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i'm wondering what kind of trike people have i'm looking to build my 83 into one i can build a kit if thats the better way to go

what kinds are there

what is the best

what not to get

thanks for the help
 

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I have not heard of any bad one yet. There is a excellent article in Wingworld Magazine September issue called "Trike Choices - and What's New in the Industry. I personallyride a Champion Side Car Inc. I love it, but as I said there are many others.
 

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If I had one piece of advise it would be that a trike is only as good as the guy who put it together. All the companies are top notch. It's the INSTALLER who can make a mess out of an otherwise well engineered trike. If I also had the choice to "have it built" or DIY, I'd do it my self. Be aware that some "Dealerships" have virtually no intrest in you after the sale, so DIY would assure it was done right the first time. JMHO jimsjinx
 

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I don't think there is a kit for the 1100.

If getting your 1100 converted, make sure that the builder knows what they are doing. Before the CSC 1800 trike, we had a 1200 triked and picked the wrong guy to do it.

Also, there was a fatality at 25 MPH on a 1200 trike here in the UK a couple of weeks ago. Some sort of mechanical failure at 25 MPH. No details yet as the police still have the vehicle for their investigations.
 

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I understand that there are some weld on kits and some complete bolt on kits. I have a bolt on kit. Putting it together took some time. I measured point to point MANY times to assure an accurate and straight alignment as I went. I almost welded some points I thought would be better but learned form others that it is not advisable unless you are a certified welder. I was one at the time, but opted to just bolt anyway. Glad I did. It's been three years and just last month I took my recorded, original, measurements and checked them out again and they are dead on still. In addition not one bolt was loose. I had a scary point during the install as I thought I cut the requested frame member too far forward, it ended up I didn't cut the left side enough. You just really need to concentrate when you do this project. But doing so I think I got to know my Trike so much better. There are shops that just do Trike builds, they are excellent. There are others that just want the money and then no longer the work afterwards. I know that Champion will actually build a trike for you as well as sell them, others probably will too. Check carefully. If you have someone build it for you, ask for references, he should give them to you willingly. Call some of the customers he has had.
If you do this yourself read, read, and then read some more. Follow step by step and recheck before cutting anything. Oh - what my directions did not say was to paint all bare metal spots as you go. It's easier and necessary to keep from rusting.
The finish product is awesome. Make sure you get the raked Triple Tree to start with as well, although not necessary it is a must in my book. :action:
 

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PAF

Like everyone else said they are all good. Check Trikes By KoKo Soth Beloit Wisconsin
or the Motor Trike shop in Wisconsin Rapids. Lots of guys like Timm's Trike Shop over in Minnesota too.
 

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One other thing I wanted to share, is that a MotorTrike uses a common Ford rear end. It is completely remanufactured by the shop, but the parts are stock. I don't need to worry about 8 or 9 u-joints as in an independant suspension rear end. Mine is simple to work on and the ladder bar setup is infinately adjustable. The ride is really close to the same in my test rides, and I went with Motor Trike. Wish I had gotten one with Aqua Wings, though. I like the way they look! jimsjinx
 

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We have a motor trike and love it.
I think that most trike kits are of good quailty now days.
Just make sure that you ever you pick to install it, knows what they are doing.
You will love the trike no matter which brand you choose.

Ride Safe:action:
 
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