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can you guys explain to me a little about the rear end in your average trike?
I have a project in mind I just need more info.

Are they chain driven or shaft?
Are they live axles?
Anyone have Pics?
How is the braking done?
Any good source to get one?

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labelkills said:
can you guys explain to me a little about the rear end in your average trike?
I have a project in mind I just need more info.

Are they chain driven or shaft?
Are they live axles?
Anyone have Pics?
How is the braking done?
Any good source to get one?

thanks
I would say 95% of trikes are chopped vw beetles. The remaining motrcycle style trikes I dont have a clue about. Someone is building a triumph trike using a lawn mower rear end on here, but I dont know what standerd is.
 

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labelkills said:
A rear end like the one on that trike could work.
where did that rearend come from?

Is it possible to change a chain drive to a shaft drive?
It's a Quaiffe chain drive diff with reverse gear, the wishbones were fabricated in the shop. It uses Ford drive shafts and heavily modified up-rights.
 

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that rearend is amazing! It is exactly what I need. But it looks pricey. This is a low budget build.
I have gone over the pics 10 times now.

I need to start taking progress pics, not just before and after
 

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anyone ever used a quickchange from an old sprint car or midget racer? looks like they would work really slick and look killer. not to mention the ability to dial in the rear end ratio that works best with whatever rear tires you want to use.
 

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the btw site (brothers of the third wheel) is FULL of how to's and examples of homemade trike designs. tons of options and ideas.
 

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I would say 95% of trikes are chopped vw beetles. The remaining motrcycle style trikes I dont have a clue about. Someone is building a triumph trike using a lawn mower rear end on here, but I dont know what standerd is.
Here is the one with the lawn tractor rear end. It has a jackshaft to get the gear ratios back in the ballpark. Rear brakes are off of a late model Lincoln Town car (calipers and hats), Wilwood master cylinder.
 
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