I got a few miles on the LT with my new heel shifter today, here's the report:
I realize when they designed this shifter it was for the stock location of the footpeg. I have the Suburban Machinery peg lowering device so that makes the location of the heel shifter a little higher with respect to the peg. Even so, it works comfortably. I did find after a few miles of experimentation that I could just place the heel of my boot against the plate that the footpeg is fastened to and push down. This resulted in pressing down on the arm that the shifter heel plate is attached to rather than the heel plate itself. It worked very well this way, and I found myself upshifting with very little repositioning of my foot.
A couple of pics are attached, one showing the boot heel on the shifter heel plate, and one pic showing the heel of the boot on the arm of the shifter just forward of the heel plate. This is the position I found myself using the most and it was very convenient.
A note here: the pics are a little bit of a construct as I am holding the boot, not wearing it in the photos. The actual position of the boot might be a little different if I were actually wearing the boot, sitting on the bike and someone else took the pics.
In short, the heel plate of the shifter is a little high if you have footpeg relocators like I do. But the shifter works very well. Simple, effective design; kind of makes the other types I have seen look over-engineered. Glad someone posted about this shifter, I was getting ready to fabricate something myself but this one looked too easy and was 1/2 the price of others.
Originally Posted by CharlieVT
My heel shifter arrived yesterday and installation took only a few minutes.
I haven't done any riding and won't get a change for a couple of days, but sitting on the bike the location of the heel plate seems to be located pretty well; location of the heel plate was my only real concern.
It seems a simple solution compared to other heel shifter mechanisms I have seen.
As far as appearance, I think form follows function and this is not a bad looking accessory. If it had been chrome, on my bike it would have looked out of place; to each their own.
The shifting action seems smooth and I don't think that the heel shifter will stress the shift linkage any more than normal shifting unless you are someone who stomps on the shifter. I have the original shift linkage and haven't ever had a failure, although I have inspected the linkage assembly and lubricated it a couple of time in the past 70,000 miles.
I have a little arthritis in my big toe, and up-shifting irritates it. I am hopeful that this heel shifter will ease that pain. I'll report on my experience after the next good ride.
The shifter is made by the same folks who make J-pegs.