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    This is already an awesome start to this "tech" thread.

    What I think I will end up doing, if it's okay with you Rex, is start adding these links that you've provided, to the original post.

    At least that way they won't get lost in the shuffle of posts.

    If this builds up to being the type of thread I believe it will be, then we will most likely "sticky" the thread to ensure it is easy to follow and find.



    So, with all that said, let's all pay close attention to what Deathbysnusnu has to say. As most know, he is an awesome trike builder!!!!!!!!

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    I am not a professional trike/bike builder at all.

    I am an old motorhead.
    I am a mechanical engineer by trade.
    I do build custom machinery for factories.
    I do something different every day.

    And Stinger. It is up to you how things are organized. I am offering up tech links and trying to direct thoughts on how to understand it all.

    Feel free to add and/or organize as necessary.

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    I like Tech threads
    I learn so much
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathBySnuSnu View Post
    I am an old motorhead.
    Not bad for an old motor head ...
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    For VW info I would also suggest the links below
    There are more I just cant think of right now
    http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewforum.php?f=46

    http://www.3fowlers.com/manual.html
    see the links at the bottom of this page

    Also BTW had a good tech thread for a long time but I have not been there for a long time
    Thank you

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    You guys probably know this but, you can tell alot about how a sidecar or trike is going to steer just by turning the handle bars lock to lock. Watch how far the bike moves side ways. If it only moves a small amount say 2" then it doesn't have much trail and steering should be relatively easy. If it moves say 4" it has more trail and will uaually be harder to steer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowler View Post
    For VW info I would also suggest the links below
    There are more I just cant think of right now
    http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewforum.php?f=46

    http://www.3fowlers.com/manual.html
    see the links at the bottom of this page

    Also BTW had a good tech thread for a long time but I have not been there for a long time

    Yes. You have some awesome information on your site, Fowler! Great wiring diagrams and other wiring is very informative.

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    Word to the wise, boys and girls, pay very close attention to what these guys are saying about trail. Mine wasn't right on the first build (bought the frame that way and learned the hard way), which resulted in a wicked understeer. I crashed hard when the front end washed out, and I'll never be the same again.

    Just wanted to make the point that this goes way beyond handling. It's definitely a valid safety concern as well.

    Sorry if this is out of place, but I felt it needed to be said...

    PEACE and ride safe!
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    Hey Snu, I'll let you in on a little secrete. You, Dano and the whole VW gang are some of the most admired, appreciated and followed guys on this site. Forum admins have the ability to see who has read a thread via a cumulative list generated and displayed at the bottom of every thread page and I will tell you that you'd be surprised how many people religiously follow the VW posts. You guys rock man!

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    Working today. Got the men at lunch right now.

    Thanks for the input fellow members.

    I will be off the next couple day. I will try to put in another installment.

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