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    Default Sportster Trike build

    Just an update if anyone cares, The Trike kit is installed and went pretty darn smooth. Just a shim here and there, races and bearing in the new swingarm and some custom spacers for the right side shock. I decided to build a model A style pickup truck style bed for the body, I ordered some shortened Model A bed sides from Last Refuge Hot Rods in Colorado they are due in any day now. I bent up a floor and mounted it, just waiting for the bed sides to weld on, finish paint and I'm good to go.Really a smooth project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Man 2 View Post
    Just an update if anyone cares, The Trike kit is installed and went pretty darn smooth. Just a shim here and there, races and bearing in the new swingarm and some custom spacers for the right side shock. I decided to build a model A style pickup truck style bed for the body, I ordered some shortened Model A bed sides from Last Refuge Hot Rods in Colorado they are due in any day now. I bent up a floor and mounted it, just waiting for the bed sides to weld on, finish paint and I'm good to go.Really a smooth project.
    Good to hear that it went smooth! I'm gonna order one in a few weeks things finally fell into place for me and I'm getting excited about being able to ride again. I am wondering about reverse though! I know you can get reverse kits for the harley big twin trannys on ebay. I'm wondering if I should sell my sporty, put a few bucks with it and get like a dyna or something that I can put reverse in. What kind of bike was yours

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    Default Trike build

    My Model A truck bed DNA build was based on a 1996 XL1200 C. I went with the old Sportster because I feel that the frame mount swingarm will be stronger than the rubber mount Sporty's that mount the swingarm to the rear of the rubber mounted engine. And yes I have no reverse gear, I think a Sporty Trike is light enough for me to push around if I need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Man 2 View Post
    My Model A truck bed DNA build was based on a 1996 XL1200 C. I went with the old Sportster because I feel that the frame mount swingarm will be stronger than the rubber mount Sporty's that mount the swingarm to the rear of the rubber mounted engine. And yes I have no reverse gear, I think a Sporty Trike is light enough for me to push around if I need to.
    I have some use of my legs but I am a primary wheelchair user hence the need for reverse. My sporty is a 94 883 with a 1200 kit has like 4-5 gallon sport bob tank with a decent rake. I've even considered maybe a side car but I think trike is the way to go. Post some pics of your build I'd like to check it out

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    I'm pretty bad at this computer stuff, someday I will get my busy wife to post pics. If you want to look at trike pics, Google "Trikes with Truck bed"and scroll through the 5 pages of images that come up at the top of the page. I really like the Orange Harley with box along with the flat black Crossbones build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Man 2 View Post
    I'm pretty bad at this computer stuff, someday I will get my busy wife to post pics. If you want to look at trike pics, Google "Trikes with Truck bed"and scroll through the 5 pages of images that come up at the top of the page. I really like the Orange Harley with box along with the flat black Crossbones build.
    I know it's been awhile but I'd though I'd check in and see how the dna rearend is holding up? I finally have the funds to start my project bUT im unsure what kit I want to get

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    Rybeatty, Sorry I took so long to get back to you.I've been riding the trike for a couple months now with no problems. The rear brakes are nothing to brag about but they work. I don't do long trips but for my usage the DNA has been just fine on the Sporty. Very easy to roll around, and turns very well in a tight circle. I was worried about having enough power but truth be told I can't feel any difference with the kit on, this thing goes like stink just like it used too. I now believe a 883 would even be fine with a Trike kit my 1200 is faster than it needs to be and surprised a few of my buds on their big twins. Good fun! I would still like a new Free Wheeler some day but I can live with the Sporty until the Lotto comes through, HA Ha .

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    Yea a 1200 sporty is nothing to shake your head at. The power to weight ratio is very good. And the trike kit on those is not very heavy so you do not loose a lot. It really does make a great trike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Man 2 View Post
    Rybeatty, Sorry I took so long to get back to you.I've been riding the trike for a couple months now with no problems. The rear brakes are nothing to brag about but they work. I don't do long trips but for my usage the DNA has been just fine on the Sporty. Very easy to roll around, and turns very well in a tight circle. I was worried about having enough power but truth be told I can't feel any difference with the kit on, this thing goes like stink just like it used too. I now believe a 883 would even be fine with a Trike kit my 1200 is faster than it needs to be and surprised a few of my buds on their big twins. Good fun! I would still like a new Free Wheeler some day but I can live with the Sporty until the Lotto comes through, HA Ha .
    Cool man I finally got mine and I am working on getting it put together. I was worried about the weight but you eased my mind! Trying to upload a pic but it won't let me do it on my phone. I took pics up to where I'm at in the project and I think I might do a build thread

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    Default DNA axle dimensions

    I would really like to use one of these axles on my Triumph Bonneville. Any way you could measure it for me. I just need to know how wide it is from wheel mounting surface to wheel mounting surface, and where the chain or belt drive is from either side. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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