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Scraping bits on the ground

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:54 pm



I am CONSTANTLY scraping my foot boards on the ground in turns. Actually, it's little metal pieces that stick down, and that are designed to scrape instead of the board itself. However, I've noticed that they're getting kind of thin - the one on the left has been scraped away so that one side is razor sharp. I decided it was time to fix that before they just scraped away entirely.

I took them off, had a look, and figured that I would just get my welder out, lay down a few layers of weld to thicken them up, grind it smooth, and call it good.

Not so. They were so thin with so little metal left, that as soon as I struck an arc on the welder, the paper-thin metal just vaporized.

Plan B. I went to the local Lowe's and bought a 3 foot long piece of welding stock, some cold-rolled steel, that I've heated and bent into an approximation of the shape of the original scrapers. I'll grind off the sharp edges and drill mounting holes on them tomorrow.

I did note that it's not just the foot board scrapers that I've been scraping, however. I've scraped away the paint and a bit of metal on the tube frame supporting the foot boards as well.

I really am not a huge fan of these foot boards - except on long trips, when they're super comfortable. I sure don't love them in the twisties however.



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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby Fritz The Cat » Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:05 pm

Wish I had your problem. I have to ride 300 miles to find twisties good enough to scrape pegs. :cry:

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby biker4christ » Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:46 pm

the wife and i are used to a sportster,scares the piss out of ya the first time,but i have learned to slow down alittle,lol :lol:

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby patton57 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:47 am

That's just bragging!

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:40 am

I scrape stuff just going around a corner in an intersection! Doing it at higher speeds is scary/thrilling, but doing it at low speeds is just annoying/embarrassing.

Maybe I should put little wheels on there instead of scrapers?

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby biker4christ » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:54 am

:lol: ya some wheels would work,,and go ahead and put some of those (trike kit) trainin wheels on too :lol: just kiddin wing :lol:

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby crock4 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:09 pm

I agree totally about the boards. It would be nice to have someone come up with a quick connect/disconnect so you could change them according to the type of riding you are doing. I still scrape mine even riding slow, but that is just not being completely used to the big bike yet still trying to square off the corners. Ha Ha!
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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:30 pm

Here's the new ones I made, installed. The part that actually contacts the road is actually angled a bit from the base where it bolts in place. I eyeballed the originals at around 15 degrees, so that's what I made the new ones, and it turned out perfect. I tried them out this afternoon and they work perfectly. The new ones are made of hard steel (it was a PITA to heat and bend), and are about twice the thickness of the old ones, so hopefully I won't have to do this again too soon!

New scraper installed
New scraper installed


New scraper underside
New scraper underside

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby wally » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:13 pm

The wheels seemed like a good idea, maybe using roller blade wheels, but then again they may make you go in a direction you didn't intend to go! LOL :D :D

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:06 pm

That looks great, nice work.. I removed my floorboards all together, I used to jump out of my skin whenever that sucker would bottom out, so one day I decided what the heck and replace them with the original pegs, now I never scrap on sharp turns, the bike feels like its part of me now, I shift easier and brake easier too you will feel better balanced in my opinion as well but that's just my opinion and what I like..However I too love them on long runs, I will just change them when I take a long trip somewhere..that's my solution..

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby biker4christ » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:58 am

wingadmin,, that looks great,nice work
little beaver, i like pegs better too,esp foward controls, but due to nerve damage in my back i lost some use of my left foot. any pressure on the back of the heel and my foot drops,so the boards keep my foot from slippin off

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Re: Scraping bits on the ground

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:12 pm

I don't have boards but have ground the little peg on the bottom of the stock peg almost off on my '06. I will even drag them at an intersection. It must shock people when they see a Wing over so far.




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