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    Default Sidecar brakes

    Does anyone have a juice brake set up, or a backing plate for a 58 thru 75 or so side car? I'm trying to make a 50 LE work on a Duo-Glide.
    VPH-D

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    Golly VPH-D!

    It will work fine with no brake at all.

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    You're serious?
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    I don't run the sidecar brake on my '49.they are a fickle thing to setup.If you get too much sidecar brake it takes you for a right hand circle.too little & it is the same as no brake.Late models I have rode that have a seperate pedal or a hand lever to actuate the car brake work pretty good.When you really need it you have a little extra stop power.

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    I always set up the sidecar brakes, if set-up correctly you will stop straight and true. Not hard to do and definitely add to the stopping power. I guess living in the mountains creates a different mind set.
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    Quote Originally Posted by VPH-D View Post
    You're serious?
    VPH-D
    You bet, VPH-D!

    I believe the owner' handbooks speak of "if" you run a brake.

    Rigids can be tuned, but its just easier to put a hydraulic on the shelf.
    Why bother with it if you must defeat its action anyway?

    Mine's in the basement somewhere, packed away thirty-eight years ago.

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    I also am a firm believer in a operational sidecar brake. Carrying a big load down the mountains on the first Cannonball (2010) re-enforced this idea. Jerry

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    I agree with hills & traffic.Pretty flat where i ride & I don't ride during the 20 minute rush hour!

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    Just for clarity, Folks,..

    This discussion was about hooking up to a DuoGlide.

    Running no hack brake pulls you gently to the left.
    A hydraulic hack brake pulls you hard to the right.
    Smaller shoes didn't help much.

    Backing off the shoes just means it grabs later.

    Considering my wife's upper body mass, no brake was most comfortable. She knows the limits of the machine.

    ....Cotten
    PS: VPH-D's real question was whether a hydraulic brake would bolt up to a mechanical chassis.

    I can't easily get to my '39... Or my hydraulic brake!
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    VPH-D's real question was whether a hydraulic brake would bolt up to a mechanical chassis.
    And he got that answered. You brought up the NO BRAKE thing. This thread just just him looking for parts...
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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