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    Thanks! Much appreciated. We will address that!

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    Looks like a fun project Dave, that scoot is definitely a long one.
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    Hey Dave, nice ride and seems like a great price. I sorta like those long raked-out bikes and trikes, guess it's the "old school" look that I like. Your springer looks more like a Denver's Chopper with custom made rockers, I could be wrong. I don't think Sugar Bear ever used twisted metal, that's sorta Denver's thing. Either way I still like it. If set-up correctly I think springers ride great and looks even better. My trike is 13' long, 52 degree rake with a 30" over sugar bear, very soft ride but not a racer, especially in the curves lol. Good luck and Merry Christmas

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    I don't really know too much about VW trikes......BUT one thing I do know that what you got there is very, very cool!

    Ronnie

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    Found out the springer is definitely not a Sugar Bear. Asked the man himself. He confirmed that he never used twisted legs.

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    Yeah...I had doubts that Al built that one.

    But it dont matter.....all is cool as is.

    Go over your trail measurements when you are rebuilding it.

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    Well, after a long winter and long, wet spring...the trike is finally out from under the tarp and off the trailer!

    Since we never heard it run when we bought it, we decided that was the first thing to do...fire 'er up! Well, not so fast...

    Battery was shot, so we hooked up jumper cables and hit the key. Starter went "thump!" Oh oh! Pulled belt guard off, put breaker bar on crank...no turn! Now we are sweating a bit thinking we'd bought a frozen motor! It seemed in too good shape to have major issues, but you never know. I backed the breaker up and the crank turned slightly in opposite direction. So we pulled the plugs, squirted some WD-40 in the cylinders and gently rocked the crank back & forth until it freed up. Turned it a few revolutions with the breaker, then cranked it over with the starter. Now it was turning!

    Screwed the plugs back in, grabbed the starting fluid and she started right up...well almost. It took a little bit to get it to fire, but it finally did! It started but would not idle or run with choke open. We pulled the carb, disassembled & cleaned (Duh! Should have done that first! ). Started it back up, did a little carb and timing tuning and she purred like a kitten! No blue smoke, idles and revs great, sounds healthy! Now we were happy campers...err...trikers!

    Here is a short video...before we cleaned the carb.

    https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.spro...4302513384756/

    So, it runs and the clutch works. Now we can start addressing the stuff that needs fixing! My son is feeling much better about his purchase!

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    So, my son being computer-literate (IE: genius), threw together this virtual concept of his vision for the trike. Kind of 30's art-deco with some steakpunk elements thrown in.

    TrikeProject1.jpg

    Probably won't end up exactly like this, but that is the general idea.

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