It has been a hot Summer this year and have used the trike quite a bit. The tires were showing quite a bit of wear so I decided to get them replaced and check the trike over at the same time. One of the front wheel bearings felt a little sloppy so I replaced all of them on the two front wheels. I also replaced the brake fluid, Oil and filter and rear drive oil. I checked the valves and they were spot on so no adjustment needed. I pulled the clutch bell and checked the clutch shoes. they showed minimal wear and the belt still looked like new. I also checked the Variator and all looked fine. There was minimal dust when blowing out the case and everything still looked like new inside.
Here is a list of the maintenance since starting the project in 2013.
Maintenance Records Eco Exo R 2-18-2013 Mileage 2-18-2013 8360 When Purchased Mileage 4-9-2017 12900 7-5-2018 15564
Valve Check and adjustment (every 3500 Miles) Miles 8360 (4-27-14) Miles 15634 (7-5-18) (next 19134)
Clean and service Clutch and Variator 8360 Miles 4-6-2017 (Check Belt every 7500 & replace at 14500) Replaced and cleaned at 10564 miles (4-6-17) (Replace belt at 25,064) Checked and cleaned at 15634 miles (7-5-18) (next at 23134)
Way to go Eddie..... The Eco-Exo maintenance here is all done for the season. I have been riding both trikes since I returned from my vacation. I did the annual inspection/maintenance in May on the Eco-Exo, and naturally got my ticket to ride the TR1KE in May as well.
I have to say, you went the extra mile on your annual. It will be running long after global warming kills us all... LOL... Seriously, a good maintenance plan is essential for getting you there and back. Ever notice the Harley owners taking their bikes out for a ride..... in the bed of a trailer or pickup. Poor maintenance may have gotten them there, but no maintenance is a sure way to call the misses to ask her to bring the truck (trailer) and help you load your HOG and drive it home.
Once I got the proper tools the jobs like inspecting valves, replacing wheel bearings and removing the clutch bell and variator are fairly easy to do. I was going to wait till fall but since the tires had to be replaced it just took another day to get everything done and get everything ship shape.
I found the trike so reliable I do not think about breakdowns too much now.
With my trailer I normally would be within 100 miles if anything would go wrong and would be fairly easy to get the trailer and bring the trike back home if needed. It is also the trike's garage so well worth the cost of building it.