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DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS

LA TROBE VALLEY
VICTORIA AUSTRALIA

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STATEMENT OF COPYRIGHT, OWNERSHIP AND REPRODUCTION
This set of trike plans has been designed, developed and produced by DRIFT TRIKE
BUILD PLANS for the home builder to make their own quality drift trike. This set of
plans has NOT been produced for any individual, individuals or business to make
financial and/or commercial gain in either reproducing the plans, components or
complete vehicles.
All rights reserved, the drawings and designs with in this set of plans as individual
parts, sub-assemblies or complete vehicles are expressly copyrighted to DRIFT
TRIKE BUILD PLANS. No parts of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a
retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic mechanical
photocopying, transmitted via the World Wide Web, recording or otherwise, without
the written permission of DRIFT TRIKES BUILD PLANS.
DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS reserve the sole rights to sell and reproduce the said
plans and the sole right to manufacture parts and complete vehicles from these
plans for financial and/or commercial gain.
Legal action will be taken against any individual, individuals, or business making
financial and/or commercial gain from reproducing either these plans, components or
vehicles derived from these plans and designs.
This set of plans gives the owner the right to manufacture their own vehicle for the
purpose of recreational use only, which as a finished product is not permitted to be
used to derive income unless written permission is given from DRIFT TRIKE BUILD
PLANS.
No liability can be accepted to for any inaccuracies or omissions in this publication,
although every possible care has been taken to make it as complete and accurate as
possible.
The right is reserved to make changes at any time without prior notice and without
incurring an obligation to make such changes to products manufactured previously.
All information contained in this publication is based on the latest product information
available at the time of publication. Illustrations and photographs in this publication
are intended for reference use only and may not depict actual model component
parts.

JUSTICE
JUSTICE is a light and simple drift trike that is great fun to build and ride. Using
simple engineering and great geometry makes this an awesome trike for drifting.
JUSTICE has a removable rear end frame so it can be stored and transported easily.
The rear frame on JUSTICE is interchangeable with any rear end that is designed by
DRIFT TRIKES BUILD PLANS.

SPECIFCATIONS
Frame: Mild steel Fabricated Beam and RHS
Steering: BMX or Mountain bike handle bars
Forks: 20 BMX forks or genuine trike forks
Headset bearings: BMX
Head stem: Any that suit your handle bars.
Front wheel: 20 BMX wheel or trike wheel with cranks and peddles
Brakes: BMX front brakes.
Rear wheels: Front go kart wheels.
Rear axles: front go kart axle.
Seat: Universal seat mounting plate will allow most drift trike replacement seats to fit.

SAFETY
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE RIDING
DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS wish to advise in the interest of your enjoyment, some
safety features which will enable you to enjoy riding your trike and minimise the risks
to yourself and others.
HELMET
Always wear a good crash helmet, a full face helmet offers more protection than an
open face. Remember to buckle up the chin strap.
CLOTHING
Always wear pants, long sleeved shirts and closed in foot wear.
PROTECTIVE GEAR
It is advisable to wear knee and elbow pads to minimise injury if and accident was to
occur. Gloves are also and essential part of protective gear.
DRINKING, DRUGS AND RIDING
DO NOT consume alcohol and ride any type of trike, bike or vehicle. Drinking and
riding is dangerous to both yourself and others. The nature of drift trike riding is
demanding and unpredictable so you need to be alert and focused on what you are
doing at all times. Drugs and alcohol dull your senses and concentration.
SHARP OBJECTS
Make sure the frame or any parts of the drift trike that you have fabricated is to
design specs and all sharp edges and burrs have been removed.
BRAKES
Good brakes are essential. Braking is relative to speed; the faster you go, the better
your brakes should be. Always maintain your brakes so that they are always in good
working order.
STEERING
Steering is an important safety area, without it you have lost control. Always make
sure that steering components are in good condition and check for loose bolts/parts.
The more responsible you are, the better it will be for all of us and the better an
image for the sport of trike drifting you will create, guaranteeing for all of us
acceptance and respect from the general public.

DISCLAIMER
DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS, their agents or employees will not be held responsible
for any damage caused by any of their trike designs to person or property.
DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS make every effort to advise their customers of safety
precautions and responsibility and cannot be held responsible for the actions of an
individual or individuals. DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS cannot be held responsible for
an individuals quality of workmanship or for the suitability of the finished product in
respect to safety or the performance an individual may expect from the said design
in various conditions. Drifting trikes is a dangerous sport because of the varying
conditions that may be encountered and although DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS
makes every effort to design a solid and safe drift trike, DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS
have no control over how or where an individual chooses to use their drift trike.
DRIFT TRIKE BUILD PLANS makes every effort to supply quality components to its
customers but will not be held responsible as to the way an individual assembles, fits
or uses said components or the way or manner an individual uses a drift trike.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Bending

Tending to curve or bow.

