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post #1 of 12 Old 04-06-2020, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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SWMotech Crashbars - Which shifter?

HI All,
I have a 2017 with the SWMotech Crashbars. I've discovered that the stock shifter isn't the best match as it hits the bars when downshifting. This has forced me to adjust the shifter upward a little bit to allow for proper downshifts. The issue is that now to downshift I have to lift my foot a bit to tap the shifter down.

For those with the SWMotech bars, what shifter have you changed to OR what success have you had modding the existing shifter?
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-06-2020, 08:27 PM
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I'd call that, normal.

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Not normal, let me clarify, I have to lift my foot off of the foot peg to get it high enough to down shift. Makes me feel like one of those harley guys working with a heel/toe shifter. It's crap for quick down shifts.
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HI All,
I have a 2017 with the SWMotech Crashbars. I've discovered that the stock shifter isn't the best match as it hits the bars when downshifting. This has forced me to adjust the shifter upward a little bit to allow for proper downshifts. The issue is that now to downshift I have to lift my foot a bit to tap the shifter down.

For those with the SWMotech bars, what shifter have you changed to OR what success have you had modding the existing shifter?
I have SW-Motech bars installed on my 2012. But the spring loaded shift-nub is outboard of the bars so I experience no interference; see pic.

Perhaps you have a different version/model of the SW-Motech bars? Or, are they tweaked out of position slightly?
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I had a similar problem - I have the SW Motech crash bars and an IMS shift lever, and found that I was occasionally having a problem kicking the bike down into first gear. I moved the shift lever up a spline, and that took care of that problem, but it felt kind of uncomfortable as I had to left my foot entirely from the peg to shift.

I found that the problem was caused by the bottom of the shift lever hitting the crash bar, so I solved it by filing a millimeter or so off of the bottom of the shift lever. I also noticed that my shift lever was kind of loose on the shaft, so I fabricated a shim out of an aluminum can and tightened that up too.

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If one cleans the bolt & hole & splines and then uses anti-sieze grease on the threads & under the head of the bolt, too allow more complete clamping of the clevis onto DRY splines, one may not need beer can shims. (Provided that the splines aren't overly worn from being too loose for too long.)

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post #7 of 12 Old 04-07-2020, 11:50 AM
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Thanks for the tip - I think the inside diameter of the IMS shift lever is a little too big, but I'll give everything a good cleaning the next time I'm down there and see if that helps.

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I had a similar problem - I have the SW Motech crash bars and an IMS shift lever, and found that I was occasionally having a problem kicking the bike down into first gear. I moved the shift lever up a spline, and that took care of that problem, but it felt kind of uncomfortable as I had to left my foot entirely from the peg to shift.

I found that the problem was caused by the bottom of the shift lever hitting the crash bar, so I solved it by filing a millimeter or so off of the bottom of the shift lever.
Ah! Thx Kool-Aid... The IMS shift lever was on my list of alternatives. Good to know you experienced the same thing and worked out a simple fix. I might take another look at my stock lever to see if the same fix will work. I think I got a little too fixated on the idea of either bending or replacing.
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Ah! Thx Kool-Aid... The IMS shift lever was on my list of alternatives. Good to know you experienced the same thing and worked out a simple fix. I might take another look at my stock lever to see if the same fix will work. I think I got a little too fixated on the idea of either bending or replacing.
Do your crash guards mount via a pair of half round saddles around the frame or do they use the footrest bolts?

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Sorry for the delay - my SW Motech crach bars have the little saddles that clamp along the bottom of the frame.
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