Drift Trike Build
If you haven’t ridden a drift trike, then you’re missing out. With a few modifications and a $100 motor from Harbor Freight we have an almost too fast drift trike. “We are still trying to figure out the best option for front brakes.”
When considering this build we looked at multiple custom frames and considered building our own until we came across a post by HotRod magazine where they used a Razor Trike frame and added on to provide room for an axle and motor. With a little engineering of our own and some help from BMI Karts we managed to build a solid drifting trike.
Below you will find some images and a list of parts we used to make this build.
Razor Drift Trike
We purchased this Razor drift trike from Amazon. $119-$139
212cc Predator Motor
We purchased our predator motor from Harbor Freight. With a coupon you can usually get this motor for $100
#40 Roller Chain
We purchased our chain from Amazon. $13.58
Axle, Wheels, Sprocket, Clutch and Bearings
We purchased the majority of our parts from BMI Karts. We found their site to be the most comprehensive and their prices to be the best.
Below is a screenshot of what we ordered from BMI. We got an extra wheel hub to see if it could be used to mount an axle brake. We will update this post when our brake shows up in the mail.
Some additional items we needed were a twist throttle, a 100″ throttle cable, metal for the motor and axle mount and PVC pipe to put over the tires.
Motor and Axle Frame
We used the existing Razor frame and welded on foot rests, metal pipe and flat steel for the motor mount.
PVC Tire Sleeves
Sleeves can get a little pricy. Luckily we have a great plumbing supply neighbor next to our warehouse who gave us some unusable 10″ water pipe. The 10″ fits great over the 10″ tire, however one of the tires must have been a little smaller because it slid out of the PVC. We remedied the problem by applying 3M rubber adhesive to the tire and it no longer slides off.
In the future we are considering going to a larger tire and 12″ PVC to get a little more ground clearance.