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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Cheapskate Foot Pegs

Recently I was crying about my shiny new SW Motech crash bars not being even and got it sorted out with a 2x4 and some grunt.

Now I find that the footpegs on the Happy Trails cross bar/engine protector don't stick out far enuf to give secure footing with the crash bars in the way. (I had to customize that crossbar to make the crash bars fit. Had to tweak the crash bars a bit, too)

The pegs were useable but only supported about of my foot, so went on-line and about had heart failure. By the time you buy the SW mounting kit and the footpegs you're looking at a solid $100 bill. Sonamagun - I don't think I want them that bad.

My nick-name isn't Stub-Bourne for nothing, tho', so got to looking things over. The stamped original pegs were lightweight metal and 15mm x 17mm OD. Down at the local Ace hardware I found a length of " square steel tubing for ~$7, it's very close in size and a lot stronger. It turns out that the heavy 7/8" ID rubber hose will just about squeeze over that tubing, so bought 1 ft of it for about ~$3.



There's the original foot peg core, the new custom piece with the old rubber on it and the new hose. Waxing the steel made it much easier to get the hose on there. I imagine alcohol would work, too, but gives no slip when it dries. The square "washer" at upper right is needed but had to be filed out a bit to fit the " tube. I hadn't looked that closely at them before, but now I could see that the resilient rubber pushing that square washer against the mounting bracket is what holds them in place, either in or out as if it were spring loaded.

I see now, tho' that another of those square washers would go well at the end, too. That rubber is crushed against the bolt head and might eventually pop over it. We'll keep an eye on it.



I cut the heavy rubber hose to be about " too long so that it would give more of a spring action. It worked out well but was a struggle to get mounted. Above is how I finally got it and it's plenty springy.



I copied the original to give it a slightly backward angle to allow for future breaking-in. Eventually it'll work its way square.



Folded, they stay put. This really worked out well and I'm very pleased with them.


So, there ya got it, sports fans. They're a little long but that's OK for now. If I scrape them on corners they'll just fold back, then I can cut them back a bit if needed. (thought I had the bike square into the sun, but missed it a bit)
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 08:35 PM
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Cool mod! Now the highway cruising should be a little more comfy!
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Nice. Good work.




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Good work Lar!
On my 1500 Nomad I found I liked my highway pegs angled back like you have yours. When I had them straight out my feet tended to slide off the ends. It was much better angled back a bit.
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Good work Lar!
On my 1500 Nomad I found I liked my highway pegs angled back like you have yours. When I had them straight out my feet tended to slid off the ends. It was much better angled back a bit.
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Good Idea ! ! ! Thanks...............Lar.
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well done, nice review too.

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