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help me with this sidecar deal men, please

Did you see my question. I would appreciate your wisdom.
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I dont think it is possible to fit an electric start to your bike. You could possibly fit a later engine that has electric start but you would also have to change the complete electric system, you may also have problems with sprockets lining up.
If the bike is set up right carb and ignition it should start after a couple of kicks, not sure what side you plan on fitting thge side car but could be a problem if fitted on the same side as the kickstart.
There is alot more info about sidecars on ADV rider search XT 600, Tenere on the hacks forum.
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Why would you want to do that ?????
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well there are several issues to deal with, the electric start is posible but needs the whole left hand side of the engine including side cover, stator, ignition pick up, magneto/fly wheel, starter clutch and associated starter gears.
the starter motor needs a good battery and solonoid set up including battery box/mounting.
the chassis mods for a sidecar means a sub frame needs building to give a front mounting point, also the exhaust is routed down the right hand side so heat from that will be an issue.
a front suspention mod will also be needed to componsate for the increased weight.
quite frankly its a non economic viability unless its going to be a dedicated trials machine.
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OK thank you Wolf.

I cannot start one of these without a 5 gallon bucket. I got them to make a sidecar because I love the motor. How about putting in a shorter rear monoshock from a 600 street bike and dropping the forks to the point where rake and angle and such remain the same, but ground clearance is decreased. Could this work so that I could tool around on it? Thank you.
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street shocks usually have more agressive damping so you might have some issues with comfort/handling on the rough stuff

dropping the forks through the yokes might be a bit of problem as you would soon hit the bars with the top of the fork legs

it all depends on what you want to do with the bike and how much you want to lower it
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