Sunday, March 03, 2013

Old School Trike Building

If you follow my blog you know I am building myself a trike.  Currently the motorcycle I bought myself at Christmas is over at my friend Roxi's place as my driveway is not good at the best of times and there is no way the motorcycle could be taken up that hill in winter time. Now, with most of the snow melted away, I am getting excited to get to work on my conversion.  As I start to do the actual work, I will be taking and sharing photographs and videos all the way through the conversion process.  So far I have been doing research and have found I need to get a rear end with a rear ratio of 3.3:1.... or close to that though it does not need to be exact.

This is the 1991 Venture Royale, 1300cc that I am converting into a trike. 
I will share a better photo of it when I get it out of Roxi's garage.

Here is the information I have come up with on vehicles that MIGHT have the right geared rear end.... though the fellow at the local auto wrecker said the only way I can find out what the gear ratio is, is to find the little metal tag that was on one of the bolts, and if the car is very old that tag will likely be broken off so the rear end will have to be opened up to be able to find where the gear ratio is stamped into the ring gear.  Knowing the gear ratio required, I then needed to find out what vehicles could have this.  I phoned Dodge dealership to see if a '78 Aspen had this since a friend of mine is willing to give me the rear end out of his father's old car if it's the right one.  The man at the dealership said it would depend on what rear end was ordered from the factory, it could have the right one or not, several different ones to choose from.  

Summary of Vehicles Recommended on Facebook

*1970-74 240Z

*10 or 12 bolt Chevy had 3.3.1, 65 Chevelle . A lot of boss hoss trikes use 10 bolt.

*Ford rear end 8or 9 inch series 3.31-1

*Mustang GT's 3.31:1

*69 Camaro has a 12 bolt with 3.31
*Ford F150's in the early 90s had 331's so did late 80s broncos not sure what year but a Nissan frontier has a 3.3:1

Two people gave me a link to a place that specializes in rear ends in Burnaby, B.C.  They give lists of vehicles along with a list of the possible rear ends that they might have.  In the list below I have included the ones starting around 1980 and newer as I figure older than that is going to be a challenge to get ahold of, though I would be open to an older one if it was the right one.  I want the axle to be approximately 52" wide (long?) from outside brake to outside brake... and I want disc brakes rather than drum breaks.

Summary of I.W.E. Rear Ends
1980 and newer

(3.31:1 ratio)


Dana 30 Rear:
85-89.5 Ford Aerostar minivan
Dana 44 Front, Beam & TTB:
59-79 Ford F100, F150, F250 4x4
71-79 Bronco U-100, U150
80-97 Broncos (TTB, coil spring)
80-96 F150 (TTB, coil spring)
80-86 F250 (TTB, leaf spring)

Dana 60 Rear:
55-85 F250
74-85 F350
68 E300 van

Dana 61 Rear:
74-87 F250 Ford 2x4
80-85 F350 Ford 2x4
75.5-87 E250, E350 Ford Va

Dana 80 Rear:
88-current F350 & F450 Super Duty

Ford 9.75 Rear:
97-up F150 w/5.4L or High GVW
98-02 Expedition 4x4 beam type
03-up Expedition IRS


 AMC-20 Rear:
76-83 rear CJ-5
76-86 rear CJ-7
81-85 rear CJ-8
79-86 Wagoneer, Cherokee SJ, half-ton PU

Dana 35/AMC-15 Rear:
84-01 Cherokee XJ (mixed apps. w/D44 & 8.25)
87-96 Wrangler YJ
93-98 Grand Cherokee z
97-up Wrangler TJ (4cyl and many 6 cyl)
99-04 Grand Cherokee WJ (Super 35)

Dana 35/AMC-15 Rear:
80-85 Eagle AWD

Dana 44 Rear:
86 CJ7
63-91 Wagoneer/ Grand Wagoneer SJ
74-83 Cherokee SJ
87 Cherokee XJ
96-98 Grand Cherokee ZJ V8 (C Clip aluminum D44)
97-up Wrangler TJ (optional, Std. on Rubicon)

