Ways to Decrease Turning Radius of Tandem Pro

edited December 2013 in Tandem
We love our new Tandem Pro, but wish it had a smaller turning diameter. In looking at the front axle mounts, it seems a little grinding might reduce the turning diameter. Anyone out there having modified the steering system on the tandem pro, how did it go? Doing any modifications to the steering system would probably void my lifetime warranty however. Has TT given any thought to improving the steering system? On our first ride on Seattle's Burke Gillman trail two weeks ago we couldn't make two turns approaching bridges and had to stop, unclip and reposition the trike to get over the bridges.

Mike in Edmonds, WA

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  • You should inquire at UtahTrikes.com. They have/had a steering modification for the Tour that decreased the turning radius greatly.

    Good Luck ...
  • BillP wrote:
    You should inquire at UtahTrikes.com. They have/had a steering modification for the Tour that decreased the turning radius greatly.

    Good Luck ...

    TerraTrike offers a steering extension as well, originally made for the older Cruiser, Tour and Path models, that now comes standard on our current TourII. You could physically install this on your Tandem Pro steering brace, however, it will not make a difference on your turning radius. The limiting factor causing the wide turning radius is the hub-mounts contacting the yoke/frame. Unfortunately, there is no way around this; grinding at the contact point of the yoke would not be recommended, and could cause some serious damage or failure overtime.

    Please contact us with any questions; I'm happy to help!
    Lydia R.
    Customer Service Manager
    TerraTrike - Part of the Solution
  • LydiaR: If this modification doesn't change the turning radius, what does it do? What's it good for?

    Thanks
  • It's made to increase your turning ability and it does, but it is not compatible with the Tandem. The steering extension is made for our single, linkage steering trikes(Cruiser, Tour, Path) and does a wonderful job of making a smaller turning radius. The the hub-mounts contacting the yoke is what makes it incompatible with the Tandem. To summarize, it's not the steering extension that is not working, it's the Tandem Pro design that is limiting the trike from turning tighter.
    Lydia R.
    Customer Service Manager
    TerraTrike - Part of the Solution
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