Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada
Deputy dog. You are right. I have worked on a lot of TRI=WINGS here in Ont. Canada. They look nice but that is where they stop. They are 1980's technology with rear swing arms mounted on the outside of the frame. The passengers feet ride on the swing arm which has plates welded to them. As the swing arm go up down, so go their feet and legs. The swing arm pins are only screwed from the front outside of the frame and only go through even with the inside of the frame. They are not long enough to be able to put a locking nut on the inside to stop them from rotating in the the frame threads as the swing arms go up and down. I had one which it wore out all the htreads in the frame. Those threads are the threads that the short stock swing arm pins bolt into to hold the stock swing arm in place.
They use no bearing at all, just oil impregnated brass bushings which eventualy wear in an oval/egg shape form and create more looseness in the swing arm causing the trike to wiggle down the road. The swing arms are a solid peice of steel, not tubing and weight about 20lbs each. The only thing that keeps the diff in place is those swing arms with no bearings so that is why it puts so much stress on those brass bushings.
The ones that I installed had no tires/rims as stated, no wiring harness for lites, and the most important thing no drive shaft. Do I see a macine shop in the future, you better believe it. There goes all your savings plus a lot more in waiting time for parts being made. This kit is from the early eighties with a new more fashionable body style. All the other trike MFG, no matter who they be, are centuries ahead of a TRI-WING. Roger
Summer home out of Penetanguishene Ont. Canada, winter home out of Silver Springs Florida USA. GL1500 green Lehman trike GYMPY