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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

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.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drift_Trikes

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

Bunnings

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

Online


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 

Other

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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bmarble124 months ago

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

Benheywood5 months ago
What and where did you get those wheels?
cwcorbin6 months 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.

isaacwilk6 months ago

I'm looking at making something like this... just to make sure - it has a centrifugal clutch right? (like a chainsaw - it engages when the engine revs high enough)
I've got a 50cc motor, but it's pretty gutless. Wondering if a centrifugal clutch will allow the wheels to spin out or not...

robot7977 months 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?

mattwilkinson9 months ago
What holds the sprocket in place?
Lpower9310 months ago
Thanks for the tips. For those who cant find sprockets, sprocket hubs/clamps and pillow bearings here's the links.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mini-Pocket-Bike-68-Tooth-Drive-Sprocket-Air-Water-Cooled-Models-Extra-Speed-/171151357587?pt=AU_Motorcycle_Parts_Accessories&hash=item27d96a7693&_uhb=1

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=pocket+bike+sprocket&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC1.A0.X5%2F8+pillow+bearing&_nkw=5%2F8+pillow+bearing&_sacat=0

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mini-Pocket-Bike-68-Tooth-Drive-Sprocket-Air-Water-Cooled-Models-Extra-Speed-/171151357587?pt=AU_Motorcycle_Parts_Accessories&hash=item27d96a7693&_uhb=1
Deriva9810 months 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 :)
http://www.thebigbearingstore.com/pillowblockbearing.html
willisdaye11 months 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
http://www.target.com/p/huffy-green-machine-20/-/A-14071656
I saw this one way cooler
MicahMan101 year 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!
mmkaliski1 year 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.
sblack101 year ago
What Wheels did you use?
grapenut1 year 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)  grapenut1 year ago
Yep, there is a freewheel mechanism in the front hub which stops them from spinning..
bmccourt1 year ago
hello where did you buy the back sprocket from?? i cant find any!
josh333 (author)  bmccourt1 year ago
poket bike store on ebay, they are pretty common
what about the pilow bearings?
kidgambit2 years ago
could u use the same nut tighten like u did with the wheel to the sprocket
ok so this might be stupid but whats the purpose of the wheel hub next to the sproket....

to be honest i dont reall know what a wheel hub is
msottile12 years ago
I can't find wheel hub to fix the sprocket! Can you post a link please?
nibbler1253 years ago
you have to much rake on the front wheel. The forks should be at a 90degree angle to the ground. it will help you drift allot.
yungThinker3 years ago
over all how much did it cost to make because i am thinking of making one and are on a low budget,
karnold703 years ago
Hmmmm.. (evil genius brain bubbling). I'm a big guy (around 300 and over six foot) I love the idea, but I think I'd definatly have to build my own frame. Possibly use a BMX type tire for the front. What do you guys think about using an electric scooter motor with some smallish deep cycle batts?
TSC3 years ago
Did you get this from brendonv from youtube! Cause he built some thing like this!
oud253 years ago
not wanting to sound stupid but couldnt you just replace the sproket in a chainsaw motor and put a direct chain to the axle, and then reroute the engine brake to the handle which would kill the engine and stop the chain in an emergency but thats only if it decides to roll or something
dude-man-133 years ago
how much did all of this cost?
That looks absolute mentalness , just please tell me that the water bottle aint got your twostroke mix in it
josh333 (author)  BarcodeZombie3 years ago
only for a day!! I was desperate to try it and my propper mower tank had not come yet
A Fairy washing up liquid bottle makes quite a good temporary/bodge fuel tank with the fuel line over the nozzle :) also supply for when you have to balance bike carbs :) Keep it shiny side up
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