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    The kardon carbs do have a range for each group of jet settings/venture size. So if the 1600 is not overly beefed up, my carbs are set for my needs, but if it has had some other hidden inside work done, well it would push it to the next size venturie and jets that coincide with it.

    They can be adjusted to run on most engines, but to dial them in so all is performing top notch, that takes a bit more work, but it is suppose to be well worth the effort. I am sure with time and some money I will get this on the road again. Think I might enjoy going around the blocks a few more times first before doing the front end project.

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    You will probably have to make the front. Especially with that much rake.

    Or live with large trail. Which ain't all bad.

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    I knew I had a chance I would have to spend money to get things correct, and started to see it might be on the front end, now I know it is for sure in need of replacing.

    Okay this is a pricey area, so one should make sure the rest of the trike is worth this next step.

    Engine, running, not to worn, but worn more to lack of a oil cooler used, just have that feeling about it, hope I am wrong.

    Did the time and instrument panel, wiring, and putting it all down on paper. Spent some body work time sealing old holes, changing switch's, any how more time.

    But, before anymore time or money is spent, I would think one should make sure that the center beam to rear end can be aligned, is not bent, I should be able to put the rear drive axle's over the Tsquare on the floor, work back from left to right adjusting them so they are aligned, look and see how the center beam lays over the center line............

    Okay how about this, think it works easier, set the center beam over the center line, and shot a lazer level beam of the neck post center to see that it aligns to the center line... now step to the rear end and see if the axles line up on their line, or how much adjustment is needed, and if it can be adjusted. As I see it, if all got knocked off, well I should be able to get it back, if something got bent, I should be able to prove that. I know the frame was all painted after all welding was done and it helps looking over the welds.

    My project, I know, just working the mind and making sure I approach this the right way. I do welcome any feed back or help you think you can give me. Even advice or your opinion, but "everyone has their right to their opinion as long as it is mine. " right ? LOL, my wife got me a shirt saying that.

    Seriously, new area to me, I can only apply what I learn and figure out in my head, which is not always right, but at least I am trying to keep all working. " use it or lose it"

    A Dead horse, a money bit, or just a bit more of a project than first expected, but it is worth the effort ? any thoughts ?

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    Well.....

    I dont know how old you are or what you like to do.

    If you want something to tinker with or if you want something you can ride and enjoy now?

    I think it would be worth fixing up.

    I can not see what is bent. But it sounds like you are going to have some weld and fab to do.

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    I am 57 years young and getting younger mentally everyday, LOL

    I do not need to ride right now, just that desire to, plus the trike has just been waiting for me to get it on the road. Told myself "doing something with it, or sell it". I started to do things so I could ride. As we know one thing led to another, but still all was worth the time, money, and skinned knuckles, at least to me it was.

    I like to play with engines and things, this year engine is still with in my abilities, from mid 80's up I try to avoid, newer cars just get longer stronger warranty coverage on them so I do nothing, oh pay for it.

    I will get done with the rear end for what I can see and achieve, just lifted front end up 3.5 inchs and noticed a change in drive axle angle, not a lot, but it changed, so just going with what I have height wise set now in rear, and calculate the forks from this. I will still have room to go up or down in the rear some if I need to for that fine tuning of the ride and handling.

    I will not 100% be able to confirm if the trees are bent, from what I see right now, something is bent, so for sure have to remove the body from frame. Plus I can get more true accurate measurements with out the body on, also if I take off the forks I can lay the center beam down the on the line, put rear axles on their line, and see how it all is.

    I do feel it would have more value repaired, even if it requires new forks made, just would take a little longer to get that price, but the right person would see the value in it, at least I think so.

    I do not want to sell it, I was just looking at it from that angle, plus the wife always likes it when I can get my money back out of things, or the usage from it.

    I have a full summer ahead of me. I am up early every morning, so I have something to pass that time until the house wakes up. It all will work out, and later when I get all prepared and ready, I will rebuild the engine.

    I know that can be a whole nother can of worms I open, but that is why I said when I am ready, just pray all holds together until that time comes.

    Out for more weed pulling, they are not that bad, but a few coming up out of the rock, flower beds are just loaded with them this year. At least it is warm outside today.

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    Well I am 56. Still work 7 days a week 10 to 12hrs a day just like when I was young.

    I am getting worn down though.

    So you still have some time and strength left.

    It would be great to get to ride around the block a few times and see if it is what you really like and want to do/have. Then spend or not.

    I am voting for fixing it.

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    Yes, I to vote for keeping it, at least until I reach a point of no return.

    I can tackle one issue at a time, take my time doing it, all will give me something to do that I enjoy and want to do.

    It is my toy, just like she has her rocks and craft stuff to play with, I have my Trike.

    I already hit one little obstacle, I have to get a plug, male female pair, and wire it in on the rear light so that when I want to remove the body it is just unplug things and lift it off. It will be nice just to set the body back on and plug things back together. I will look it over and do what is needed for body removal, and than the fun begins.

    Thank you all for all the help

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    I'm 70 and retired and tired, but got some go yet. This trike project of mine has been most enjoyable, lots of work and lots of armchair contemplation! Not done yet, and very well may be a perpetual project!

    At this point, mainly test rides close to home. I would say to anyone who would listen, great forum here, lots of friendly help. Grandpanystrom....enjoy your project, Its a good one. Snu... thanks for all the information you have given all of us trike folks here. much appreciated!

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    I am a bit upset about the time spent trying to figure things out only to find someone bent it up. Now to really find out what was done to straighten things. There is a wrong way and a right way, plus most the time it is better to replace what is damaged instead of making it work.

    I have been wondering if the trailing arms are bent, or at least for sure the right side, but hard for me to tell.

    I just spent yesterday reading on Samba, in he baja forum, and yes it is off road and things take a beating, but all say that stock arms get bent in a way many say "no", yet when they do upgrade to new stronger ones, the camber issue is resolved.

    For me, well that is a new rear drive axle set up also.

    I even read where over time the wide tire idea, like on my trike, will effect the camber in a negative way. I think because orginal design was not for this, so all wears and gives over time, could be wrong just the same.

    I do want to go back to the short stub axle, the new hub with the tighter bolt pattern, along with the trailing arm. That should do it, but it does mean new rims for the rear, kinda need new tires, so doing it would not be all bad.

    But what if one spends the $$, does the work, and than things still are off ???

    or is this just one of those things we do and just hope for the best....... I am still at the rear end trying to get it balanced and aligned, and of course I never get the time that I need to spend on it, LOL.

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    I would fix it.....but.....well....I may be the wrong person to ask.

    You know I just put more money and effort into one that it will ever be worth. It has no real sell value. I did it cuz I wanna.

    Do you wanna?

    Do you want something built by your own hands?

    Or do you want something that has value/resell?

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