EATSRHPV-Mart's E-Assist Tilting Full Suspension Trike build

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Working out the Roll-cage/body profile

Post by Frakentrike » Jan 03, 2018 8:47 pm

Working out the overall profile of the roll-cage/body. I was originally going to go for fibreglass/carbon fibre for complex 3 curves to the body but with my current level of expertise, equipment and time I'm now thinking I'll take the easy way out and stick with 2D curves and hopefully end up with something not too ugly or non-streamlined. The reality is that it has to be an open-sided body to allow for the tilting of suspension and the contra-tilting steering levers sticking out to the sides so putting effort into a more streamlined form is probably wasted effort!
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Re: EATSRHPV-Mart's E-Assist Tilting Full Suspension Trike build

Post by Frakentrike » Jan 04, 2018 9:20 am

I bent the first B-pillar roll-bar into shape and tack-welded it onto the trike after two earlier attempts to get the right compound curves that would clear the front wheels at maximum lock and when tilting as well as clear the heels of my feet when pedalling. Quite tricky.

I then managed to quite accurately mirror the second B-pillar on the other side after a bit of trial and error (yay!) and it's all looking good. Tomorrow I'll work on the rear roll bar and then the two tubes that will form the roof, windscreen A-pillars and nose.

At this rate I may manage to get most of the roll cage done before I run out of holidays. Just need to buy a new Tube-bender - I've bent the old one. I guess it doesn't like cromoly steel. Weak. :-)
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e-assist FrankenTrike homebuilt 1984
Current build: EATSRHPV E-Assist Tilting Full-Suspension Recumbent Trike
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Re: EATSRHPV-Mart's E-Assist Tilting Full Suspension Trike build

Post by macribs » Jan 04, 2018 1:09 pm

Maybe the camera angles is playing tricks on me, but that seems to be a very tall cockpit?
Thought about a more discrete wind wrap? Here is Adams trike with wind wrap, he also uses a canopy sometimes.
Easy in/out and too.


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Arcus and TryTrike

Post by Frakentrike » Jan 04, 2018 5:10 pm

Hi Macribs, the body is taller than velomobiles like Adam's as I'm aiming for a roofed design more like a combination of the Arcus:

...and the TryTrike:
e-assist FrankenTrike homebuilt 1984
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Re: EATSRHPV-Mart's E-Assist Tilting Full Suspension Trike build

Post by macribs » Jan 04, 2018 5:31 pm

Ahh now it makes sense. I thought you would leave the sides open due to suspension/tilting but I know see this will be full on fairing.

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Roll Cage Tacked Together

Post by Frakentrike » Jan 08, 2018 7:26 am

The major components of the roll cage are now tacked together to check out the geometry and wheel and foot clearances. I’ll have to take a break for a couple of weeks now, but when I get back will fabricate the windscreen and body panels. Later I’ll work on the rear body.

e-assist FrankenTrike homebuilt 1984
Current build: EATSRHPV E-Assist Tilting Full-Suspension Recumbent Trike
Build Blog: http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageb ... p?t=113645
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Test Run with Roll Cage

Post by Frakentrike » Jan 08, 2018 8:37 pm

Test Run with Roll Cage installed

e-assist FrankenTrike homebuilt 1984
Current build: EATSRHPV E-Assist Tilting Full-Suspension Recumbent Trike
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Roll Cage painted

Post by Frakentrike » Mar 31, 2018 10:58 pm

The roll cage is now painted and looking a lot better. Once dry, I'll be fitting the roof panel and then the front windscreens and bolting the new indicator/mirrors back on and wiring up the rest of the lights and controls.

I also replaced my old hub motor which was stuttering badly with a new Solarbike 1kW hub which also boasts disc brake mounts so I'll be welding on a disc brake bracket on the rear forks in the near future to give me 3 disc brakes all round.
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Painted Roll-cage 360 degree video

Post by Frakentrike » Apr 01, 2018 5:22 pm

e-assist FrankenTrike homebuilt 1984
Current build: EATSRHPV E-Assist Tilting Full-Suspension Recumbent Trike
Build Blog: http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageb ... p?t=113645
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Re: EATSRHPV-Mart's E-Assist Tilting Full Suspension Trike build

Post by adam333 » Apr 05, 2018 10:42 am

The roll cage look great!

how much weight did it added?

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Re: EATSRHPV-Mart's E-Assist Tilting Full Suspension Trike build

Post by Frakentrike » Apr 07, 2018 4:36 pm

It's not too heavy as it is made out of fairly thin-walled cromoly steel so it hasn't affected my top-end speed at all from the test rides I've done so far. I'm a little slower going up steep hills, but it is hardly noticeable. I'll be doing the weight calculations in the next few days once I've cut out the window panels.
e-assist FrankenTrike homebuilt 1984
Current build: EATSRHPV E-Assist Tilting Full-Suspension Recumbent Trike
Build Blog: http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageb ... p?t=113645
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy5hIJ ... b3XYsXMlAw

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