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Old 07-23-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Ramp too steep for my new trike

I hope to get some wisdom from the gurus on the site. I have a 2014 XLR27HFS. I just purchased a Harley freewheeler trike and found that I can get it up the ramp but cannot get it down the ramp. The pipes will bury themselves in the dirt backing down the ramp. How can I get less of an angle on the ramp so that my pipes will clear the ground as I go up and down? It's the ground to ramp angle and not the hinge angle that's the problem. Thank for any wisdom.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
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Can you back in? If not may have to come up with something where you can have the ramp off the ground a little.


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It has a "starter motor" reverse, which is designed for getting out of a parking space and that's about it.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:38 PM   #4
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Ramp too steep for my new trike

Add a speed bump on the ramp. Look up quote #77 on the thread "what did you do to your Hyperlite XLR today" under the XLR category. WolfWhistle has a great explanation.

You could take what he posted and maybe apply to the bottom of the ramp.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:42 PM   #5
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Ramp too steep for my new trike

Thanks oldgold. That post seemed to be about the hinge angle unless I read it wrong. My problem is the ramp is too steep at the ground.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:44 PM   #6
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Raise the front of the trailer?
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:46 PM   #7
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Can you get make a triangular wedge to raise/extend the end of the ramp? That seems like it should lessen the angle from ground to ramp. Not sure how long it would have to be, though.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:47 PM   #8
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just throwing it out there but what about getting some aluminum ramps like those used to put bikes in the back of trucks and then placing those behind the rear wheels on the ramp before it comes to the end. could probably even find a way to quick release them on the ramp.


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Old 07-23-2015, 04:48 PM   #9
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Ramp too steep for my new trike

Put the speed bump on the bottom of the ramp so your back end raises while the front end comes down the ramp some. It should prob be enough for the pipes to clear.

It may only take a 2x8 laid across at the bottom.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:40 PM   #10
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Also just thought that I only need two ramps for the rears as the front coming down in the middle would raise the back end, right?
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