Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter


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Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

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I saw this on the CycleMax web site and was wondering if anyone else on the forum has installed the kit on their Wing? GL1500 LowBoy Floorboard Kit https://cyclemax.com/products/gl1500-lo ... rboard-kit. The price seems reasonable and I've been wanting to convert to a heel toe shifter for a while.

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Re: Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

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DragonRdr wrote: Tue May 23, 2023 7:56 pm I saw this on the CycleMax web site and was wondering if anyone else on the forum has installed the kit on their Wing? GL1500 LowBoy Floorboard Kit https://cyclemax.com/products/gl1500-lo ... rboard-kit. The price seems reasonable and I've been wanting to convert to a heel toe shifter for a while.

Thanks

Larry
Really good way to end up with bent shift forks in your transmission. I ripped off the floorboards and heel/toe shifter on my GL1500 when I got it and replaced them with stock footpegs and shifter for exactly that reason.
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Re: Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

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I hated the floorboards I had on mine when I got it.
Same as above, took them off and put on the OEM stuff and liked it much better.

I always felt I was having to dance my feet around when riding and was getting cramps in my left hip from how it placed my leg at an odd angle when shifting, plus I was always missing shifts with the heel toe, and the floorboards were in the way of me putting my feet down. Using the rear brake was unnatural due to having to lift your foot to use it.

My bike ended up with the dreaded 4th gear shift fork issue.
Was it because of floor boards, I can't prove it was, but the bike had the heel-toe shifter and floorboards for 70,000 miles before I got it, and do think it played a role in it.
For the thousand or so miles I had it on the bike I found I would unconsciously rest my foot on the heel shifter while riding around, and know that can stress the shift forks.

I sold them to a member here, and as far as I know, he is still using them.
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Re: Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

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Thanks for the responses, I'm glad I asked the question. I guess there is some logic to stick with the stock shifter and foot pegs. I definitely don't want any problems with my shift fork since that's way above my mechanical abilities. Thanks again! :D
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regardless of what you do, you should get a shift shaft pivot (E-bay link to original)

This was designed and made by a member here (peppilepew). There are a lot of knock offs on e-bay, and due to that, he is not making more, so buy one while you can get it.
The knock offs are not built to the same quality as the original, and several that bought them could never get them to operate without binding.
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Re: Floorboards and Heel Toe Shifter

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blupupher wrote: Wed May 24, 2023 10:57 am regardless of what you do, you should get a shift shaft pivot (E-bay link to original)

This was designed and made by a member here (peppilepew). There are a lot of knock offs on e-bay, and due to that, he is not making more, so buy one while you can get it.
The knock offs are not built to the same quality as the original, and several that bought them could never get them to operate without binding.
Thanks for the info, I had the shift shaft pivot installed a few years ago at my local dealer. Works great! Not sure if it's the same peppilepew makes but it works. Thanks again! :)


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