Post by captainamerica on Mar 4, 2012 18:24:10 GMT -5
October '11 Design Progress
The plate in front of the drivers feet has been drawn up, it holds the master cylinders and steering rack on to the vehicle with help from some bracing behind it. I reduced some weight off of the bell cranks, the wheel color was changed to match the rims I plan on buying, but more on those later. The stock gsxr 600 gauge cluster has been modeled and added. The engine model has progressed with the addition of the starter gear cover, and the chain guard as well as a start on the cylinder block. A first attempt at an engine mount system was drawn up just to place the engine firmly because it likes to move around when I test the rear wheel motion in Solidworks.
This was the first time I have played around with the photo suite in Solidworks and the results turned out rather well I think. I used a stock image of off Google for the tire walls.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 4, 2012 18:34:30 GMT -5
October '11 Build Progress
Obviously the biggest change is the addition of the engine mount points which were measured off of the stock bike at a dealership. The bell crank mount beam is connected by two bars to the front roll hoop. I used a piece of 1" square tubing to align the back end with the front end of the chassis, which worked very well except that during the weld process the square in the back rotated on me about 2 degrees so the engine is mounted at an angle. I tried to fix this later when I added in the upper supports with little result.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 4, 2012 18:44:31 GMT -5
November '11 Build & Design Progress
Almost no design was done in November and December, I was traveling for work and there was Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New years. I spent most of my time just trying to turn what I had already designed into something real. I did save one design picture with some fenders with built in lights to see how it would look with the overall progress of the chassis.
Everything in these pictures is just being held in place by gravity, it "fell apart" numerous times during the setup. This was the first time I had seen the chassis with the wheels on the ground and actually gotten a good feeling for the size of the vehicle. My first thought was "d**n this is wide", the track is similar to my father's 2008 GMC sierra for reference, 74" in total. The wheels are formula mazda front slicks 13x7x20, given to me by a neighbor who had them laying around in his back yard. They are a lot smaller then the intended wheels.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 4, 2012 19:07:28 GMT -5
January '12 Design Progress
At the beginning of January I made a huge change to the front suspension layout that moved the struts and their mount points about 3 inches down into the chassis, this is very visible if you compare the previous model to the first picture here. This allowed for me to cover the front suspension and hit the body line I was looking for. It also required me to cut the front top end of the chassis out and start over which I was able to accomplish in one day. At this point I have still not figured out how to work the anti-roll bar back in, but it is a must, and I foresee it becoming very similar to the previous design.
My roommate has been working hard on the engine model and its almost complete, I reworked the exhaust to match the stock system which will save time and money later. The idea of switching the gas tank and the radiator briefly crossed my desk for airflow reasons (visible in the see thru picture) but I opted to just make side inlets to allow air to flow through the chassis around the driver.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 4, 2012 19:29:21 GMT -5
January '12 Build Progress
Almost done playing catch up here. A lot of pictures in this update, I tend to take more when there is more to see. I purchased a broken '06 gsxr 1000 for $250 off craigslist to use as a mock up. All the A-arm bracketing came from Fibercraft in Reno, NV. After installing the engine I realized what the differences are between the 600 and the 1000, one is a lot taller, I had to remove the triangulation behind the drivers seat so the engine would fit. Hopefully I won't get to hot with the exhaust two inches from my back.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 6, 2012 0:27:00 GMT -5
Yeah that T bar twists when one wheel goes into bump and resists the motion. Its an adjustable anti-roll bar, the picture of the pro mazda formula car does it better justice then my current model. So as one rocker moves it push/pulls the tie rod on one side and tries to make the other tie rod move in the same direction, how much force is transferred depends on the rotation angle of the cross member that links the two tie rods and the amount the the bar resists motion entirely is dependent on the diameter and length of the vertical member. Just follow the force path from one rocker to the other, and notice the cable running up the center that changes the angle of the "winged" looking part. when both wheels go into bump or droop the T just rotates at the steering rack mount forwards or backwards.
