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Author Topic: The Xt400 side car (winter project)  (Read 31324 times)

Offline MILLENNIUM FALCON

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The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« on: Sep 30, 2012, 23:34:19 »
Huh I didnt even know we had a side car section.......

Well Its fall and I cant afford to build another bike this year so I am doing the next best thing. I am building a side car for my xt400 project. At least that is the plan. I am totally new to side cars so this could be interesting. I hope that with the help of some very knowledgeable DTT members I will be able to make this happen. My plan is to use parts I have laying around to build most of it. I would like to build a subframe that will bolt on my bike so the side car can be easily removed If I need to. I am planning on using the swing arm and front wheel off of an xs400 I have for the suspension. The front wheel is an 18 and it has a disc brake I would like to use for the car. It is also not as wide as the rear. From what I have seen/read narrow is better for the car, especially with small cc bikes. I turned down the rear axle on the lathe so it would work with the front wheel. I also had to make some wheel spacers. I still need to make a caliper mount for the swing arm. This project is in the very early stages so any motivation/inspiration is appreciated. Here is a picture of the bike and wheel. This is all I have so far. Ive done more goggling and reading than actual work so far.




Offline Erskine

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #1 on: Oct 01, 2012, 19:05:40 »
Bring it on! :)

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #2 on: Oct 01, 2012, 20:20:53 »
Where's the emoticon for eating popcorn!!
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Offline crazypj

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #3 on: Oct 04, 2012, 20:28:30 »
MX or trials style?



« Last Edit: Oct 04, 2012, 20:41:06 by crazypj »
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Offline crazypj

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #4 on: Oct 04, 2012, 20:38:25 »
Trials  ;D
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
I gave my girlfriend an orgasm the other night, but, she spat it back at me
 Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry
 Itís not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you werenít doing it  (Terry Pratchett)
CB360's,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11736.0
XS650,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11922.0

Offline MILLENNIUM FALCON

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #5 on: Oct 05, 2012, 20:44:30 »
Cool video! I'm thinking something open enough to be sporty and fun, but still be safe enough to haul my son around in. I'm ready to start it,  I just haven't had enough time to go get materials.

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #6 on: Oct 08, 2012, 16:47:45 »
Well, I finally got a chance to start working on the sub-frame for the car mounts. I am happy with how it came out. It should be plenty strong. I tied into both foot-peg mounts and the skid-plate mounting bolts. The frame is all one piece. It is mostly 1/4", with the exception of the front mount, that is 3/8" I will be attaching the the hinge points for the car on the flat plate. My plan is to make a big set of hinges out of heavy wall pipe. There will be 2 pieces on the bike and 3 on the car. They will fit together and then a big pin will go through the whole thing. I have a drawing I will post.  It took me awhile to get this part figured out but things should roll right along now.

« Last Edit: Oct 08, 2012, 16:53:57 by MILLENNIUM FALCON »

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #7 on: Oct 08, 2012, 16:50:28 »
RAD!
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Offline crazypj

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #8 on: Oct 08, 2012, 17:15:21 »
Your going to need something to steering head and seat mounting to triangulate
I'm sure Erskine will post link to his build to give you some idea's  ;D
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
I gave my girlfriend an orgasm the other night, but, she spat it back at me
 Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry
 Itís not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you werenít doing it  (Terry Pratchett)
CB360's,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11736.0
XS650,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11922.0

Offline MILLENNIUM FALCON

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Re: The Xt400 side car (winter project)
« Reply #9 on: Oct 08, 2012, 17:39:58 »
Yeah I still have a lot of work to do I have already started figuring out my other mounting points. Did you think I was done already? Hahah 8) I wish.  I have started working on some struts like these. I am planning on only using two (not four)
« Last Edit: Oct 08, 2012, 17:45:35 by MILLENNIUM FALCON »