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Subaru ( and other engine) TRIKES
Posted 14 April 2004 - 02:51 PM
I currently have one of the first " as far as we know"
Subaru Trikes in the US.
My questions are a few;
First- Can a four wheel drive auto transaxle be run with some sort of plate
over the front "axle holes" and just used with a drive shaft to a rear differantial?
Is the rear an IRS?
In my case, I have a two wheel drive transaxle with the engine in front of it
but another is being designed to be a little longer and would "require" a short driveshaft.
The other question - If you were NOT using a Subaru, what other
engine/autotransaxle would YOU use - some that would hold-up
ALMOST as well as the Subaru
Any help / ideas ??
Posted 14 April 2004 - 03:25 PM
While he THINKS the frame belongs to him, our frame is older then his
and if you look at his pics ..... Hummm looks a little like mine
I thought about getting one from him, but when you factor in shipping
and the front end, we can have them built in Hartford CT (and possably in Cleveland) at about the same price.
Posted 14 April 2004 - 04:16 PM
P.S. if you want to build a 3-wheeled vehicle that really handles well you need to put the two wheels in the front.
Posted 14 April 2004 - 04:48 PM
The very idea of taking an engine, and HANGING it behind the axle
just doesn't sit well with me, also the idea of using adapters
between the engine and transmission / transaxle is not something I want
to do ....
EVERYBODY does it that way, If I wanted to be like everyone else,
I'd be riding a VW powered trike "wheeley machine" !!
I currently Ride a Subaru !!
Posted 14 April 2004 - 05:50 PM
Posted 05 December 2004 - 04:09 PM
i have had a clutch pak apart and made a set of plates to "lock" up the clutch
Posted 05 December 2004 - 06:02 PM
Posted 05 December 2004 - 11:20 PM
At the risk of heresy, perhaps a Toyota or Nissan, 4 or V6...
... or how about a Honda?
Posted 07 December 2004 - 03:58 PM
Posted 21 December 2004 - 12:10 AM
Kennedy Engineering sells adapter plate to bolt a Subaru to a VW trans-axle. Do a web search for subaru conversion. There's also a subaru conversion group on Yahoo Groups that can help you with parts.
Don, yes you can use the Subbie 4wd auto transaxle and you don't need any 'caps' over the front drive splined stubs sticking out unless your just concerned about cosmetic appearance. They are already sealed (no fluids will leak out). Your trike looks well engineered, have you been into this 'Ru' thing for long. I used to be the parts manager at J and B Motors down on Superior Ave. in the 1980's. I notice youv'e used an AE81 engine/trans combo on the trike, I still have a few 'oldy' parts stached. Maybe we can help each other out. Gary
Posted 09 January 2006 - 12:08 PM
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 10:50 AM
When you have an instrument rated com licence in your pocket you begin to think like me.
??? What does this refer to?
After doing the ground school and passing the writtens for both with presentable scores, I made two decisions.
1. I don't want to be in WX in a little airplane, no matter how it's equipped, and what rating I have in my pocket.
2. Like my old ex USAF/airline Daddy said, "Boy, airplanes are like women, they're fun to play with, but as soon as money is involved it becomes work!"
It ain't the destination , for me it's the trip. I guess that's why I've owned a Luscombe, Champ, and now the Spezio.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 01:15 AM
another alternative would be a chevy Corvair drivetrain. all were air-cooled boxer 6 cyl. ranging in hp from 90hp(early '60-'63 i beleive), 110hp, 140hp(turbo pre-'65), and 180hp (turbo post '65). all were available with chevy powerglide automatic trans. i even see guys put these in motorcycles. again i beleive all you need to do is flip the diff in the transaxle to run it mid engine. they also had irs.
just my .02
ps. if you're looking for a corvair, ive got a '65 with a 110hp im looking to get rid of.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 02:03 AM
heres another better look...
this one has a mid engine subaru with a vw transaxle...
just a couple of things to throw inthe mix
Posted 30 January 2006 - 07:30 AM
Posted 27 February 2006 - 07:09 PM
Posted 01 March 2006 - 09:39 PM
Or if you have to - lol - you can try a Honda (not auto) trike..
Posted 04 March 2006 - 10:20 AM
It is always best to center or force most of the weight towards the middle - rather then the rear..
Using a VW or 911 914 trans will allow you to mount the engine as a rear engine.
However if you want to use a subaru engine and 2wd transaxle combo - K.I.S.S. = less work - you can go with a mid-engine mount - this should help cut down the wheelieeeees - one will have with a rear engine trike...
I have studied and build a few trikes over the years. And even though the tirkes I built were all Harley - I have seen, spoke with and even read - about those who owned or built a vw rear engine trike... Most with any HP - had wheelie-bars..
Good Luck, Tony
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