Posted 7/5/2004 3:37 PM (#4022) Subject: Side car mounting
just got a 1983 californina side car, i want to mount it to a 1996 vulcan 1500 classic, I have all the mounting arms, i need to know were the mounting points are and i may need new end brackets for my frame configuration.
Posted 7/5/2004 8:42 PM (#4024 - in reply to #4022) Subject: RE: Side car mounting
Location: Boise, Idaho
If it is a 1983 model it still has the small ball and "Flower" lower mounts unless it has been upgraded to the later (after 1988) mounts. Do not use these ball mounts. The earlier Californias had these and torsion bar (strap) suspension. The torsion straps and bushing should also be replaced or upgraded for safety's sake.
Check with CSC or Dauntless Motors for the upgrades and any other mountings you may need.
Posted 8/9/2004 9:55 PM (#4395 - in reply to #4022) Subject: RE: Side car mounting
I'm kinda jumping in on Chucko's discussion, but I bought an '86 Suzook Cavalcade with a California sidecar. This was put together in 86 or so, owner then died and it set for years like new. But the mounts and torsion suspension you speak of...what do I look for there? I would assume it is an 86 or so car. Tell me more.
Posted 8/10/2004 1:20 PM (#4407 - in reply to #4395) Subject: RE: California Side car mounts
Location: Boise, Idaho
If it's got the small (marble sized) lower ball mounts with extruded steel "flower" collets, it's pre 1988. It will also have torsion bar (strap) suspension.
The the threads in the flower collets have been known to strip and release the sidecar from the cycle at times. This was troublesome, to say the least, so the later mounts were upgraded by using a 5/8"x5/8" Heim joint (rod end) and clevis mounting. Very much stronger and if the joint did fail the 5/8" bolt would still hold it captive in the housing, loose but still connected to the bike.
The other weakness after many miles and years, was the torsional suspension which was replaced with a conventional trailing link swing-arm with adjustable coil over shock suspension.
California Sidecar and Dauntless Motors carry upgrades and some OEM type parts for the older California models.
Posted 8/11/2004 7:49 PM (#4424 - in reply to #4022) Subject: RE: Side car mounting
We are working on mounting kits for the Vulcan 1500's. Just finished the Nomad and will work on the other two frame versions in the next couple of weeks. All the 1500 Vulcan's should take the same front mounts which we now have.
Dauntless Motors Corporation