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Drift trikes have been around for a while now and are really growing in popularity, especially in the UK. A few months ago, (god knows how) I stumbled across them and decided that it was to be my new mission!

Whilst doing mine I really struggled for a guide to get over the problems I had stumbled across, so I thought I'd try and put it all in one little handy guide...
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Step 1: Collecting All The Parts

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eBay! In a simple word!
There are plenty of weird and wonderful ways to go about sourcing your trike and ways of building it, so this is how I made mine and in my opinion, one of the easiest ways...

What you really want is a huffy green machine to start with and a frame

Luckily I already had a bmx front end but you'll want one of these too...

Step 2: Cutting Up And The Big Dilemma

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I was lucky and brought my frame pre-cut for £30 as at the time, I didn't have time to make it myself.

If you haven't already got one I would aim to build one the same. (Feel free to email me for dimensions)

The next job is to cut up. You want to take the rear axle off of the huffy keeping the wheels and axle to one side. The next thing to keep is the front wheel.

This is when I came to my big dilemma! As I wanted to be able to pedal my trike I needed to be able to pedal forwards and coast at the same time. What I did was to cut the huffy forks just behind my bmx forks as in the picture.

These will then be welded in the same position to eventually end up as in the second picture.
bricobart1 year ago
In your place I would reinforce that frame immediately where the 'main central pole' makes that welded angle. If that trike will break, it'll be there. Try to weld two triangular plates on both sides. Good luck!

Box section should be strong enough as is, if you do reinforce it use more box section or something wide and flat never a thin sharp edge, I have seen many re-enforcement ideas most of them are "nut cutters" remember if you suddenly stop and slid out of that seat which part of you hits the reinforcement first. i've even seen one guy crazy enough to use a bike gear used as the reinforcement fillet, that don't even bear thinking about.

Dr Qui1 year ago

Looks like you used my method of joining the forks to the huffy? your welds look superb compared to mine, I wish i could have got a proper welder to do mine lol, mine is sound but looks hideous. Anyways have lots of fun, stay safe and wear that protective gear.