Understanding Crankshaft Counterweights

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Hodgson Crankshaft Assembly

Crank Counterweight Study, Rotating WeightI’ve been thinking recently about the crankshaft construction on the Hodgson Radial.  I’ve never really been happy with the 5-piece construction and I’m thinking of changing it to a 3-piece crank where the crank cheeks (counterweights) are integral with the front and rear crankshaft sections.  The main journal would then be clamped by splitting the upper portion of the crank cheek and using a compression bolt to retain the journal.

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