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Initial distance was 40.5" front 42.5" back Measure distance between inside of rear wheel on the scooter and the inner edge of the board Measure the distance from the inside of the front wheel on the scooter to the inner edge of the board The difference in distance is the toe-in. It rides really strange, it will take some getting used to. This is the bracket after adjustment, now the sidecar tube is higher than the scooter tube. Lean-out after adjustment, the scooter now sits with a slight lean-in.
Since the lean was too much I decided to re-adjust the bracket and toe-in. Lift the sidecar up, this will cause the scooter tube to rotate. Since the bracket was causing the brake lever to not seat properly, I decided to modify the bracket. t=120859Bracket with tape showing where the bracket needs to be ground off.
Had to do a bit of bending to get this to fit right, I don't think the scooter crash bars are helping anything, they may have to be removed. I decided to try and fix the lean by readjusting the bracket and toe-in. Update: Put new shocks on the front and rear, I put a Sebac on the front and just a stock shock on the rear. Adjust the sidecar down so it is somewhat level (front to back).
Check tire pressure in all tires Front: 20-22 psi Rear: 28-30 psi Sidecar: 20-22 psi Loosen the main bolts on the scooter (left picture) and the bolts on the sidecar (right picture). Lay a board or other stright-edge alongside the sidecar wheel and a board alongside the front and rear scooter wheels. I will need to adjust the lean in and toe-in again. Now the scooter and sidecar should be even and the lean should be alot less.7. This took quite a bit of readjusting, I spent at least an hour on it. If the toe-in is good and the lean is good, retighten all the bolts for the bracket tubes.9. Ride it and see if the adjustment is good, repeat if needed. I will have to re-adjust it again when I put new shocks on.
Attach the sidecar bracket to the scooter, fit the rear bolts of the sidecar bracket to the two holes of the centerstand.
I would also suggest doing any repairs/upgrades/maintenance on the scooter before mounting the sidecar.Bracket before adjustment, both scooter and sidecar tube are roughly the same height. I used an angle grider with a cut-off wheel to remove the part of the bracket that was hitting the brake lever. It doesn't look as nice as Buellers but it will work.This is the amount of lean I had initially, It was too much lean-out. Be careful with this, I ground a bit from the brake lever and hit the scooter body Bracket is "modified", now I need to get a different bolt. The install of the sidecar took me 5-6 hours, grinding the bracket was a good hour, readjusting the toe-in took a few more hours.Check your shocks before you install the sidecar, if you need to replace them do it before mounting the sidecar.