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post #1 of 24 Old 08-23-2008, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Boots and shifter

After burning my leg in the spring at a DS ride I decided to get a pair of rideing boots. I guess you could call them moto cross boots or the like. Never had a pair until now. Anyway I have had them of a while, 2 or 3 months and decided to try them out. Well I figured I would have to move the shifter but that ain't happenin.

I can't move the shifter up far enough to get my boot under it to shift.Is there a trick here or is that just the way it is without cutting and welding another shift lever?

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post #2 of 24 Old 08-23-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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Great question, thumbs! I went through several boot selections trying to find one that would fit under my shifter comfortably. I finally gave up and figured there must be a trick to this, like only using the side of your toe for upshifting. I'm curious to see what others tell us about this problem.

KLR gurus - what say ye on this matter?
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post #3 of 24 Old 08-23-2008, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like an opportunity here. LOL

The ideal would be an adjustable shifter that would allow the use of motocross boots and sneakers. I do most of my rideing with sneakers but if I do anything other than around town I use my "cowboy" boots. They work pretty good and get under the sifter without a problem. The motocross boots, as it stands now don't stand a chance.

I think it could be done with a little welding and a two position pin type thing. I'm in the middle of puttin in a kitchen so it may not be on the top of my list right now but I may have to think about it.

Sure would like to hear what others have done also. Some of you guys really ride these klr's pretty hard ya gotta wear boots.

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post #4 of 24 Old 08-23-2008, 10:29 PM
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funny story now that you mention it. i did the same thing last winter. bought a new pair of fox moto boots. adjusted the shifter up and everything felt fine in the warm garage in the middle of winter....
anyway, went for my first spring ride and couldnt get outa first gear! shifter was hitting the case...
so i moved it back down a bit..i have found that with those stiff boots i sorta have to lift my leg instead of just rocking my ankle. and you cant really feel the shifter on top of your foot like you can in a softer boot. after a few miles though, they loosen up a bit.

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post #5 of 24 Old 08-23-2008, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I can raise the shifter all the way up and still can't get even close to gettin the boot under it. Like you said that little bolt in the case is a bugger in not letting the thing raise enough to work with boots.

Just thinkin off the top of my head. Maybe something like a right angle piece of band iron that would allow you to put your boot between the top of the shift lever and the band iron. You would put your boot between them. That way you could leave the mod on and just put your shoe under the lever like normal. Do ya understand what I'm talkin about?

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post #6 of 24 Old 08-24-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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Thumbs. How about lowering the pegs? I saw the peg lowering kit on KLR650.com. Just a thought.
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post #7 of 24 Old 08-24-2008, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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I'll check it out. Do you have any exp with the peg lowering kit? I can raise the shifter all the way up till it hits that bolt and there still isn't enough room. Maybe a combo of the kit and the shifter may work.

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post #8 of 24 Old 08-24-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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No expereience with moving the pegs. I hadn't thought I'd need to, but I see I may have to at some point. I asked for a pair of Thor 50/50 boots for Christmas from the wife. I would imagagine that I will encounter the same problem you're having. Incidentally, KLR650.com is out of stock on the lowering kit. They do have a shifter they claim gives more room , but it sounds like it gets the room by using a smaller shifter knob.
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post #9 of 24 Old 08-24-2008, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yep I went to the site and saw they were out of stock. This has to be a common problem. I can't imagin any moto cross type boot under the lever. When I bought my boots I never gave it a thought that there wasn't enough adjustment room. Hey it's a DS if you ride DS you probably have moto cross type boots right? Well there has to be a way. I don't want to lower the pegs to far ya need the clearance.

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post #10 of 24 Old 09-14-2008, 09:40 PM
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Thumbs up Shifter fix

I had the same problem is what i done was take the shifter and cut it right in front of the curve and added one inch to it boots work fine now the thickness of the shifter is 1/4 inch this is simple to do if you have a welder if not you local welding shop could do it for you.

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