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Following here is a copy of the guide for installing a Texas Sidecar on the Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. This is reproduced here as an example of the type installation guide we send with Texas Sidecars. Some installations are less complex than this one and some installations are more complex. This example may vary from the one we actually send as mounting parts and procedures are subject to change.

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Unpack sidecar and inspect for any shipping damage

The sidecar is secured to a solid plywood platform which has 2×4 skids built in. The crate outer shell is also solid plywood with 2×4 inner braces. If there appears to be damage to the crate, notify the shipper when you pick it up. It might be worth taking the dozen or so screws out of the top and visually inspecting the contents.

Inventory

Inside the body of the sidecar you should find the following items:

Tonneau cover

Windshield

Bag with windshield mounting bolts, nuts, washers and caps

Mounting arm pinch bolts

Four bags containing mounts for motorcycle frame

Two lower mounting arms bosses with heim joints

Two lower mounting arm clamps

Strut mounts for sidecar chassis

Strut mounting bolts and bolted down against the side is the wheel

Unbolt sidecar frame from pallet

Donate shipping crate to someone with a dog or needing a hunting blind.

Unbolt the Body from the Chassis

Remove the four bolts that run through the carpet, body and chassis and set the body aside. Installing the sidecar chassis without the body installed makes the job considerably easier. Save the bolts, nuts, and washers for remounting the body. When reinstalling these bolts, put the big washers on top of the carpet.

There are four mounts that must be installed on the motorcycle frame: two upper mounts for attaching the sidecar struts and two lower mounts for attaching the sidecar mounting arms.

Front Upper Mount:

1. Locate the right upper frame split joint just in front of the exhaust pipe. Remove the allen head cap bolts from this joint. (Save these bolts for use on the lower rear mount.) See picture below.

2. Install the mount labeled “Upper Front” using the bolts and lock nuts supplied with the mount. Tighten the mounting bolts and nuts. Do not tighten the rod end yet. See picture below.

Front Lower Mount

Disassemble the mount labeled “Lower Front” and slide the U-shaped strap over the frame rail as far forward as possible, but behind the control mounts. Reassemble clamp and tighten both nuts, keeping the clamp body pointing down and the U-shaped clevis pointing out and with the opening horizontal. See picture below.

Lower Rear Mount

1. Locate the right side frame rail splice on the motorcycle. Remove the two allen head cap bolts.

2. Using the longer allen head bolts taken out of the upper front frame splice, install the mount labeled “lower rear mount.”

3. Tighten the lock nut on the rear of the U-shaped clevis, keeping the clevis vertical. See picture below.

Upper Rear Mount

1. Remove the bolts holding the rear “crash” bars to the bike frame.

2. Slide the plate labeled “Upper Rear Mount” between the frame and the bars.

3. Inside the bag with the mount is a shim – insert it between the mounting plate and the lower bar end. See picture below.

Once all the mounts are on the bike, continue with the sidecar mounting instructions.

Preparing the chassis

A. Install front lower mounting arms

Insert the 70 degree boss (the arm with the heim joint) into the clamp (the arm with the pinch bolts having the same angle).

Slide the assembly into the front frame mounting tube. This is more easily done if you use a small chisel tapped into the space between the pinch bolt mounts, spreading the frame mount slightly.

Keep the assembly approximately horizontal and pointing reward. Remove the chisel if you used it to spread the pinch bolts and install the 4 pinch bolts and lock nuts. The pinch bolts should be snug.

The mounting arm will be pointed toward the rear of the sidecar similar to the pictures below. The mounting arm MUST stick out past the end of the clamping arm.

B. Install rear mounting arms

Insert the 90 degree boss (the arm with the heim joint) into the clamp (once again, this arm should also be a 90 degree).

Slide the assembly into the rear frame mounting tube. This is more easily done if you use a small chisel tapped into the space between the pinch bolt holes, spreading the frame mount slightly.

Keep the assembly approximately horizontal and pointing forward. Remove the chisel if you used it to spread the pinch bolts and install the pinch pinch bolts and lock nuts. The pinch bolts should be snug.

The mounting arm will be pointed toward the front of the sidecar similar to the picture below.

Mounting wheel

Install wheel - snug lug bolts up tight

It will be much easier to do the initial installation (and to remove the sidecar in the future) if it is sitting on a dolly of some kind. There are several companies that sell carpeted furniture dollies for $20-$25 and it is a very good investment.

Put chassis on furniture dolly. Block the frame up until the tire just touches the ground and the frame is level (this should be approximately 9 inches from the ground to the bottom of the chassis). Use a 12 to 24 inch long level to check the frame side-to-side and front to back. Use small pieces of wood, cardboard, wooden rulers, etc., to block the chassis up perfectly level. A small degree of tilt from front to back is permissible, but not side-to-side.

With the bike level, carefully wheel the chassis into position and prepare to attach the lower sidecar mounts to the motorcycle. Initially, the bike does not have to be perfectly upright and the attachment is sometimes more easily done with someone sitting on the bike and keeping the bike as close to level as possible.

Position the chassis where the sidecar axle is sitting approximately 8-10 inches ahead of the bike’s rear axle. This usually means the sidecar axle is sitting somewhere in line with the rubber of the rear tire. See drawing below which shows the sidecar wheel “lead” as measurement “B”. Also see picture above which shows the lead.

Try to position the chassis a comfortable distance away from the foot pegs or floorboards, but as close as possible to the bike.

Beginning with the lower front, loosen the pinch bolts only enough to tap the mounting arms gently until the heim joint can slide into the female clevis. You may need to rotate the heim joint some and/or the clevis a small amount, but in general, the bolt should slide straight through the clevis and the heim joint. Check to see that bike and sidecar chassis are still level – try to keep the chassis level throughout the assembly. Snug pinch bolts.

The sidecar will be able to move in and out now, pivoting on the front mount. Loosen the pinch bolts, if necessary, and align mounting arms until rear heim joint fits into mount. Slide bolt in from back to front. Check level of bike and sidecar chassis. Adjust if necessary and tighten pinch bolts.

Given that the chassis is level side-to-side and front to back, hold the bike somewhere between perfectly level and leaning out (the top leaning out away from the sidecar) just a couple of degrees (half a bubble on the level). Connect the front and rear struts to the upper mounts by rotating each strut as necessary to lengthen or shorten. The struts have ample threaded length and you may find it necessary to cut a few inches off the bottom to make them fit properly. Be sure to leave plenty of threaded material for adjustment in and out.

You will want to set the toe in at 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Using straight lines drawn on the floor of your shop, have the distance between the two lines drawn through the bike wheels and the sidecar wheel is narrower at the front than the rear.

Etc., etc., etc.,

We hope this gives you a good idea of the type of information you will receive with your Texas Sidecar.