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post #1 of 19 Old 08-21-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Is an extended shifter worth it for those of us with bigger feet? I rode my KLR today and I'm not too happy with how ratchety the shifting feels (compared to my other bikes). I raised it up a notch quite awhile ago (it's OK) but I'm wondering if another 1" worth make it feel smoother?

Which one is a good one? Where to order it from? Thanks!!

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Is an extended shifter worth it for those of us with bigger feet? I rode my KLR today and I'm not too happy with how ratchety the shifting feels (compared to my other bikes). I raised it up a notch quite awhile ago (it's OK) but I'm wondering if another 1" worth make it feel smoother?

Which one is a good one? Where to order it from? Thanks!!

i don't have big feet but i do ride in MX boots. i could barely shift the stock lever. Moose Racing makes a steel lever that's 1" longer, works great.

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Yup, got the same. And the extra inch totally changes the shifting in my opinion. For the BETTER. New boots made it necessary, but I would do it regardless now.




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I bought mine from HappyTrails. Works great for me.
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The 1st/2nd shift will seem much smoother.



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post #6 of 19 Old 08-22-2012, 08:42 AM
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I have the IMS from amazon. Man it's great. I wear a size 13 boot and it was torture with the stock shifter. I love shifting gears now. The "1 makes the difference trust me.


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Has anyone read anything great or bad about any of the above mentioned? ie. bend easy or rub the engine side? Thanks

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IMS Shifter

+1 on the IMS shifter from Amazon. It fits my size 12.5 boot just fine.

It's steel, quite stiff, and does not rub on anything. However, like the stock shifter, if you try to mount it rotated ccw (lowering the toepeg) it will foul on the frame when you downshift. I ended up grinding away a little of the lever so that I could rotate it down one spline. It now fits my riding and shifting style much better.

I haven't noticed any weakness even with the slightly thinner lever. I am keeping my stock shifter for a while "just in case".
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Always keep the stock!




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I just ordered the Moose one. I can envision it making the shifting smoother for a bigger foot.
I figured since I was paying for shipping I might as well go ahead and order a gnarly rear tire for the pit bike. If we get any snow this winter we're going to need some big knobs on the rear to pull me around the field.

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