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Author Topic: The Xt400 side car (winter project)  (Read 33088 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! :)

Offline SeekingZero

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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'
Best thing I ever overheard
"yep, PJ's my boss, he taught me everything I know, just didn't teach me everything he knows"
Brian Morgan, 1982

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.

Offline MILLENNIUM FALCON

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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 »

Offline JustinLonghorn

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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'
Best thing I ever overheard
"yep, PJ's my boss, he taught me everything I know, just didn't teach me everything he knows"
Brian Morgan, 1982

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 »