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moving sidecar from left to right
#777035 06/22/19 12:06 pm
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I am considering a Post war Norton with a left hand side car mount. I would prefer to move the sidecar to the right to use in the US. Is this a big undertaking or are sidecars engineered to be ambidextrous?


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Re: moving sidecar from left to right
qside #777076 06/23/19 1:16 am
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Very few sidecars are 'ambidextrous', as you put it, so its a case of replace about everything in sight.
Or the sidecar/chassis ends up facing backwards, and the door is inaccessible as well !
I chickened out on a sidecar deal after contemplating this...

Be aware too that Nortons redesigned their engines for 1948, with slightly more robust valve gear,
although for low use this may not make much difference.
With not huge power for overtaking fast traffic, the sidecar on the 'wrong' side may not make much difference. ?
We see you already have a 46 Model 18, so you already knew this ?!

Re: moving sidecar from left to right
qside #777401 06/27/19 1:37 pm
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Gary,

Rohan is correct. Most sidecars are not able to change sides. If you think of the body, many have a door or a cutaway to help the passenger with access. This will be on the wrong side. If you think of the chassis, the mounts may bolt onto the frame, but you have to have a frame rail on the other side in the same position. If you look closer, the body suspension and/or the wheel axle are rarely "bolt on" items. They usually need welding or brazing to remain in place.

The best bet is to have a correct "handed" side car. Second best is that the sidecar body is symmetrical. The chassis could be modified to attach on the other side, but you will need some fabrication to get there.

David


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