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Converting a Trike

14158 Views 9 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  remy_martian
Well, it's not a bicycle, but it's close enough. Hoping for some advice.

I got this for free. It's a tricycle that someone converted to run with a chainsaw motor. I'd like to remove the chainsaw motor and replace it with an electric system. I would use it for riding around on our 10 acres so I don't need speed just lots of torque for hauling tools and firewood.

As you can see in the next picture, the rear axle is split and has the original chain sprocket on one axle. The chainsaw motor had a chain sprocket and used a bicycle chain drive.

What would you all recommend for a motor, battery, controller, etc.? Would you recommend continuing to use the chain drive with an electric motor? Any other thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks for any input.
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head over to

They're bike guys and would be a bit better in helping you for all that stuff. Most of the equip we're used to here are on a much larger scale.

Looks like a fun project though.
Yeah, I don't mean for you to leave, just that you may get better help there, than here. They're vastly more familiar with what's out there than I am...

Good luck and keep us posted!
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