I got the speedometer tested on this run. It was a good ride, but need to tighten down and align the steering a bit... I got up to 35 MPH and one handed the Exo and held the video camera with the other hand... It was quite cold out on this run. -9C or about 15F. The motor started but it really balked at it. By the way, the road is 27 feet wide. You need every inch to do a "U" turn. DOUBLE CLICK THE PHOTO FOR VIDEO
Roger Worcester, Massachusetts
Last Edit: Nov 25, 2013 21:18:33 GMT by roger32849
Ed Van Belkom and I have been swapping videos and photos for the last few months. We check each others quality control measures and in general cause each other to spend more, more time, and money and rework to acheive a quality build. We are two "Senior" guys that have a considerable amount of building experience behind us. We are not dead yet and have only just begun to raise "Cain" and terrorize the neighborhoods in our Eco-Exo Reverse trikes. We will continue to post after our builds and let the rest of the mev owners know how we are holding up. So far, So good.
I spent a few hours designing and building the tail light adapter for the rear fender. It is a little heavy but that is okay. I need to wet/dry sand it and it will go out to the powder coater. It is made from 1/8" thick 3" wide flat stock. I have a little welder in my basement and decided to go for it....
Roger Worcester, Massachusetts
Last Edit: Nov 27, 2013 10:29:12 GMT by roger32849
Tomorrow is the big Prep day before the Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving is somewhat of a two edged sword. There is the huge dinner and all the guests, but then there is the prep and the clean up. At the end I am worn out. So, to all that celebrate, "have a great kick off to the holiday season" and if you happen to be a non participant, I wish you peace, Happiness, and a warm fire.
It has been a few days since Thanksgiving and we are all feeling like beached whales. The event is behind us for another year. Next is Christmas and we always celebrate with family and friends. So, to everyone happy holidays, merry Christmas happy new year.
Okay, building stuff...... I did an alignment on my Eco-Eco-R. In the process I found the left attach point for the steering ball joint spaced about 5/8" (16mm) misaligned. This caused me to have to extend the adapter on the steering rod OUT to make up the difference... I will have to correct it temporarily by making a longer adapter to insure I have sufficient thread bite for steering.
I also took the last of my parts to the powder coaters to be finished. Among these was the tunnel, the rear cover for the engine, the tail light bracket and front turn signal mounts. I also ordered the carbon fiber vinyl covering for the side rails and to cover the panels being used to cover the side gaps on the speedometer housing. I am about finished and should be able to go to the vehicle Registry before Christmas to make the appointment for my inspection.
I have been posting videos on the forum, and you tube showing test rides and walk arounds, progress and so on. If anyone has any questions I will be more than happy to provide any assistance I can manage. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.
You will have to excuse the wooden mock up seat. My curiosity got the better of me and I decided to see what a lower seat would offer. I ordered a fiberglass kart seat similar to a Tillett. I will see how it goes. The items I had at the powder Coaters were finished and I collected them yesterday. Today I will try to get as much done as I can. I noticed it snowed last night so it will not be warm inside the garage.
The front shocks remain somewhat of a problem. In order to fine tune a suspension the internal valving and dampening must be altered. The shocks provided have 114 pound springs. My free sag is around 3/8" and when loaded it is 1-1/4", but in the test rides I have taken, it is quite stiff, telling me the internal valving may be to restrictive for the load. I may opt for a longer shock going from a 13" to 14" with a softer spring and better internal valving. Ed Van Belkom is actively pursuing this issue and I may follow his lead based upon his findings.
Erik, thanks for the post, and suggestion. I have enjoyed this build and really want to be able to drive it this summer. I managed to do a respectable job with the build by reading your blog and discussing problems with Ed in Wisconsin. Team Turner has always answered my emails and been proactive in problem solving. So Scott, if you are reading this, thanks for everything.
I actually went to youtube and checked out the Kreidler Kart. Neat little machine. Who would have thought someone would make a street legal Go-Kart. I do like your choice in the seat from the F kart Erik. I already bought the Tillett clone XXL and did the measurements so it will be somewhat of a drop in as well. I finished making the rear spring cover and will install it tomorrow. I also mounted the rear lights and license plate mount as well as the other newly powder coated items. Pictures to follow. My build is coming to a close..... Next step is getting it through the legal system.
You fellas keep wanting to get lower and lower on seat height!
Problem with me is the coolant lines going forward. I need at least 1" between the seat and crossbars so I am stuck with what I have now. I know about the wiring loom but Roger was able to flatten his so he des not have that problem.
Then again I am 5'7" so that helps in my department.
Roger you have been tackling problems from the start but you seemed to have solved them all and have a beautiful trike to show of you effort.
You know as much as I there is nothing in the states that is close in price for what you have now.
To go the extra mile is not for anybody else but for yourself, as you are cruising the back roads saying man! I am so glad I installed this or that. That is what brings a smile on my face every time I finish a project.
I bought a go cart seat similar to the Tillett brand. Heavy duty fiberglass and somewhat padded. I fabricated the base mount to bolt to a pair of slide units so I can have a little adjustability fore and aft. Today I will head to the hardware store and get a few feet of 3/4" square stock to make the supports for the back of the seat. At this stage, I am not sure if I need to install brackets for the thigh support or not. I am thinking "Not". The reason for he seat change is the new seat allows me to sit into the trike lower which naturally would lower the CG, but the plus in all of this is my thighs clear the bottom of the steering wheel allowing increased freedom of movement to go from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal. Once this is installed and coated I disagreeembly will be finished and I will be giving my work a thorough punch list inspection before submitting it for the state authorities scrutiny.
I still have to tuck a couple of sub wiring harness's in place and secure them. I plan to do a lot of tweaking and adjusting to get the ride comfortable and to insure what I have done as the builder is safe and reliable. As much as I liked the small headlights and turn signals that are mounted on Scott's demonstrator they will not pass inspection in Massachusetts. We share with California the distinction of being the leader in vehicle safety and emissions controls in the entire USA. For this reason, all lighting from front to rear is 2013 Department of Transportation certified. This is the same for brake lines, pads and calipers, rotors as well as the horn. Other items such as wheels, tires and exhaust and other OEM Suzuki parts are naturally in useable condition and will pass the inspectors eye. One of the things that will not be inspected or tested is the emissions system. It is not done on Motorcycles here, but I have all sensors, EGR system, and filters required to pass should they decide to make an exception. I have purposely gone the extra bit to insure I have no problems.
I will make my appointment for inspection next week. I will post the date..
I got the seat mount brackets fabricated. The mounts were easy enough to make and the seat is quite sturdy. The entire seat is fiberglass and quite heavy duty, but I reinforced the back with 3/4" square tube. It sits quite comfortably and does exactly what I needed it to do. The seat is going to be sanded and coated today. Once installed it will officially complete my project. As a footnote, I am keeping the original RCI seat close at hand, just in case this faux Tillett seat fails in the long run comfort test. Completed video to follow.
PS: It is 10 degrees F or -12C.. Not to conducive to working in the garage..