Help Identifying Parts on Trike

May 16, 2024
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Indiana
Name
Jim
I am currently trying to learn all I can about this trike, and was wondering if anyone could help me identify what these parts came off of (yes, garage/barn is a mess, but working on it).

First is the fork...What kind of Harley is this from? Got a clue from the 100th anniversary badge, but that could have been added on also.

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Next is the tank...speedometer housing looks kinda old, with no large switch:


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Finally, the clutch slave cylinder...is this a Harley part or VW?

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Any ideas?

Thanks,

Jim
 
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Hi Jim, The master cylinder looks like an aftermarket one used on dune buggies. I have two on my trike, one for the clutch and one for the rear brakes. I forget the brand but on mine the bore size is marked on the side.
 
Thanks! That has a very short throw, and the foot pedal is pretty narrow and hard to work with my foot...tends to slip off (I'm only about 5'7").

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Any ideas on a better foot pedal, like a flat plate, or possibly a rubber pad that would fit over the rod? Would make it much easier to use. Edit: I did see some flat pedals, with rubber pads on them. Need one that bolts on like the current one...or possibly like the brake pedal on the other side...just need some surface area and grip.

Thanks,
Jim
 
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Welcome to the world of VW trikes where you will learn all types of engineering and fabrication skills. The vast majority of VW trikes are one-offs built by an individual to their own design parameters. Pedal looks like its round. Possibly put a bicycle handlebar grip over metal or some rubber heater hose with a couple of screws on the bottom to keep it from rotating.
 
Welcome to the world of VW trikes where you will learn all types of engineering and fabrication skills. The vast majority of VW trikes are one-offs built by an individual to their own design parameters. Pedal looks like its round. Possibly put a bicycle handlebar grip over metal or some rubber heater hose with a couple of screws on the bottom to keep it from rotating.
Yes, it's a 1" round bar. Found something that might work if it had a larger i.d.

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Will look some more to find something that fits. Possibly could glue it on.

This will be a fun project with all the little things to fix and upgrade. Will be fun when it's done!
 
LTRuf, I like that...Will look for something like that.

VWBug, yeah, this was definitely built to someone's specs...they must have been pretty tall. Everything is a bit further out, harder to reach, like the ape hangers...Got to find a set about 18", maybe with a turn down, so it will be easier to control the steering during a turn. It's kind of a stretch to keep hold of the handlebar.
Nice thing about this trike...I'll be able to customize it to my specs.
 
Found a solution to the clutch pedal. Bought a set of wide footrests, took one of them and locked the arm that moves to allow you to store the footrest. It lines up with the pedal well:

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Seems to be the right size and angle. I can push the clutch down now with my foot resting on the platform, and easily push it down. It should be locked down well...used star washers to keep it from moving.

Got a few more things to do to this...hope to get them done soon, get the plate and start riding!
 
Get them to where they fit you and feel right to you.....what ever it takes. That stuff being where your foot expects it to be is important to safety.

Make sure you have enough lever length to make the pressure you have to push is acceptable to what you can do.

My controls are tiny.....motorcycle sized. As I age I may have to change that.

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