You are going to have to remove the Eco-Exo logo from your trike and apply a Ferrari logo if you keep going in same direction with all those upgrades. Anyway, sounds like you have your photon blaster beams all aligned, calibrated, and fully operational. Now to find a planet to destroy, maybe something in a Galaxy far far away.
Hey Eddie: Do you have your slide rule in hand? What's next on the Project. Pretty soon your trike will be like the Delorean on "Back to the Future".... Yea, Roads???.where you're goin you don't need ROADS!!...
I was able to pick up a pair of 2012 front calipers for very low cost. I will see how hard they would be to adapt to what I have now. If it is too much work and not getting much benefit from them, I will just resell them to someone else. They are smaller,lighter and are a right and left pair. They are sliders instead of fixed like what I have now. We will see.
Well it will require some cutting and welding on the mounts to make them fit properly. If I decide to do it I might wait till the end of the riding season so I have all Winter to work on it. The two wheel hoops will have to be repainted after welding so not a small quick job I suspect.
I should be done about the time you get yours approved.
It is mid winter now Eddie. I know you wanna do it...... YOU know you wanna do it. So you might as well get it done. It will probably be a huge improvement over your current calpers. I say go for it now while it is still cold. It shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks..... still Winter when you "get er done"!!! LOL
By the time I added and welded the extra metal to fit the new caliper's I might only save about 10-15 Oz for both and that just would not be worth the hassle to change them. I also think the 2005 caliper looks better overall even if it is bigger.
Once I knew what washers I needed to shim each caliper they worked perfect for 3000 miles. I have everything written down and on the PC so it no longer is an issue.
My 2005 calipers are like new and parts are easily available so it was the right decision to make. It was worth checking it out and spending the afternoon trying to see how they would fit to find out I already have the best of the two calipers installed.
Well Edward. Some answers you get for free, some you get for $39.99 but ya get free shipping. I never tried to mount the 2008 calipers, it just made my build easier to use the 2006 and older. Since I was using a newer model engine, I suspected I would have more issues with the fitment of the newer model donor parts than I did. I agree with you about the older calipers. They are darned nice looking... "Snazzy" even, especially when powder coated bright red..... like, ohhhh... Mine for instance... I have never had a bit of problem with brake effectiveness, fade, balance or any other issue. I agree with you on the shims. Once in place, budda...bing.... they do the trick to align the calipers.
There was a lot of territory all of us blazed for the Eco-Exo. You with the front mounted radiator, and me with the newer model engine... As well as Erik with his build emulating his favorite "Monster"... "Ducati Monster" that is. As we went forward, we know how the tires wear, how the brakes stop and how amazed we are at the speed that 400cc engine delivers. With so many miles on our builds, we have spent minimal time (if any at all) on repair. I do have to admit, I enjoy making the subtle changes, the face lifts and other stuff associated with "making it mine". We can't really call those repairs.
I know we have this running joke about doing the final and absolute last thing to (your) trike. A change of some sort to make it better, safer, brighter, more comfortable, music, horns, and then something else after all of that....and off you go again down the happy trail to "Builder Fulfillment City". No matter what, there will always be, a trailer, a trike cover, LED lit something or other, or in this instance newer calipers...."sigh"..... :-) Doesn't it feel good though...... What's next?
Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and see where it takes you. This was something that just nagged me for the last couple years and I can now put it to rest. I was able to return it so little money was lost.
I pretty much have it as far as I can go and the last details has proven the correct choice so no longer need to make any more changes.
The bonnet and instrument panel has turned out so well it now only takes seconds to remove or install both for maintenance.
Since mine is done everyone has their eyes set on Roger's new modifications.
I was able to buy a pneumatic brake bleeder today and replaced the brake fluid and bled all three calipers. It only took about 15 minutes and I have a rock hard petal. I took it for a spin and the brakes work perfectly now. I was easily able to lock the front wheels if needed so the balance between the front's and rear seems about right.
I am going for a short spin tonight to see how the headlights work out. I will post a video if I can. Then it will be in storage till Spring. I sure am glad to get all the details completed now so in spring I just have to turn the key and go!
Very nice video. The new lights (lasers) are really bright. Just keep away from the airports as not to blind pilots on final. I will be looking for more videos, like in the daytime to functional test your freshly bled brakes... Maybe a drifting video, or smoke show...
I will be back in the garage today. Going to finish some stuff and then post pictures when I finish, which will more than likely be this Sunday.