Ed's 'StreetRunner' Quad Build

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A flashing blue and red light would probably have legal implications. There are alternatives if you are suggesting that there is a need for others to be warned that he is coming.

Not wishing to rain on your parade but, what is the likelihood that it could be cancelled? Almost everything else is in this relatively isolated neck of the woods.
 
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A flashing blue and red light would probably have legal implications. There are alternatives if you are suggesting that there is a need for others to be warned that he is coming.

Not wishing to rain on your parade but, what is the likelihood that it could be canceled? Almost everything else is in this relatively isolated neck of the woods.
I didn't take it that it was meant for driving on the street. But the thought was aimed more like a funny detail for show only, such as driving in a parade.
Like I could mount a GoPro on top and use it like a periscope/camera.

If you mean canceled because of COVID-19, I think it will be gone by the time I get this finished. At least I hope so.

Stay safe everyone.
 
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There may be parade restrictions on such flashing lights with all the mass public gathering protection that may be in place. Called critical mass in this country and it requires certain safety measures/approvals that have confined some of our events to history due to being too expensive to run them.

It was Covid-19 to which I was alluding regarding the cancellation. Can't remember when the parade was supposed to be on but I thought it may have been in May or thereabouts.
 
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There may be parade restrictions on such flashing lights with all the mass public gathering protection that may be in place. Called critical mass in this country and it requires certain safety measures/approvals that have confined some of our events to history due to being too expensive to run them.

It was Covid-19 to which I was alluding regarding the cancellation. Can't remember when the parade was supposed to be on but I thought it may have been in May or thereabouts.
Actually I was trying for this coming Christmas parade, sometime in early Dec.
 
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Steering Update

Cut out the hub and got it welded in place including the center cap post, twice!


The hub is solid mount at the moment but is ready for modifying to full tilt, later.

The center cap is salvaged from an old lighting fixture.


Using my C.A.M (Cardboard Aided Mockup), I've narrowed down the lengths for the steering levers.
Steering post link @ 4"
Connecting link @ 8"
'Pitman' arm length @5"

It seems to work just fine, but will have to see what the 'hardcopy' does.


 
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Steering Trial Run

As this is the first time checking it for ease of operation, there are some adjustments to be made.
But if it works on the road, it will be great.
I'm still looking to install a steering column/box with gearing later on.

 
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This is flipping amazing as always Ed! There are many people here that I wish were my neighbors. You are one of them. My wife would have to send out a search party of me. Keep on entertaining us brother. Blessings to you and yours.
 
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This is flipping amazing as always Ed! There are many people here that I wish were my neighbors. You are one of them. My wife would have to send out a search party of me. Keep on entertaining us brother. Blessings to you and yours.
DITTO! The house next door may be coming on the market soon...:D
I would soak up everything you were willing to teach me.
 
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does it have ANY camber / caster?
Yes to both.
I know it doesn't look like it in the video, but it's there.
The caster is adjustable. The exact degrees escapes me at the moment. They are posted in the first half of this thread which is locked forever in...'Never-View-Land'. But just for you and as a reminder to me, I will take some measurements and we'll both know, and it will be duly recorded in this new part.

The steering column linkage works, but I'm not going to leave it as is. This is just temporary so I have the ability to move it around easier. I intend to replace this set up with a geared steering box as soon as I find the right one. Which hasn't been easy. Either to big, wrong mounting design, or way too much money. I've been looking at the various golf cart and ATV steering as well as the steering that the Kabota and Cub Cadet tractors use. I also looked at the old school hot rod 'Vega' steering. But it may be too big as well. So, I haven't found what I want yet.
 
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OK, here's what they measured at, and it has refreshed this old brain.

These measurements were decided on, based on settings normally used in hot rod building and not recumbent bikes. So you may see differences.

Caster
My caster angle is 6 degrees, (positive) But it is adjustable.
Caster angles for my purpose are generally between 2-8 degrees.
Camber
My (kingpin) angle is 4 degrees. Not adjustable.
I'm working with a near-neutral camber.

These are close to what I used on the PVC car.
It handled easily the couple or so times it was moved/driven around.
 
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Steering Update

Although I have the steering in working order, I am not satisfied with the outcome.
I've been searching and searching for more appropriate options. They are either too large physically or too large money wise.

Been looking at the various types as well, such as boat steering mechanisms.
Still not satisfied. I may go back and visit with my golf cartman and re-look at what he has.

In the meantime, I have drawn up another DIY option.
The drawing shows the sprockets directly next to each other but would, in fact, be staggered.
Thus using the current position of the column and pitman arm levers....get it?

Using sprockets from some old cassettes I have, I can make up the mechanism you see in the drawing.
Playing around with the different sizes will get me a comfortable gear ratio as well.
At least that is the theory. I'm thinking somewhere around 5:1.

 
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