Picture of How I built a Drift Trike a step by step guide.
This is a step by step guide to replace the tediously long slide show that frankly did not do any justice to the trike build.

I first discovered the world of drift trikes about 6-8 months ago on You-tube and became instantly hooked and decided that I had to build one of these big crazy tricycles to have some fun on the many hills in the South Down of Northern Ireland area where I live.

I used to ride mountain bikes on these hills but past injuries have left me unable to grind the hills the way I used to,  this is something I have missed over the last few years  but  now that I have a drift trike I can once more enjoy the numerous hills in my area.

One of my friends lives at the to of this 2.5 mile long hill, this is why I had to build the trike, once I get well enough practiced I will ride this hill and upload a video.

The project started on the 18 of September and was finished on the 24th of December Lemmy Kilmister's birthday, is was going to have the Lemmy - Hawkwind - Motorhead theme but finishing the project on his birthday was an added bonus.  There has a time when if I had all these material ready I could have done this project in a couple of days, I had planned this to be an over winter project and was surprised that i managed to get I completed much faster than i had planned.  The trike will not see much action until spring has returned and the days are longer, warmer and drier and I get the road safety side of things organised.

Thanks for looking.

BryanB14 made it!12 days ago
I used a Diamond Back Viper XL frame, cut off the top tube, seat post tube, and the two rear tubes. I used the green machine rear assembly and used big hose clamps to attach it to the frame. The rear of the frame i used a axle and hub from a bike wheel and put pegs on them to hold it all together. It is a ton of fun.
BryanB14 made it!12 days ago
I used a Diamond Back Viper XL frame, cut off the top tube, seat post tube, and the two rear tubes. I used the green machine rear assembly and used big hose clamps to attach it to the frame. The rear of the frame i used a axle and hub from a bike wheel and put pegs on them to hold it all together. It is a ton of fun.
BryanB1412 days ago
I just cut the ends off of the forks and the ends of the Green Machine bearing holders and shoved those into the forks. The tubing slides inside of BMX forks (or at least the ones i had) snugly. Make sure you're lined up straight, drill 2 holes on each side, and put bolts through it.
hippyengineer made it!1 month ago

Your tip on the green machine was awesome and I built my own big wheel/drift trike. Thanks!!

sftriker1 year ago

Hi there - where did you get your seat? And is it comfortable?

Dr Qui (author)  sftriker1 year ago

The seat came from a local lawn bowling club that had a lot of them that where no longer used a bit rusty and in need of a scrub, its just a standard plastic stacking chair. Its comfortable enough for the job, the seats only purpose is to stop you falling out in the corners.

I was wondering how tall you are and how much you weigh and how standard are these dimensions are. As in if they are pretty universal for most people?
Dr Qui (author)  Sinclair4231 year ago
I asked other builders about dimensions, seems to be a 1 to 1.1 ratio on the width of the axle from the outside of the tires and the distance of the wheelbase, also depends on where the seat is, I built mine wide and long to be more stable because I've already had enough accidents that ended in injury's. Your trike will be unique to you but will generally be OK for most other people too
aloomis11 year ago
Great job! The wheel disc paint scheme just gave me an idea for my kayak paint job next season! Have fun and be safe!
Dr Qui (author)  aloomis11 year ago
Thanks, check for Craig Fraser videos on You-tube for more ideas and tips, you can make some really complicated looking effect very easily if you know how.
Great instructions!!! I'm gonna try it out and have some fun!
Dr Qui (author)  kevyoung3691 year ago
Thanks, build it safe and build it strong, and have lots of fun.
the undead2 years ago
do you have any ideas for a cheap/free rear axle that would work for hand truck tires?
Dr Qui (author)  the undead2 years ago
I strongly advise you not to go down the cheap route, spend some money on go kart wheels it will be worth it in the long run, hand truck wheel work but he bearing will give out in no time, they just are not designed to take the speed and force that drift trikes dish out, you will spend more time and money fixing cheap wheels and also risk failure mid run so it's just not worth the risk, check out eBay for used go cart wheels, don't go bid crazy watch a few and see what they are making as i could have got mine about 30% cheaper if i had held out a few days longer,  kart racers seem to buy complete new wheels when the tires are done and ebay is full of used kart wheels. hand tuck wheels sound cheap, but they are not made to go at 50-60kmph sideways and you will need new bearings or upgraded bearings maybe an axle rebuild  which just ends up being more expencive and leave your trike out of action for each new repair, so save up and do i right and you will have no future worries about your wheels other than maybe someday replacing the stock bearings which will be quite cheap anyways.

For the axle and frame use mild steel tube or box section its as cheap as chips, go to a steel fabricator and ask nicely is you could buy some, tell them what you are building and generally they will help you if you don't make a nuisance at a busy time,  all my tubes came out of the cutting racks and they are happy to sell these shorter pieces off, my axle cost about £2.00 and I think the rest of the frame was about £3.00, i also got other small pieces from the scrap bins for free.  if you have you frame design drawn out make a cutting list and ask the guys to cut the pieces to size for you and cut perfect angles, box section would be an easier build, if i build again i will use box as it make welding much easier.

you could weld high tensile bolts or bar directly to the box or tube, all depends of the bearing diamiter of your wheel, I got odd sized bearings in my wheels and I lucky I had a lathe, i would have used solid bar and use split pins if i had no lathe.

Check the dozens of face book pages of drift trikes for ideas, that's what I did, some are wacky and very unsafe looking others are works of art and engineering masterpieces,  Orangebones  drift trikes is a great facebook page with lots of useful ideas.

The best advice i can give you is build strong and buy a good set of wheels as they will be safe and last you a long time and still have a resale value if you give up triking (like that will happen once you start)