BMS

Bright Mild Steel.

CAD

Computer Aided Design objects that have been designed on a


sophisticated computer software drawing package.

CNC

Computer Numerical Control a system used to control automated


machines using computer guidance.

Centreline symbol shown at the centre of some drawings.

ERW tube

Electric Resistance Welded tube. Is usually made of better quality steel


and comes with thinner walls that normal steel pipe.

Fabricating

To measure, cut and weld to create a finished product from raw


materials.

Flatbar

Steel that is sold as flat lengths.

Gusset

A bracket strengthening an angle of a structure.

ID

Inside Diameter inside measurement of round objects.

Meter metric measurements

mm

Millimetre metric measurements.

Module

A self contained item, normally an assembly or parts to create a


specific item. Normally used in combination with other units.

NB

Nominal Bore Classification given to some sizes of pipe.

Nyloc

Brand name for a self-locking nut that uses a nylon insert to lock onto
the bolt thread.

Diameter measurement for round objects.

OD

Outside Diameter outside measurement of round objects.

PCD

Pitch Circle Diameter diameter of a circle in which holes are evenly


spaced.

RHS

Rectangular Hollow Section (steel).

Scollop

Notched. Remove material.

Wheelbase The distance between front and rear axle centres.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT


Some basic equipment will be needed to fabricate the drift trike frame. Here is a list
of basic tools and equipment needed.

WELDER
A Mig Welder is the most preferred as it can be used by most novice welders with
the minimum of experience. Another type of welder is the Arc Welder, this can be
used just as readily but requires more skill and practice to produce clean tidy welds.
Other forms of welding suitable for construction are Tig and Gas welding (brazing).
The form of welding used depends on what your personally have available and what
your skills are best suited to.
CUT OFF SAW
Either a grinding type Drop Saw or a Power Hacksaw, or Bandsaw may be used.
If either of these are not available a Hand Hacksaw or Angle Grinder may be used
with a sturdy vice.
DRILL PRESS
A drill press of 5/8 (16mm) capacity is the more suitable but you may use a hand
power drill either in a drill press stand or on its own.
SQUARES
A large fabrication square, a one meter rule and protractor bevel for marking out and
setting up the frame and angles will be required. A tape measure for measuring tube
lengths.
GENERAL HAND TOOLS
Adjustable spanners, pliers, angle grinders (4 or 5), socket set, hand files, bench
vice and a sturdy bench will all come in handy.

TIPS ON CONSTRUCTING

PURCHASE OF PARTS
Purchase of second hand parts will bring the cost of the build down considerably.
The design of this trike incorporates widely available parts that can be easily found
from many suppliers.

WHEELS AND STEERING


Front go kart axles, wheels and tyres are used in this design because they are easily
found and second hand items are usually sold cheap or just thrown in the trash. BMX
wheels and forks can be used up the front to reduce cost if you dont need to peddle
your trike. BMX forks and trike forks both use a 1 stem so they are
interchangeable if you change your mind later.

GEOMETRY
Take extra time and care to ensure all the steering components are true and square
before fully welding.

BRAKES
Please install the front BMX brakes on the front wheel for obvious reasons. Some
genuine trike forks have brackets for disk brakes; this can be a far better braking
system but will cost more.

SEAT
A good seat that holds you to the trike is essential. I recommend buying a genuine
replacement drift trike seat from a dedicated drift trike parts supplier. Many other
seats could also be used just ensure you will not slip out of it while drifting. The
universal seat mounting plate in this set of plains will allow a lot of different types of
seats to be used.

PARTS LIST
ITEM

QTY

USED FOR

20 trike front wheel


Trike forks
Headset bearings to suit
Handlebar stem
Handlebars
Brakes to suit forks
Seat
Bike peddles
Front go kart wheels and
tyres
Front go kart axles
M8 x 25 bolt
M8 x 60 bolt

1
1
1 set
1
1
1set
1
1 set
2

Front wheel
Steering
Steering
Steering
Steering
Brakes
Seat
Footrest
Rear wheels

2
1
2

M8 nut

Nyloc nut to suit go kart


axles

Rear axles
To fasten seat mount
To join frame and rear
frame together
To join frame and rear
frame together
To fasten rear wheels

MATERIALS LIST
MATERIAL

QTY

USED FOR

38MM OD ERW tube with


2mm wall thickness
3mm plate

1.5 meters

Headset, rear tube

600mm x 600mm
1 meter
100mm
70mm
2 at 30mm

Frame parts, seat mount,


gussets
Frame
Frame
Seat mount
Bush for rear axle

2 meters

Frame

40 x 40 x 2 RHS
35 x 35 x 2 RHS
50 x 50 x 4 RHS
25NB pipe with 4mm wall
thickness
40 x 3 Flat bar

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