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2SlickNick 02-05-2017 10:44 AM

2017 - Sidecar - DNF
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Okay 2017 is here... I have been a part of this great place for sometime now, I have had some good builds in that time too, and have decided it is about time to enter the build off.

I have decided to join DIYGK's two main vehicles of daily disccussions - together.

I have decided to make a big tire minibike with a two seater gokart-sidecar.

I will use a 212 Predator and torque converter for a power plant, I will make safer, and better big tire sidecar. The sidecar is going to be a leaner style like my first sidecar build.

This is going to be cool, so hold onto your keyboards and enjoy the ride!

ultralight01 02-05-2017 04:08 PM

Nice! This will be cool. And your avatar wants to give me nightmares.

2SlickNick 02-05-2017 06:18 PM

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All unnecessary parts removed off of the go kart.

2SlickNick 02-05-2017 06:21 PM

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One seat in front and one seat in back. Rear seat will be slightly higher than the seat in front.

I am also considering making a seat and sissy bar for a rider behind the driver. Four people on one bike, yeah this will be awesome.

Bbqjoe 02-05-2017 06:50 PM

You think a 212 will move four people?
1 adult and 3 toddlers maybe.

2SlickNick 02-05-2017 07:35 PM

I know it will... torque converter and geared low. I could always use my 7" driven if needed too.

---------- Post added at 06:35 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:34 PM ----------

It moves 300lbs karts with 2 passengers

Bbqjoe 02-05-2017 08:04 PM

This will indeed be a grand build!

chancer 02-05-2017 11:20 PM

You need a Caster Wheel for the Front of the Kart! LOL

pRoFiT 02-06-2017 11:48 AM

Oh wait. you need to argue on the rules then. Says 1 or 2 people machines. not 3 4. But i think in all fairness your go kart with 4 people is reasonable. Looks like fun. Dangerous fun for the passengers in the back!

itsid 02-06-2017 12:09 PM

by the looks I'm a bit concerned about the kart chassis -excuse me- sidecar flexing under load due to a lack of front wheels, an enormous lever and a considerable amount of weight in front of the pivot (rear wheel)

So may I suggest installing a hidden caster wheel under the front axle beam?


2SlickNick 02-06-2017 02:41 PM

Really caster?
That would just wobble like a son of a *itch.

I have given the thought of it flexing...
I was thinking of making the some additional under frame bracing. I will put pics up as I go.
I found a good source for info on sidecar construction, I believe this will all be possible.

itsid 02-06-2017 06:14 PM

Noooo, it won't!
I'm not talking about a shopping cart steel cheap caster, neither one from your desk chair..
I'm talking about a full sized caster wheel like you find on some heavy duty warehouse equipment,
maybe even make one yourself (a mini-bike fork and a kart wheel and another bearing or two)
bracing is okay.. but that layout is ... uhm...
let's say you'd need a full cage to brace that enough with the pivot as far back.
a caster is much slicker (hehe) and if done correctly won't wobble at all


2SlickNick 02-06-2017 06:46 PM

Okay thanks.

I will take all of this and consideration. And I have been thinking about a full cage. I don't plan on the cart to be that far forward, nothing is welded yet just mocking up.

chancer 02-06-2017 07:26 PM

Post 8

Originally Posted by chancer (Post 456111)
You need a Caster Wheel for the Front of the Kart! LOL

Post 10

Originally Posted by itsid (Post 456135)

So may I suggest installing a hidden caster wheel under the front axle beam? sid

Let the Record Show I suggested this First!

2SlickNick 02-06-2017 07:57 PM

I know I know!!! lol

itsid 02-06-2017 08:59 PM

thinking about it... you might even be able to make it a "steering" wheel ;)
just a trailing arm on your bikes front fork, a tie rod and voila... *shrugs*

Ah well.. you'll figure something out


TeamCheap 02-06-2017 09:43 PM

COOL project very interesting.

Makes me wonder about the feasibility of making an engine/drive wheel that can be attached to a mini bike frame or attached to a gokart frame or combine the two into something cool like your building so basically you'd have 3 vehicle configurations.

pRoFiT 02-06-2017 11:26 PM

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Needs to be like batmobile. like the sidecar can eject from the bike and drive by itself! id vote for that even if i only had one vote to give.

2SlickNick 02-07-2017 08:52 AM

I want to post this -----> As I did in my other sidecar build. This is where I am getting most of my info and links from on my leaner style sidecar.

2SlickNick 02-07-2017 09:54 PM

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Welded this 1/4" thick plate for front brace.

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