Tilter mk3

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Glad you're OK popshot but do watch that leg. Mine didn't look a whole lot worse after I fell off my extension roof but what I thought was a 'scab' was apparently dead skin and an ulcer formed under it. Has taken months of twice weekly cleaning, scraping and dressings to get it to heal up. Only now feeling ok-ish!

Got to say that speed has never attracted me much. I always seem to have in the back of my mind a worry about something breaking. I had a pretty nice Lotus7 lookalike kitcar way back in early 80's and was regularly told I drove like an old woman. True enough but both me and the car were in good condition when we parted company.

I'm going to be the same with my trike/s for sure having seen just what can go wrong if luck is not on your side. Danny and now you have reinforced the feeling.

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I had a Dutton B+ Malaga - a REALLY poor man's 7. The back end rarely followed the front and was regularly off to one side or the other. Couldn't breathe above 70 mph with that flat screen. The damned thing just sucked all the air out behind it.
 
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Had a Melos then a Phaeton both 2litre. Drove them like Morris Minors so breathing never became a problem. Only kit I ever really had complete faith in was one called an Avanti. Bit of a Ferrari Dino look and built on a VW Beetle floorpan and running gear. Had a Scirocco 1600cc engine and went nicely. Felt tight and solid with no rattles or creaks. Drove that one like a Morris Minor 1048 and once reached 65mph- daring eh!

John
 
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I'm really wanting that steering damper before making any speed on it.
I can send you the one I first used on my Python if you want , no need for it now as the whole front does not tilt ?



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The one I've ordered is a very long travel one as where it will sit will require that stroke. Thanks for the offer Paul but that one looks to not have the needed stroke. I was very surprised by the amount of stroke I needed when measured as my first guess was that any damper would do.
 
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The one I've ordered is a very long travel one as where it will sit will require that stroke. Thanks for the offer Paul but that one looks to not have the needed stroke. I was very surprised by the amount of stroke I needed when measured as my first guess was that any damper would do.
Glad mine had short stroke as it was used as a steering limit when I was wrestling with Tilt #2's uncotrollable behavior ;)

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Got the damper today. If I can get the brush attachment for my backside I might get it fitted this weekend. I'm currently clearing my mum's house of a lifetime's worth of crap, then I have to fit pretend black marble panels in the bathroom, then I have to fit my daughters towbar and service her car, then I might find time to myself.

 
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Great build mate!
sorry to hear about your off, these trikes can be as skittish as hell. I has a big off on my mates, it made me think, hell I have to build one of these! Lol

look forward to seeing how the steering dampener works, I’ve had them on motorbiles before and they work a treat.
 
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Got the damper on which ought to have been a simple task but took a lot longer than expected due to it's movement and the need to clear other things. Whilst fitting it I noticed I'd bent one of the Aluminium tie / steering rods so that now needs to be replaced. One of the M8 male rod ends has also bent in the mis-action so I'll go female rod ends and M8 high tensile with a 12x8mm carbon outer sleeve bracing it. I've bent male rod ends many times now (M8 and M10) and won't be using them again unless specifically needed. I noticed a slight mismatch of fronts to rear wheel at vertical which I've also put down to the sideways action. Two large bars wedged into matters at the frant and rear of the main beam soon untwisted that - one of the joys of steel is that if it bends it can be bent back. The unstraightened bent bits didn't prevent a test though and it looks like the damper is about right at full damping. I have a lot of extra leverage on it over it's intended use so that explains the maxing out. I'm , perhaps, understandably reluctant to deliberately see if I can generate a slapper again so will leave any further comments on it as to if and when they prove necessary.



Not very straight.

 
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I hope it improves performance & safety such that you can begin (in time) to push the speed envelope towards your personal "giggle-factor". :)
 
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