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This is my first Instructable

If you haven't heard of the new craze called drift triking then you are missing out!

A drift trike consists of a tricycle with a pneumatic front wheel and hard plastic rear wheels.

The front wheel can have a freewheeling crank or foot pegs

Original Drift Triking

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Step 1: History

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Drift Trikes are tricycles that have slick rear wheels, normally made from a hard plastic material. They are usually ridden on paved roads with a steep downhill gradient and some corners. Smooth roads are preferred to coarse chip sealed road as coarse surfaces tend to wear rear wheels faster.

Riders gather momentum through gravity, although some drift trikes have pedals. Pedals are useful for slow speed riding, but are of no use at high speed. Drift trikes can reach speeds of up to 90km/h, but the normal operating speed is between 25 and 65km/h.

Drift trikes have come along way, one of the first mass produced trike was the Huffy slider as pictured.

Many people upgrade huffy sliders where as some build them from scratch. In this instructable I will be using the front end from the slider and building a bolt on MOTORIZED rear end.

Most of the parts can be bought bought from the hardware and the rest from eBay.

Step 2: Part List

I have split the parts up into where I bought them


1x     m16 threaded rod (Found with the nuts and bolts usually, length is approx 1m
10x   m16 nuts
2x     1m lengths of 30x30mm steel stock
1x     1m length of 20mm steel angle

Various nuts and bolts


1x 49cc pocket bike engine with clutch (eBay) known as a cag engine
1x Pocket bike muffler
1x 7 tooth pinion 25h
1x 62 tooth sprocket 25h
1x 25h chain 


Bearing store 2x 16mm pillow block bearings

I was able to find some things around the house including fuel tank, fuel line and chain tensioner
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I made me a good ol 'Berta rigged up drift trike rock star energy decals and paint and a 160cc honda gx 5.5 horse and oh good lord she rips This is her without the engine rigged up
tpinga15 days ago
Here's my bad boys. Similar to yours but with Go Kart wheels instead of the tiny ones you're rocking.
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spatching25 days ago
I'm having trouble finding a suitable sprocket with a 16mm shaft carrier, what did you use for this part please?
DanielC1726 days ago

can we buy one

motor_mad27 days ago
where did u get the engine bracket or what did you youse.
JamieH31 month ago

Drift triking is so much fun! I test rode the electric ones at Local Motors ( I want to actually build one myself though, but I might resort to just buying one. It's quite a bit of work and time.

kyle.hediger3 months ago

Making a trike out of an old pit bike and i'm using 5/8 rod for the axle. Any idea on where to get a sprocket hub to fit 5/8? can't find one anywhere and don't want to have to make one.

aspato4 months ago

can you send me one picture of the drift trike´s meausurements pls here is my email

where can i buy the wheel hub? and what holds it to the shaft? is it welded to the shaft? please reply i would love to build 1 of these for my son...

Here you go man, this website has lots of good things for builds like this.

AustinL5 months ago

Price range?

13224 AustinL5 months ago

depens how big

jeff.noyes.316 months ago

I could use more details on your wheel set up. I can't find 10" wheels on ebay, and of the ones I find, they have their own bearings. Where and how did you make this set up?

First of all cool idea. but here is my issue. where do i buy the wheel hub? or what can i use for a wheel hub? and is it welded to the shaft? what holds it to the shaft so it drives?

bmarble1211 months ago

is your threaded rod only threaded on the ends or is the whole rod threaded?

Benheywood1 year ago
What and where did you get those wheels?
cwcorbin1 year ago

It's been a little while since you posted this instructable. Looking back on the project, are you happy with all of the choices you made? I am looking at building one, and am wondering if the CAG 49cc motor is still a good choice in your opinion.

robot7971 year ago

i kind of want one of these

but i am not skiled enough to build one

is there a dutch guy who wants to help me?

What holds the sprocket in place?
Lpower931 year ago
Thanks for the tips. For those who cant find sprockets, sprocket hubs/clamps and pillow bearings here's the links.
Deriva981 year ago
What did you need the steel angle for in the end? I'm building this right now so please reply! :)
bowmaster3 years ago
Do you think a 190cc lawn-mower engine would work? I know it had 6.25 ft-lbs of torque, but I don't know about HP.
that would power it all right, and maybe too much power at that!
josh333 (author)  bowmaster3 years ago
Im sure it would have more than enough power..
if this is in australia which im pretty sure it is WHERE DO U GET UR PILLOW BLOCK BEARINGS!!!! pls help also im making an electric one :)
willisdaye1 year ago
Yo I got an old craftsman chainsaw motor to hook up to a trike. do you think I could get a clutch for that? Like a pocketbike clutch?
gamnoparts1 year ago
I'm gonna start out by saying we had big wheels & mean green machines in the 80's, not necessarily new... But I'm gonna finish by saying adding the engine is a ridiculously cool idea.
jbod11 year ago
What's a wheel hub
how much di it cost?
AJD421 year ago
Where did u get that trike please get back thank you
I saw this one way cooler
MicahMan102 years ago
Id like to know what size drive your engine has, because i have an 87 cc 1/2 inch drive that i am trying to find a pinion and sprocket for...PLEASE help me!
mmkaliski2 years ago
I notice that this engine does not have a transmission. Do you think the same engine with a transmission (as seen on ebay) would be better or worse for drifting.
And another quick question, can it hold long drifts around corners? Just wondering.
sblack102 years ago
What Wheels did you use?
grapenut2 years ago
Just to clarify; Why is it that your feet are not going around in circles (on the pedals) as the trike moves forward. Is there some type of free spooling sprocket or something up there that works similarly to most rear wheel sprockets. I probably used all the wrong terms, but I hope you get my meanin.
on my one im just going to rig some stunt pegs on just as foot pegs
josh333 (author)  grapenut2 years ago
Yep, there is a freewheel mechanism in the front hub which stops them from spinning..
bmccourt2 years ago
hello where did you buy the back sprocket from?? i cant find any!
josh333 (author)  bmccourt2 years ago
poket bike store on ebay, they are pretty common
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