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post #1 of 13 Old Dec 21st, 2006, 9:42 pm Thread Starter
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I did a shearch here for adjusting the shifter and all it returned was the up/down adjustments. Is there a way to adjust it forward so that it is further from the footpeg? My size 13 wides have a hard time fitting the toe under the shifter and my work boots (steel toes) won't go under there at all (have to shift with the side of the sole). Failing an adjustment, is there an after market that is longer?
BTW I have the lowered J pegs which move the pegs down and forward.

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post #2 of 13 Old Dec 21st, 2006, 9:44 pm
 
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If you can't get your boot under it, adjust it up.
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That would work, but then it will be too high for downshifting. There just isn't enough space (it seems) between the shifter and footpeg. When wearing a flatter toed boot (combat boot style) it fits ok but could use another 1/2"-1" gap.
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Try the heal shifter.

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I looked at that earlier. I'd really like to keep the stock look/function if at all possible. I was hoping someone made an aftermarket lever that was a bit longer. I may have to head over to the machine shop and see if they can make one for me from some 7075 T6 or the like.
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Be careful making it of any stronger material than what is there. It is designed to break/bend before doing any more damage to shift linkage and transmission. JM2CW.

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I did a shearch here for adjusting the shifter and all it returned was the up/down adjustments. Is there a way to adjust it forward so that it is further from the footpeg? My size 13 wides have a hard time fitting the toe under the shifter and my work boots (steel toes) won't go under there at all (have to shift with the side of the sole). Failing an adjustment, is there an after market that is longer?
BTW I have the lowered J pegs which move the pegs down and forward.

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Not sure if this will help but Ilium Works make a slip on cover that gives you more length on the shifter:

http://www.iliumworks.com/Products.cfm

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Not sure if this will help but Ilium Works make a slip on cover that gives you more length on the shifter:

http://www.iliumworks.com/Products.cfm
That one just extends it to the right further away from the bike. And since it slips over the existing shifter, you sacrifice some of the distance from the peg to the shifter. What I am looking for is more space between the RH peg and the place where your toe goes under the shifter.
I think I'll just have to have my buddy at the machine shop fabricate one for me. What would be nice is an adjustable telescoping shifter. That way you could adjust it to where it was comfortable for each operator.
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That one just extends it to the right further away from the bike. And since it slips over the existing shifter, you sacrifice some of the distance from the peg to the shifter.
Yes, however since the shifter extends quite a bit more to the outside you can catch it easily with the top right side of your boot without having to slide your foot all the way under it.
When I had my lowered pegs I really loved the Iliumworks shifter extender. It made a world of difference. You may want to try it as it won't be an expensive experiment. I also had the Iliumworks brake pedal and loved it as well. More natural feet position after relocating the pegs.

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Yes, however since the shifter extends quite a bit more to the outside you can catch it easily with the top right side of your boot without having to slide your foot all the way under it.
For $20 maybe I'll give it a try, not much to loose. As far as having one made at the machine shop...that is free, (one of the advantages of working for a co. that makes business jets and knowing one of the people in the machine shop.)
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I did a shearch here for adjusting the shifter and all it returned was the up/down adjustments. Is there a way to adjust it forward so that it is further from the footpeg? My size 13 wides have a hard time fitting the toe under the shifter and my work boots (steel toes) won't go under there at all (have to shift with the side of the sole). Failing an adjustment, is there an after market that is longer?
BTW I have the lowered J pegs which move the pegs down and forward.

Thanks,

Ken
So Ken, how about a real long shifter? Check out the attached pic. I believe it may be off an old Harley, but not positive. A relative of Art's had it in a box of parts he had picked up as part of a basket case Harley.

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So Ken, how about a real long shifter?
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Dang...now thats a Looooong shifter!
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I think that it is just Genetics.
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