Dana 44 Front, Beam & TTB:
63-87 J series trucks
74-91 Wagoneer
74-83 Cherokee SJ
01-up Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


Dana 36 ICA Rear:
84-96 C4 Corvette (auto trans only exc. 84)

Dana 44 Rear:
84-85 F Car Camaro, Firebird
92 F Car Camaro, Firebird
Dana 44 ICA Rear:
80-83 C3 Corvette
85-96 C4 Corvette (aluminum, manual trans)

67-80 GM K series

(3.27:1 ratio)

Ford 7.5 Rear:
74-78 Mustang II
75-80 Mercury Bobcat
79-86 Mercury Capri V8
78-83 Fairmont
80-97 Thunderbird
79-current Mustang V6
79-00 Many RWD cars
90-95 Aerostar
84-90 Bronco II
84-up Ranger 4 cyl or small V6

Ford 8.8 Solid Axle:
86-up many Ford fullsized RWD cars w/V8
86-current Mustang V8
87-88 Thunderbird V8
05-up Mustang V8 (31 spline)
83-96 Bronco (mixed apps w/ 9” to 86)
83-96 F150 (mixed apps w/9” to 86)
97-up F150 w/ V6 or 4.6L V8
86-90 Ranger chassis cabs
90-up Ranger w/ 4.0L V6 (some 3.0L also Supercab)
90-01 Explorer/Mountaineer/Navajo SUV
98-02 Expedition/Navigator 4.6L V8

(3.25:1 ratio)

Ford 9" Rear:
78-86 Bronco (82-86 mixed apps with 8.8)

57-86 Ford F100, F150 4x2 & 4x4 trucks (82-86 mixed apps with 8.8)

(3.23:1 ratio)

 GM 7.5 Rear:
85-89 Astro/Safari
82-84 Camaro V6
91-93 Caprice (5.0L V8)
76-87 El Camino
78-87 Malibu
75-93 Misc. V6 fullsized RWD
75-80 Monza
83-93 S10 trucks & SUVs (four and small V6 after 88)
78-81 Century
78-88 Cutlass
82-84 DeVille, Fleetwood Brougham
82-86 Firebird V6
78-81 LeMans
77-79 Phoenix
78-87 Regal
90 Roadmaster
75-80 Skyhawk
78-87 Skylark
75-80 Starfire

GM 7.625 Rear:
90-98 Astro/Safari Vans
90-01 Camaro V6
90-00 Firebird V6
91/92 Caprice
88-04 S10 trucks & SUVs (4.3L V6)
88-90 Cadillac RWD (w/o towing package)
91-02 Bravada V6
91/92 Roadmaster (5.0L V8)
98-02 Isuzu Amigo 4x2
96-99 Isuzu Hombre
91-current Rodeo (4 cyl & 4x2)

(3.21:1 ratio)

Chrysler 7.25 Rear:
7.25 Rear
63-89 Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth rear drive cars, mostly with six-cylinder engines.
87-98 Rear of 2x4 Dodge Dakota trucks with four-cylinders and some V6 engines.

Chrysler 8.25/8.375 Rear:
70-89 Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth full and midsized cars
86-up W100,W150 (depends on engine)
66-97 B-100, 150, 200,250 Vans
87-up Dakota V6
01-up Jeep Liberty KJ

 Chrysler 9.25 Rear:
74-85 Large Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth cars
69-up Dodge B series vans
69-up Dodge D and W series trucks
74-93 Dodge Ramcharger
74-81 Plymouth Trail Duster
98-up Dakota rear V8's
98-up Durango rear V8's

For some reason, Blogger won't let me post lists into here without a great deal of work to re-do things and I could not get it to put these straight, so here you go, its all staggered.... though maybe it will make the lists easier to sort through without confusion.

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