel shaken about for a couple of minutes will take off all the loose stuff. Wash out thoroughly with petrol or paraffin after. Gas or kerosene to non English speakers. :)

    Check for holes while you're washing it out, you might reveal some.
     
  3. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Nuts (the kind that fit on bolts) also work well for knocking the rust loose. Post pictures of what you're up to. We like pictures! It also helps us understand better what's what. Good luck with your project.
    SB
     
  4. webn237

    webn237 New Member

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    Here is where my trike is right now. Then there is the motors and tires. The only concern i have is a 26" wheel going to work? Everywhere i look people say use a 20" tire.
     

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  5. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Keep an eye on the front end geometry...it looks to me like your setup has the forks laid back pretty far. This is what those people are talking about. It might affect handling, especially since you are ALWAYS countersteering on a drift trike.

    A 20" front end has better geometry as a trike. Yours CAN work (and WILL work as is), but needs to be much closer to the original bicycle geometry for best steering.
    Talk to those trike dudes. They have all this stuff worked out already....
     
  6. curtisfox

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    Before you clean the tank check the carb pickup tubes they may be cloged and need replacing. If that is the case you might be better off with a different carb............Curt
     

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