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post #1 of 22 Old 08-23-2017, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Shifter Upgrade

Well I definitely need a longer shifter. I can't get my foot between the peg and the shifter with riding boots on. I've looked at IMS and Happy Trails but was wondering what some of y'alls preference was.
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-23-2017, 10:21 AM
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My preference was to relocate the footpegs to a better spot to help ergonomics, brake pedal height and shifter-to-peg distance. I used knightdesigns drop pegs Knight Design Kawasaki KLR650 11-16 Wide Foot Pegs but JNS peg relocation brackets are another good option 1987-2016 KLR650 Foot Peg Lowering Brackets

The problem is usually exacerbated by aftermarket pegs which are wider and taller than the stock (crappy) rubber pegs. Most people just get the extended shifter but there are other issues remaining AND the extended shifters sit farther outboard of the engine cases which increases the risk of damage in a fall......some extended shifters have a "foot" welded on the back to mitigate the damage but it's a bit of a bandaid.

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post #3 of 22 Old 08-23-2017, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I had replaced the stock pegs with some MX foot pegs and it's rather awkward trying to shift now. I checked out the peg relocation kit and I think that will work. I hadn't given them much though before because I didn't want the mounts below the frame, but it appears my worries were baseless.
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Thank you. I had replaced the stock pegs with some MX foot pegs and it's rather awkward trying to shift now. I checked out the peg relocation kit and I think that will work. I hadn't given them much though before because I didn't want the mounts below the frame, but it appears my worries were baseless.
well, not baseless; there are some peg relocation kits that are essentially a flat plate and those would definitely stick below the frame and reduce ground clearance.

like these;

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post #5 of 22 Old 08-23-2017, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Hahaha Yes, sir. Those are simular to what I had seen before. They looked a little worrisome.
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post #6 of 22 Old 08-23-2017, 02:13 PM
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Just for reference, the splines on my IMS shifter don't click the pedal in the exact same spot as my stocker did. The IMS sits a little higher, like a half spline higher, if that makes sense.

I ended up lengthening my stocker.
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post #7 of 22 Old 08-27-2017, 10:17 AM
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I'm thinking about getting 2 and welding them together with one top and one bottom so I can just go up or down without having to go around the shifter
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post #8 of 22 Old 08-27-2017, 10:52 AM
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haha; the heel shifter was the first thing I removed from my Harley...
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post #9 of 22 Old 08-27-2017, 12:17 PM
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Heel toe isn't what he meant. A double shifter for up and down not a bad idea. I'd like to see how that works out.

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post #10 of 22 Old 08-27-2017, 01:51 PM
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Went with the JNS Engineering <jnsengineering.com> Foot Peg Brackets and the IMS Shift Lever. I got a significant increase in foot room for my size 13's without loosing any ground clearance AND the right Foot Peg is now lined up properly with the Brake Lever.
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