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2012/08/09 07:34:47 (permalink)

Help me with this three wheeler!!??

I have done a ton of research trying to figure out what this thing is.  All I know is that it is late 60s or eirly 70s commuter industries.  They were ahead of the competition when this thing came out.  It has a kohler engine on it and its belt driven!  And electric start.  Does anyone know anything about this machine?  I have found some bikes similar, but not the same.  Apparently john deer bought commuter out and used this design for the granger and sasquach in the eirly 70s.  But I cant find anything on the commuter with a kohler engine.  Only with a kawasaki engine.

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2013 RZR 570 LE, 2010 420 AT IRS, 2001 350 Warrior, 1998 Kodiak, 1986 Tri Moto 225DR Limited, 1985 Big Red x2, 1985 ATC70, 1985 Tri Zinger 60, 1984 ATC 250R, 1968 340cc 8hp Commuter Industries, and looking for more!
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    RANCHERBOY102
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 07:45:21 (permalink)
    man that thing would be killer to restore. but if info is hard to find parts are gonna be even harder ....

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 07:50:30 (permalink)
    They still make parts for the engine on it and they are $PROUD$ of them.  Its a whopping 340cc but only puts out 8hp.  I think the front fork has been modified.  It seems ut use to fit snug under the front fender.  The bike is 7ft 4in long!

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 07:58:35 (permalink)
    God thats long. is it gonna be for mud or just a stock cruiser?

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 08:09:47 (permalink)
    Probably just for show off.  It will definately be a bankwalker.  I've got the motor freed up, and compression.  The magneto and stater, cdi, and silinoid are getting fire but barely anything at the coil pack or plug.  I'm having to be very pacient.  How many volts should the coil pack show?  Im reading .35 to .55

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 08:21:13 (permalink)
    That thing is looking like an old vintage Manco 3 wheeler. Manco did run some of those lawn mower style engines.

     
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 08:28:54 (permalink)
    That might be what it is, and could be the reason why I can't match the bike and engine in my research.  I'm fixing to check.

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 08:33:27 (permalink)
    Nope.  Thats not it.

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 09:26:03 (permalink)
    Avenger Bigfoot? Heald? Bird 3 wheeler?
    post edited by bcom - 2012/08/09 09:29:30

     
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 09:44:20 (permalink)
    Those bikes come with either a briggs and stratton or kawasaki engine.  Mine has a kohler on it.  All are 340cc.  Maybe someone did an engine swap on this thing...  But if you google "commuter industries 3 wheeler", its a picture of one identical to mine.  And of course there is no engine on it for me to compare with.

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 09:47:30 (permalink)
    google " 3 wheeler kohler" and check discussion boards

     
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 10:16:11 (permalink)
    The only thing I found on kohler three wheeler was a tri sport.  It used the same engine but its not the same.  I do appreciate the help you are giving me!
    post edited by Kingofants - 2012/08/10 04:35:15

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/09 11:11:50 (permalink)
    No problem bub.Im kinda out of ideas for what that thing is.Hopefully someone else chimes in on this question that knows more about these things than me.Good luck,im sure you'll find something eventually.

     
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/08/10 04:35:44 (permalink)
    Oh yea, and this thing has fiberglass fenders.

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/09/23 07:52:14 (permalink)
    So I guess no one has anymore ideas?

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/09/23 08:23:44 (permalink)
    It's a comuter I rember ridding it back before we got our 1976
    Atc 90
    The western auto in Rayville sold them
    Hustler used the same drive setup on there's
    The motor is garden tiller all the way
    Clutches are comet as best I rember
    Yes your forks are extended
    Factory had Mabey 2 inches clerance
    Gumbo mud would. Ball up the front tire
    Idd have to find a stick to dig mud out so tire would roll


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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2012/09/23 09:00:57 (permalink)
    Any idea of what year?

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2013/09/03 03:41:36 (permalink)
    Hey King, I just got the exact same 3 wheeler! I see you have yours listed as a 1968.. How did you figure out what year it was? Mine also has a Kohler 8hp motor, and comet clutch. Im trying to figure out what year it is, so any help you can give me would be appreciated! Thanks
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2013/09/04 01:53:34 (permalink)
    I have tried for the past few hours to find the website I got the date off of.  Should have bookmarked it.  Does yours run?  Fiberglass fenders?

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2013/09/04 03:28:01 (permalink)
    They Re actually pretty collectible by the due hard. 3 wheeler guys. Beats advice is get on 3wheelerwolrd and ask those guys they are die hard 3 wheeler guys and always who I bring my atc help to
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2014/07/16 09:17:22 (permalink)
    Your picture is a Commuter Industries PaceSetter III. I have one I am working on. It had a Kawasaki 340 in it. I am currently in stage one of getting it back to riding condition. It has a rear 2 piece HEX axle. The bearings were a **** to find along with the locking collars but it is done and waiting for a drive chain. The ones on there were so rusty I could not get a number off of them so it is guess work. I tried a 428 and the pitch was way off. Going to try a #40 next. Then the wheels and tires go on. If you have questions on where to get bearings just holler. I am going to put an aftermarket 11hp in for a motor. Probably a Predator.
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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2014/07/19 03:24:01 (permalink)
    Yeah that's what I was gonna say, definitley a pacesetter of some sort, one of my buddies has two pacesetters a little smaller than that, I've only got honda acts about 10 of them lol probably gonna pick up a 250r this winter

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    Re:Help me with this three wheeler!!?? 2014/10/28 09:54:11 (permalink)

    Pacesetter III - completely modified
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