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Old 12-31-2007, 12:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by eta View Post
I like the idea of using a automotive engine and drive train, as it will be very lightly loaded in this application. It will have plenty of torque
Good point, which causes me to suggest you also aim for taller gearing than will come with the 3-cyl motor & original drivetrain.

might have cooling problems, doesn't have enough electrical output, and most do not have reverse. Dave Norton's Shrike is based on a motorcycle and it goes through tires very rapidly, has clutch problems, and has no reverse gear.
Those are good points.

It's an interesting idea. All of the 3-wheelers I know of have been built for speed, not fuel economy (like the T-Rex).
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