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MrMike

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Re: HELP
« Reply #45 on: September 20, 2013, 10:43:24 PM »
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I would like to take one of the courses offered by USA.  Everything I've seen offered would require big time travel and time away from obligations here.  I'm in south MS and cannot even find someone to compare notes with. 

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What you say seems logical.  But, at 40 and below I cannot feel any pull in steering.  Pulls right on acceleration and left when down shifting or braking.  I think the objective is to find the point where you get the least amount in either direction. Balance (?). Have a friend who is a welder and has a nice shop with an even floor.  Hope that next week we can losen all the attaching mounts and try to balance (?) the rig.  Have to do something, getting very uneven ware on the sidecar tire. 

Have also had a godawful time with the fender mount on the car.  Vibrated lose (second time) and lost the rear mounting bolt.  Fabricated one from half inch allthread and had fender patched/welded where it cracked.  Much solider than original mount.  Vibration seems to be a continuous problem.  Late now but will post more later about exhaust pipe falling off (at 55 MPH)!

Maybe I've contracted some kind of "Enfield" desease but I still love it.  Went to a school sponsored 5K run this evening and had eight people ask for a ride.  Even the cop providing the motorcycle escort said the bike was cool. 

More later.

Mike B
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Re: HELP
« Reply #46 on: September 21, 2013, 08:23:25 AM »
Get used to the bolts rattling off.  I thought I had used Loc-Tite on all the obvious places, but I still loose something, or something breaks about every tank of gas.  It's frustrating, but now I'm in the habit of every week or so I go around the bike and tighten everything I can put a wrench or socket on.

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Re: HELP
« Reply #47 on: September 21, 2013, 08:38:35 AM »
Sidecar alignment is indeed critical.  The Cozy sidecar you have is a "free-wheel" type - no brake on the sidecar.  As such you will always get some pull right on acceleration (sidecar 'dragging') and left pull on deceleration (sidecar 'pushing').  If you have the handbook mentioned in earlier posts by others, it provides a better explanation.

The tire wear on the sidecar will be the alignment.  I don't recall if the handbook explains the proper alignment.  I am inclined to say it needs to be as straight ahead as possible for left-right alignment.  For the vertical alignment, the bike and sidecar are supposed to lean very slightly away from each other according to stuff I have read.  I seem to recall it being something like 1 to 1.5 degrees is all.

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Re: HELP
« Reply #48 on: September 22, 2013, 11:00:50 PM »
Again it's late and I don't have much time.  For sure I have too much lean on the car.  When I bought it, he said 4 degrees lean out.  Hope to get a chance to realign it some time this week.  The info at http://www.cyclesidecar.com/Guides/enfield.html  really looks to be helpful. More later.

Mike B

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Re: HELP
« Reply #49 on: September 23, 2013, 04:14:30 PM »
The more you lean the motorcycle out the less toe in you need on the side car. Less toe in makes the tires last longer. Normal is about 1 degree out and about an inch or a little less toe in, measured just in front of the front tire and just behind the rear.

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Re: HELP
« Reply #50 on: September 30, 2013, 08:12:47 PM »
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Thank you for this insight.  Last Friday we totally realigned the car.  It is now level and looks much better.  However, it is pulling to the right.  The higher the speed the worse the pull; the more weight in the car the worse the pull.  Have not measured the actual lean on the bike but it is obviously leaning in, which is all wrong.  Will try it again....  :-\ 

Getting to be somewhat of a pain, but I still like riding this thing.  We'll get it together one day.

Mike
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Re: HELP
« Reply #51 on: September 30, 2013, 08:15:23 PM »
I'm also getting extreme uneven wear on the car tire.  Suspect it is due to the lean angle being wrong.  Will try to post a picture tomorrow. 
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