There is no anti-dive or anti-squat built in currently. Mostly because its a pain in the ass to design the chassis when the a-arms aren't level. And more importantly I wouldn't know how much to put in.
NOTE: My descriptions need a little help.
Quick cost breakdown for the group benefit (Total ~$10,675, Expected Final: 12k): Chassis: ~$500 Engine: $4000 (This is the entire bike, this hasn't happened yet but its the max I will pay for an '06 gsxr 1000) Steering Rack: $930 A-arms, Pushrods, Tie-rods: $400 (FK Rod ends, Jam Nuts, 40ft 3/4" DOM tubing) Brakes: ~$450 (Calipers (demo rack), Rotors, Master Cylinders, Bias Bar) Pedals: Custom machined, ~$20 for the scrap aluminum Rockers: Custom Machined, ~$30 for the scarp aluminum Uprights: Custom Machined, ~$500 for billet aluminum Front Struts: Penske 8300 Series Coil Overs $1500 Steering Components: $275 (Momo wheel, quick release, U-Joint, 5ft 3/4" DOM tubing) Wheels: $300 (Tenzo Tracer w/ red stripe) Tires: $120 (demo rack) Fuel Tank: $200 (Custom Aluminum Welded Tank) Power Commander: $300 Nuts and Bolts: ~$1000 5 Point Camlock Harness: $150
NOTE: "Demo Rack" refers to the "used for floor displays but brand new otherwise parts" table at Summit Racing stores. I am lucky to live near one of the three nationwide stores.
Tooling (Total ~$12,000) CNC Mill + Power: $8000 BobCAD-CAM: $1500 MIG Welder + Gas + Equipment: $1000 Tubing Notcher: $150 Grinder: $20 Cut Off Saw + (5) Blades (1 used so far): $130 Weld Table: ~$300 Tool Boxes: $500 Having my brother pepper my WD-40 coated chassis with saw dust from the wood saw: Priceless.
Extra Mockup Pieces: $1000 (Swing arm, broken engine, used exhaust and muffler)
Post by captainamerica on Mar 6, 2012 1:18:11 GMT -5
February '12 Design Progress
New upright design is finally done, I knew that I wanted to do something different about four months ago and tried on numerous occasions to create something better but had until now failed on each attempt. They will be CNC milled from a 12"x8"x3" 6061 aluminum billet which was quoted from the metal distributor at $210 a piece. The new design lowered the brake calipers down for CG reasons. Its hard to tell but I did some playing with the front strut positions to get them more centered and level.
The side view of the chassis should give you an idea of just how close to the stock bike rear end it is. Its always fun going somewhere and asking for something they don't expect, like a motorcycle dealership asking to take chassis measurements. The final solution to the engine mount problem turned out rather well. Basically its two horizontal 1.25" round tubes, set the stock engine mount distance apart (9.4" I believe), with 1" tubes running down their centers. The mount bolts then run down the center of those. The 1.25" pipes are welded into the chassis and the 1" tubes can slide so the engine can actually move side to side for alignment reasons. It is locked in place by four nylon lock nuts on the outside.
Note: I refer to the strut and the shock as the same thing a lot, the only difference in my head is that the strut includes the coil over spring.
I added a picture of the upright/spindle cutaway for those that are curious about how this works. Most cars have uprights with fixed spindles that the hubs rotate on. My design makes the hub and the spindle into one piece and in this case, hollow which may be used for brake cooling, but that isn't designed yet.
Note: Formula One, Indy cars and a lot of other actually duct air into the center of the spindle and force it out through radial holes that match holes in the brake rotor to cool things.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 6, 2012 1:48:41 GMT -5
February '12 Build Progress
This will be the last build update for a bit until the uprights get machined or I get a plasma cutter to start cutting the body sheet metal I have waiting on the work bench. The tube frame is about 90% complete, no where near ready for powder coating obviously but the overall look of the trike is starting to form up nicely.
