Gl1500 shifter options?


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Dodson124
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Gl1500 shifter options?

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I love my foot boards...

I hate the factory shifter... Is there any other sisters from any other bikes that fit? How hard is it to heat up and bend a shifter?? Id love to find a shifter setup that comes up at a 45° angle to the floor board...

Any ideas?? Maybe a Harley shifter?

Will a gl1800 shifter fit??
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Re: Gl1500 shifter options?

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Depends on how handy you are with fabricating metals, mostly steel. You could always design something yourself and then make it. Would be a project to keep you busy during the off season if you have one in your part of the world. I have a similar set up to yours on my 99 GL1500. A 1800 heel/toe is a whole different animal as mounting is completely different. I am one of the few(?) that actually likes heel/toe shifters I guess. I had a 1800 for a while and installed one on that. If I could have mounted it on the 1500 with simple modification it would have been done. There is quite a bit of adjustment in the shifting rod and also the position of the shifting arm on the shift shaft. Sometimes you just have to experiment to find what is comfortable or works best for you. I fiddled with mine for sometime on the 1500 and am sort of satisfied, but not completely happy yet. Best thing so far is a "shifter shaft brace"!! Unreal as to the change in how the bike shifts after installing one. Good luck and keep it between the ditches!!
Dodson124
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I added the shifter brace the day after i bought my bike haha

Im fairly handy, and have an idea for the shiftsr. Just not sure if its "that easy" to modify something else haha what is the size of the shifter splines??? I have no idea how to look that up lol
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Re: Gl1500 shifter options?

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For one that isn't the factory shifter, as these came with foot pegs and a normal toe shifter.
Only you can answer what your skills are as to making or modifying your shifter.
Because of the strange shifter extension that the 1500 uses I doubt it will interchange with any other bike. However, you can probably make use of various bits and bobs to make your own. Spline shafts are typically measured from the OD and number and form of the splines. I'm more familiar with imperial so metric might have some DIN standards for that. Machinery's Handbook has a good section on splines.


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