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Old 04-17-2011, 09:26 PM
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Building Reverse Trike - Bearing Question

Hi, Been searching for a 89 Honda Prelude Manual or info on front wheel bearing.

I want to build a reverse trike using the 89 Honda Prelude front suspension.

This question may seem dumb and but....
Does the CV axle hold the hub assembly together?

In other words, If the CV axle is removed is it possible to mount the tire and drive it without it falling apart?

Or do I have to find CV axles, cut off the spindle, mount into hub and torque it to keep it together?

I will be building a sand rail frame and powering with Motorcycle rear wheel drive. (Campagna T-Rex homebuilt knockoff)

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The hub will not fall apart without the axle. But since it's pressed in it may be possible for it to eventually work itself loose. I hope the 3rd gen you plan to cut up is one that has a date with the crusher, and isn't in good condition.
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The hub will not fall apart without the axle. But since it's pressed in it may be possible for it to eventually work itself loose. I hope the 3rd gen you plan to cut up is one that has a date with the crusher, and isn't in good condition.
Hi Luzer, Thanks for the reply.

Just to be safe I will start looking for a set of bad axles so I can cut the shafts off and bolt hub together.

I bought the front end from a guy who parted out the car. $50 for the cross member, rack and pinion, hub, wishbones and shock tower. Basically the front suspension with steering. It will need new ball joints but it's a starting point. How wrong can a guy go for $50?

Plan on building a frame similar to the Ariel Atom but with a single rear wheel and more roll cage. Looking for a donor Crotch Rocket for the power plant.

I liked the idea of how Honda has a short wishbone. Rack and pinion under the cross member. For now, I plan on moving seats way forward, basically sitting over front cross member. shooting for a 60/40 weight ratio.

I'm sure there will be a lot of trial and error but it's a project. Would have been nice if I could have bought the whole car. I have to figure out the mounting position/ spacing of the top wishbone and shock tower so I can keep the geometry close to original.
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Sounds like an ambitious project. Good luck with it.

Why not disassemble the outer cv joint instead of cutting the axle shaft. I haven't taken a prelude axle apart, but I have disassembled outer joints on other cars' axles. It's kind of a pain but it would be a cleaner solution. I'm replacing both my axles. Maybe I'll see if I can take them apart and send the outer sections to you if you are interested.
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Sounds like an ambitious project. Good luck with it.

Why not disassemble the outer cv joint instead of cutting the axle shaft. I haven't taken a prelude axle apart, but I have disassembled outer joints on other cars' axles. It's kind of a pain but it would be a cleaner solution. I'm replacing both my axles. Maybe I'll see if I can take them apart and send the outer sections to you if you are interested.
Been a long time since I looked at a CV Joint but taking the joint apart would be the way to go.

If you would, I'd toss in some beer money and cover shipping for ur old ones. If not, looks like I could get an outer set from ebay for about $60.

I'm not in a rush. My projects usually take a while. My wife says I like to prove my vastly superior stupidity.
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I'm not in a rush. My projects usually take a while. My wife says I like to prove my vastly superior stupidity.
That's good because I probably won't change my axles for a couple weeks.

Your wife kind of sounds like mine.
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lmao i just did my axles but they were under warranty so i had to take my old ones and swap them. but i do have my old front suspension if you need that lol
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