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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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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? :character00286:
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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i almost bought this kit from JA7455 on klr650.net before i figured i could work with what i had. might want to contact him, i know he only made a bunch when he had a few orders.
 

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I bought one of the last two kits from JV. It's a peg lowering kit. Nice thing about it is if you should hit a rock it rotates up so as not to do any damage. I also like the way it puts your right foot at the proper placement for the brake. I haven't tried my off road boots yet but it sure helped with my regular boots. I may have to play with the shifter just a bit to get a good compromise with sneakers and off road boots.
 

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Have you guys tried the pivoting foot pegs? Like powerpegs? Call http://www.sporttour.com/ I got mine from them and they are really easy to work with. They match prices.
 

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Doing a search and found this.. I got the 1'' longer shifter from Whitehorse and it worked fine stock height with standard work boots.. I got a pair of moose boots and I tested it and I had to raise it one notch .. Raining so can't try at the momment, but will let you you know soon as I can get ride in with them.
 

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Tried about 20 miles tonight with the mx boots .. ( pants went over them ) with the shifter raised one notch it works fine.. upshift is just about normal .. downshift I have to raise my foot and tap it down as it's too high to bend my broken foot that far.. but works and my feet and shins are protected well ..

On a side note.. I wear a size 15.
 

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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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I don't think that if there is any tricks for it.
 

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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.
Yep I did the same thing last year I like it with boot's and tennis shoes both.
 

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RE: KLR650.com 'Out of Stock' . .

I've been back & forth with them for a couple of months on a $200+ order. After waiting what seemed like 'forever', I dared to ask about any up-date on the shipment. I got a very 'snippy' and convoluted 'business economy' response and they cancelled the order !!

They now seem to be 'out of stock' on EVERYTHING. Their 'policy' of taking money in ADVANCE of an order {via PayPal} is reminicent of a company I once worked for . . because they had to be 'hounded' to pay their bills, THEIR suppliers wanted 'payment on delivery / pick-up'. They seem to be a 'one-man-band' and struggling.

It's a shame - nice prices & seems to be 'Good Stuff' !!

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Boatshop
 

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PS - re: 'Foot peg lowering brackets'

Seen them elsewhere . . actually look easy enough to fabricate.

Square of steel plate w/4 holes. A 2in seperation between 'sets' of two. Slightly larger, unthreaded, pair above {for 'shoulder bolts' to existing bolt holes} and threaded set below -for NEW footpeg placement.

Boatshop
 
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