I fit, which is a nice positive to designing it myself. Because the seat is incorporated into the chassis you feel like your pretty much sitting on the ground. I used wood blocks to simulate the ride height of 4". It is in serious need of a nose cone, its got that "barn door" look to it just like the model did. Its also really wide when you stand in front of it, but it seems to fit the look anyway. I'll do an update later about the final design specs now that a year has passed.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 12, 2012 21:49:42 GMT -5
March '12 Design Progress
I have been on travel for work most of the month so far but today I decided to draw up a canopy option for my trike. I like how it turned out for a first try, I am going to change the opening joint to the front though so that its being "closed" by the aero forces when driving instead of open.
Post by captainamerica on Mar 19, 2012 0:21:21 GMT -5
March '12 Build Progression
When I first decided to use the steering rack from pegasus auto racing I used the small picture and the dimension that they give on the website to create a solid model of the rack. After purchasing it, I was able to take actual measurements, they are almost the same as the original guesses. Still the most expensive part of the vehicle.
Post by captainamerica on Apr 4, 2012 14:21:08 GMT -5
Been working with NASA in New Mexico most of the last month so I haven't had much time to do anything. Bought an enco drill press two weeks ago, looking to buy a Miller 625 plasma cutter soon to start making the body panels.
Post by captainamerica on May 7, 2012 1:43:15 GMT -5
Life gets busy real quick when your daily driver decides to fail smog, followed two weeks later by a deer slamming into the lady's mazda. All my money that was headed to the plasma cutter and other tooling magically disappeared over night.
For the good news, I was able to purchase a brand new 8" Kurt vise for my CNC mill so that side of the project is moving forward at slightly better then snail speed. As soon as my 99' Mustang gets sold outside of the Peoples Republic of California I should have enough to purchase the 05-06 GSXR 1000 that I am in need of. I also found out last week that I made it through my first quarter century
Triplethreat, The A-arms are 3/4" DOM seamless tubing, yes they are spindly, hopefully soon I will get some time to put a section on A-arm calculations on my technical thread. I wanted to use high grade aero tubing but its a bit expensive, maybe on the next set.
Post by captainamerica on May 26, 2012 10:37:28 GMT -5
Again life keeps coming no matter what you were planning, My mother passed away unexpectedly of a heart failure at the age of 63. The process of dealing with all the paperwork after someones death is quite difficult. The purchasing of the urn and the grave site was by far the strangest, it was kind of like walking into what you would expect to find on a "family death" aisle at home depot.
On a happier front, with the purchase of an 8" kurt milling vise my CNC mill is fully operational and I immediately started looking for a decent CAM program to create my G-code with. I have looking at purchasing numerous programs including MasterCAM ($14,000), SprutCAM, GibbsCAM, and BobCAM ($3,500). Sometimes things just work out, I downloaded the demo of BobCAM and the next day a sales tech called me and asked what I thought of it. He then notified me that the newest version of the program, V25, was being released that week and it was half off if I wanted it.
After going through a tech demo they gave me an even better deal. I picked up the full professional version of the program for $1,500 and they threw in an extra seat for free so I can install it at home and on the computer next to my mill about 30 miles away. I will give a review of the program in the future once I learn it. Its by far the cheapest solution and that works out well for my bank account.
Post by captainamerica on Jul 30, 2012 23:18:03 GMT -5
June - July '12
Not much happened in June except solving my CAM software issues, still undecided on whether BOB-CAM is worth the money. My mind will probably be changed the first time I make something on my mill though. I am actively on the hunt for a decent single phase 12x36 or larger lathe.
Finally bought the donor bike today. $4200 for an '05 GSXR 1000, 8000 miles and the owner had laid it down at low speed, fairing damage and a scuffed up stator cover were the main problems. I am going to replace the pictures with non-stock photos when it isn't too dark to take pictures, but it looks just like this. Going to ride it until I get the rolling chassis done. I am excited to see how much power it has, and I will be equally excited when I live through that experience
Post by captainamerica on Oct 18, 2012 16:38:47 GMT -5
July - August Everything has been delayed and put off so I can finish restoring the '72 Datsun 240z I am working on with the lady to replace her deer wrecked vehicle. Things should start moving again after the first of the year.