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    Just bought a Chaser II

    As per title and previous post re Chaser rear suspension questions - just bought another Chaser (albeit one that had rolled). Whole idea is to modify basic structure to allow monopole fold and 'single person rigging'

    Trike now stripped down (see photos) and first obstacle found - while trike looked undamaged in roll over' the monopole had in fact taken a bend! However, one donor Typhoon airframe later and replacement monopole almost ready.

    Will post pictures of progress.

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    Just bought a Chaser II

    Have you looked at Dan Curtis's conversion? Documented on the Chaser Yahoo forum? I think you're a member.
    So am I but Yahoo won't recognise my password anymore, so I don't go there.
    Dave
    PS. Keel tubes from Quantums/Quiks that have been negged due to elongation/cracking of the roll bracket fixing hole make great replacement tube stock for the monopole.

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    Just bought a Chaser II

    Update on Chaser II

    New rear legs fitted (about to order 4 x needle roller bearings for Peggy xlr 6" Nylites) - note (picture) re position of side wires (to top/rear of seat frame)

    Looking for set of Blade spats - sent message to bloke advertising on AFORS re manufacture (just had response 60 each plus 15 postage).

    Soon have to cut out front of monopole engine mount tube!

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    Hi Dave yes it was Dan Curtis,'s mod that finally pushed me to obtaining a second Chaser and using it as a Guinea pig for ' my version'.
    My version differs from Dan's in that I am looking to do the work without 'welding' (bolted aluminium only). It may not be possible - depends on what 'movement' occurs when I remove the small tubular bit in front of the monopole.
    However having said that I have some ideas that may well overcome any such issues!
    Will continue to post pictures and updates as they occur.
    One final thing not mentioned in above post I am also seeking to replace the 20 year old fabric rear suspension tape (spoken to skydrive cosmic who are checking their stock).

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    Just bought a Chaser II

    Paul, there is another route that isn't as drastic as Dan's very clever conversion, it cam upe after a spot of lateral thinking.

    It is easy to add a Swan Neck Catch to the rear of the Chaser wing, so that instead of being bolted to the keel tube, the rear catch can be released to allow the basebar to go further forwards. You need to add a little Bridle or strap so the basebar releases but only goes so far further.

    This allows the basebar to pass over the nose and drop down and the pylon can be short and hinge just above the seat

    Works really well on my Ace trike, I'm a creaky 61year old office bod with a bad back, but still can drop the wing easily; rigging takes five minutes, either with or without a wing trolley

    Videos here (skip to 1:30 minutes in to avoid the boring bit):-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcsHH-PpGxM

    Or here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WGuUkMcyws

    Kev

    PS I'm a lot slicker now with practice

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    Kev,
    Many thanks for the post re Swan neck catch etc. Seen your video and can appreciate the 'mechanism'.

    I had to replace the monopole as the original was 'bent' and I am well into modding the trike (see latest pictures) ala Dan's conversion (albeit my version of Dan's).

    I also will be retaining the pod and would ask if your approach gives enough clearance over the nose (still prepared to consider other 'ways').

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    Dear all,

    Today I finished the new monopole - and fitted it to the trike (crappy picture attached - didn't have good camera with me).

    All appears to be going well - monopole hinges 'square' to the keel and the securing bolt slides in a treat.

    Next job is to reassemble the new legs and secure the side wires to their new position (plate just visible behind monopole).

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    Big day today,

    New 6" Nylites fitted all round rear side wires tensioned and Chaser now standing on three wheels again.

    Couple of pictures (pylon up and semi lowered).

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    Dear fellow Chaser owners (and all),

    Another 'mile stone' achieved today; Wing successfully 'mated' to folding monopole.

    Measurements taken re pod clearance and all is 'looking good'.

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    Spent a full day trying to get twin fuel tanks to fit behind the seat (thereby allowing the tanks to remain in position during mono pole fold). Very difficult space to fill without 'bespoke tanks'.

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