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  1. Is this a factory option

    Rob the Piper,
    This fitting is on a LEFT HAND 1930-36 sidecar chassis for a VL.Has the additional bar and brackets
    been fitted at the factory.The bar and bracket would have to be fitted before the rear ball joint is fitted.The parts are
    well made and have a very accurate fit. Any ideas.IMG_20170325_154936.1.jpgIMG_20170327_065536.1.jpgIMG_20170325_154936.1.jpgIMG_20170327_065536.1.jpgIMG_20170325_154936.1.jpgIMG_20170327_065536.1.jpg

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    Re: Is this a factory option

    If you are referring to the brake cross shaft tube, there's suppose to be a shaft that runs thru and attaches to the brake actavating arm on the backing plate of the sidecar brake with clevises. I'm not sure how the bike side of the shaft is attached to the rear brake rod on the bike. Doc

  3. Re: Is this a factory option

    Rob the Piper,
    Some more information that may clear up what I am inquiring about. I have the brake cross shaft and all the necessary attachments to operate the sidecar brake.
    My inquiry is about the connection between the main shaft and the stub shaft to which the rear ball joint fitting is attached.These two shafts are joined together by a plate made from 1/2 inch x 1inch steel welded to both shafts and then the two dumbbell pieces are then fitted around both shafts and then attached by bolts through the plate.I have other left hand chassis but they are not fitted with this plate or attachments.The top dumbbell would need to be fitted before the ball joint is fitted.
    For you people who drive on the right and not the correct, ie left of the road the brake operation is slightly different.The same fittings are used but the brake rod from the
    crossover shaft of the bike to the rear brake is in two parts joined together by a small forging which has provision to operate the bell crank fitted closest to the bike on the sidecar,

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    Re: Is this a factory option

    My guess is,you guys that ride on the wrong side of the road must run into a lot of stuff so an extra supprt was added!!!

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    Re: Is this a factory option

    Looking through the '27-'31, '30-'33, '34, '35, '36 parts books there is no indication of that bracket in any of them.
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  6. Re: Is this a factory option

    Rob the Piper,
    Must have been a locally done modification. Whoever did the work was very accurate in what he did. Maybe to account for kangaroos who only leap out from the left side
    of the road. I am going to leave it as is.

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    Re: Is this a factory option

    Well, whoever did it, they did a good job. Good support for the rear mount. Might be a modification to remember for right side sidecar frames, also. Doc

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