rear brake pedal position..


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rear brake pedal position..

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:44 am



I just replaced the driver boards( note I have them MarKland Low Boys for sale in the for sale forum) and put on the stock shifter and rear brake pedal. But the brake pedal seems way too low and too far inboard. Will someone take a picture of the rear brake pedal on their 1500 from the top so I can see how close the stock pedal should be to the exhaust covers and from the side to see how far below or even with the driver's peg the pedal's pad is supposed to be.

Thanks!!


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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:08 pm

RBGERSON wrote:I just replaced the driver boards( note I have them MarKland Low Boys for sale in the for sale forum) and put on the stock shifter and rear brake pedal. But the brake pedal seems way too low and too far inboard. Will someone take a picture of the rear brake pedal on their 1500 from the top so I can see how close the stock pedal should be to the exhaust covers and from the side to see how far below or even with the driver's peg the pedal's pad is supposed to be.

Thanks!!


I don't have an image with me of the brake pedal in terms of lateral clearance, but I can tell you that the pedal should be about level with the footpeg:

GL1500 Brake Pedal Height
GL1500 Brake Pedal Height


If it's not right, you can adjust it:

GL1500 adjusting brake pedal
GL1500 adjusting brake pedal

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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:52 pm

Thanks that does help..ps the instructions for adjusting is on page 3-37..I found that after your post..I wish the manual had a better index..more detailed/complete ..like rear brake pedal adjustment...

Although I am learning to start in the general maintenance chapter..rather than the chapters devoted to individual systems. Like this adjustment no mention of it in the chapter on brakes only in the maintenance section..
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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:00 pm

NO FREAKIN' WAY I can see the adjuster mechanism but even if I could get a wrench on it, the lock nut, there is no room to move the wrench. w/o removing a lot more stuff like the headers from the mufflers and drop the whole unit. Then getting at the adjuster nut is a whole other story..am I missing something????

The picture above has it correct..between the frame and header guard there is no room and the adjuster nut is behind another heat shield of some sort that is connected somewhere below and behind the header pipe...
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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby spiralout » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:29 pm

You should be able to get a wrench on it with the heat shields removed. If you think this is a pain, just wait til you have to pull the rear master :shock: :shock:

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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:48 pm

Well.., I was able to bend the inner heat shield out of the way..cut a corner off to make it easier to move it in and out. I did get a 12mm wrench on the locknut but it wouldn't budge..started to round the nut so I stopped. I sprayed some WD40 on the locknut hoping it will loosen it a bit. WHAT A PITA!!!!! This is why I was thinking about going back to an 1100..much easier to work on. but the deal I got on this bike was too good to pass up..now I am wondering????

thinking MAYBE I should just heat and bend the brake lever so it in the right position ..it is way low ,a good 1"-1/2


PS If I ever get the locknut loose anyone know which way to turn the adjuster to get the pedal up??
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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby spiralout » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:52 pm

RBGERSON wrote:

PS If I ever get the locknut loose anyone know which way to turn the adjuster to get the pedal up??

I'm not positive but from the pics it looks like turning the top of the nut towards you (counter clockwise when facing the bike from the front) would raise the pedal.
Did you make sure the punch mark on the shaft is lined up with the split in the pedal lever?

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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:30 pm

Yep..it really can only go on one way..maybe a tooth left or right but I put it on so it was as high as it could given the limitations of the punch mark.
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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:14 pm

RBGERSON wrote:thinking MAYBE I should just heat and bend the brake lever so it in the right position ..it is way low ,a good 1"-1/2
PS If I ever get the locknut loose anyone know which way to turn the adjuster to get the pedal up??


If it is really THAT low, are you SURE it is splined right on the pivot ?
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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby Dusty Boots » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:13 pm

There should be a small punch mark on the brake pedal that lines up with a small punch mark on the brake pedal shaft.
(much like the shifter arm/shaft)

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Re: rear brake pedal position..

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:53 am

OK..my bad I installed the lever on wrong way only :oops: :oops: one tooth off the punch mark but what a difference..so all good now ..Thanks.

Of course now the pedal is stripped and I will have to re tap it but that shouldn't be too hard..famous last words...


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