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Old 10-26-2008, 04:59 PM
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Front ski for my Big Red

I just finished building the front ski for my BR250.

I got a couple off a junker snow machine and welded them together, built a cradle for the tire. I made it so the front tie down will use the winch cable and 2 springs for tension, and I'll use ratchet straps for the rear with springs (not shown in pic) . I tied the skis on the trike itself, not the tire, so that it will not try to flip the ski over if it digs in, but the springs will let it flex and pivot, and the suspension will still work some.

Think it'll work?
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Sure are pimping out that trike of yours!! im thinking of mounting a ski on the front of mine let me no how it works.
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I would have taken the tire out of the scenario completely, but still looks like fun....and possibly some stitches! LOL
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I was so pumped to see this post I thought I was the only one that used a ski. (Mostly on account I can't afford a snomobile) Very impressive looks like you definantly put a lot more thought into yours.

The only difference I see is that my basket or cradle takes on more of the tire which allows me to tie it down to itself although your idea would hopefully eliminate the ski from digging in. I've used a ratcheting tie down for years and I haven't had any problems with the ski taking off. I usually just use one and tie 'er right down the centre. Little less air in the tire and the tie down settles into a nice grove and doesn't move around at all. Although for the purposes of this post I just slapped it together quickly so it's tied on half assed
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:14 PM
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I was so pumped to see this post I thought I was the only one that used a ski. (Mostly on account I can't afford a snomobile) Very impressive looks like you definantly put a lot more thought into yours.

The only difference I see is that my basket or cradle takes on more of the tire which allows me to die it down to itself rather then some spot on the trike. I ran into that issue myself. I've used a ratcheting tie down for years and I haven't had any problems with the ski taking off. I usually just use one and tie 'er right down the centre. Little less air in the tire and the tie down settles into a nice grove and doesn't move around at all. Although for the purposes of this post I just slapped it together quickly so it's tied on half assed
That is they way the guys here had them set up. I bought skis but never made the basket before selling the trike in... um.... 87? But that worked great and one guy with a 250R rigged up duals for the rear wheels for added flotation.
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Joe Cool duals for the rear? Love to see that do you any pics by chance?

BTW, 01ps please keep us posted on that ski, also that plow of yours is awesome, just saw the post today I hadn't been on here in a while. I hope you could post a video of that in action, that would be great! I had ambitions of doing the same but it just wouldn't be the same without reverse, lol. Cheers!
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I was so pumped to see this post I thought I was the only one that used a ski. (Mostly on account I can't afford a snomobile) Very impressive looks like you definantly put a lot more thought into yours.

The only difference I see is that my basket or cradle takes on more of the tire which allows me to tie it down to itself although your idea would hopefully eliminate the ski from digging in. I've used a ratcheting tie down for years and I haven't had any problems with the ski taking off. I usually just use one and tie 'er right down the centre. Little less air in the tire and the tie down settles into a nice grove and doesn't move around at all. Although for the purposes of this post I just slapped it together quickly so it's tied on half assed

I havn't used it yet, but I think it'll work. Your design is much more simple, so it may be better. We are just starting to get a bit of snow here so I'lll be able to find out soon enough.
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ah sorry, no pics and i never even looked them over close. i was told at the time he welded another rim between two to act as a spacer.
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Joe Cool duals for the rear? Love to see that do you any pics by chance?

BTW, 01ps please keep us posted on that ski, also that plow of yours is awesome, just saw the post today I hadn't been on here in a while. I hope you could post a video of that in action, that would be great! I had ambitions of doing the same but it just wouldn't be the same without reverse, lol. Cheers!
I agree, duals would be cool!

I bought the metal for building duals but have not gotten around to it. I was thinking of an undersized outer tire that would come into play only when the mains sunk into the mud or snow a couple of inches.

I plan on posting pics at least of the plow at work, but I can probably get a video also. I am itching to try it out. I built a set of chains for the back wheels too, and with all the ice we have gotten so far I think I'll need them.
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your inventions make for some interesting reading.. someone post youtube vids on how well skis work
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That looks sweet. I used to drive my trike in the snow but it would always sink. How much snow can you go through with this invention
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That looks sweet. I used to drive my trike in the snow but it would always sink. How much snow can you go through with this invention
Well with mine so far I've been able to keep afloat of all the recent snow we've had. I live out in Riverton (Interlake) and we've seen to be getting a fair bit more then WPG. I think we are pushing around 6-8inches. Really not much in contrast to what I've ridden in before, I've had this trike since I was 10 I'm 26 now so it has seen it's fair share. The ski does make a huge difference as you don't find yourself sinking the front end in at all. I'm often surprised the depth of snow I've been able to get through.
It has great steering capabilities in snow, similar to that of a snowmobile. Your not going to get anywhere fast but the fun factor is really high.
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yup trikes are fun, would be even funner with skis, just do a catwalk
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If you want to get around faster put a set of Maxxis 4-snow tires ,It will blow your mind for the snow you can plow through (for a tire there's nothing better in snow!) I can catwalk my 350x in a foot of snow.
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The ski is designed to float. Using your tire as a mount adds alot of weight. I have seen ski kits that mount right to your front axel. No brakes no tire means more floatabialy.
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