After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter


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After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby dan hefta » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:48 am



Hi All,

I am thinking about getting rid of the pegs and going with floorboards, this will mean I need to go to a heal toe shifter too. Do any of you have a brand/style that you prefer? Perhaps a link?
I am interested in passenger boards too. Thanks!



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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:40 pm

My bike came with them already installed . "Marland" is the brand. It took me a while to get used to them, but now I really like them. In fact it seems strange to get back on the other bike that has OEM pegs.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby binder49 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:05 pm

I agree with scotterichmond. Mine has Marklands on it too. Does take some getting used to. But I do like them. You can find them on Ebay

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby bbells » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:31 pm

I like my floorboards, but I needed to attach a spacer and a bigger pedal so it was quicker and easier to brake.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:09 am

Be careful using them lots of people ruin their transmission using a heel/toe shifter..but if you must there are two types one that actually attaches to the shifter spindle and the other that just fits over the shifter arm. The first one is better.
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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby dan hefta » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:56 am

Thanks for the replys! After giving it some more thought and checking my options, I will stick with the toe shifter. I do however want to get passenger floorboards for my wife and perhaps some nicer highway pegs.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby bbells » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:22 pm

Oh just an fyi: From my 50 years of motorcycle experience I discovered that the only time the heal toe shifter negatively affects the transmission is if there is no play between the stock shift lever and the part of the heel/toe that fits around it. Just like if you drive a car with your hand on the shift lever, no play causes wear that you wouldn't normally have.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby Britanicus » Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:59 am

I have a marland on my old 82, I like the feel of the floorboards but don't like the heel-toe, The space between the heel and the toe is too small, I find I either have to lift my leg way up to gear down or just pull it up with the heel of my boot. Pulling it up sometimes causes it to slip between gears and often has the negative side effect of pulling my heel out of my shoe. I also find that I am searching for the brake and then I have to press it below the deck of the right floor board. I am considering going back to pegs and keeping the floor boards on the back, looking for new engine guards and putting on some nice highway board style pegs.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby dan hefta » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:40 am

I bit the bullet and ordered these http://www.saber-cycle.com/store/product732.html Hopefully they will fit and I will like them... I just went on a 400 mile one day ride and floorboards would have been nice! I think that motivated my decision a bit!

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby scotterichmond » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:30 am

they look like they will be very nice, just be sure there is "some" play at the OEM shifter connection.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby dan hefta » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:33 am

scotterichmond wrote:they look like they will be very nice, just be sure there is "some" play at the OEM shifter connection.

Thanks, will do!

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby dan hefta » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:22 am

I installed the floorboards and heel toe shifter last night... The kit is very nice, however the directions and some of the fasteners were missing and or low grade steel... So I ran to the hardware store and bought some grade 5 bolts to replace the crappy ones. The fit was great and the install is simple so the directions are pretty much worthless anyways... It will take a while to ge used to the heel toe shifter but I sure do love the comfort and feel of the floorboards... I would highly recommend getting this mod for your Wing.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby bbells » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:08 am

Just an fyi: If you find that the floorboards are too close, try getting an airhawk seat pad. It not only helps your butt, the extra 1/2" helps with floorboards if you have long legs.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:31 pm

dan hefta wrote:I installed the floorboards and heel toe shifter last night... The kit is very nice, however the directions and some of the fasteners were missing and or low grade steel... So I ran to the hardware store and bought some grade 5 bolts to replace the crappy ones. The fit was great and the install is simple so the directions are pretty much worthless anyways... It will take a while to ge used to the heel toe shifter but I sure do love the comfort and feel of the floorboards... I would highly recommend getting this mod for your Wing.


I do that as a matter of course (replace supplied fasteners with higher quality grade 5 or 8) whenever I decide that the failure of that fastener could cause a safety issue - and with floorboards, they most certainly could. It's a good idea.

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Re: After Market Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

Postby dan hefta » Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:14 pm

Another quick update... I installed passenger floorboards too (for my wife) and she loves them... After riding about 1000 miles with the floorboards and the heel toe shifter (heel heel shifter for me) I am still very happy that I installed this mod. :D




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