My Take on Shifter Brace


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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by oldmopars » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:04 pm



Thanks for all the info on this. I was able to use the info here to cut some brackets today on the Water Jet. I have availability of one when I am at work.
I had time to make 3.
I have not installed them, but they fit and seems like it will work.
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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by okie2ee » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:56 am

Number one.........I'm envious of having a Waterjet at your disposal...........the parts look great..........my brother just had his leather riding suspenders waterjetted with the name of his Army unit and one of his lost friends. What center to center hole distance did you end up using?

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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by oldmopars » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:33 am

I happen to work for one of the largest(and Best) water jet manufacturers in the world. I was a field service tech, now I work from home, so I only play directly with them every few months.
I had to go in this last week and I was able to get a few minutes of machine time.
I went with 15mm. It seemed like a good compromise of the 2 that were posted.

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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by okie2ee » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:16 pm

Thanks, I was just wondering if there is much variation between bikes regarding the relationship between the centerline of the output shaft and the centerline of the mounting bolt for the crash bars. Where do we send our CAD dwgs for custom fabrication of parts............. :D ........ :lol: ............... :P

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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by oldmopars » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:28 pm

The town that I live in has several waterjets and I know all of them because I either installed them, moved them or trained them how to use them. I have thought about going back to one of them and asking if they would cut me out several of the brackets at a decent price and them offering them to members here. However I do not want to step on the toes of the man that put many hours and money into the CNC parts that he made.
If there was enough interest and it would not be seen as a bad thing to do, I could see about having 10-20 made. I am thinking I could have them cut out for less than $20 each.

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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:34 am

FWIW last year I got a PM from Pepilepew (GWDocs Member who makes and sells these commercially) asking if I would send pictures of both the unit and the document that came with it. Evidently he has spent some time chasing down "counterfeit" units, but really I don't see how a shifter brace could be considered counterfeit unless it was represented as being HIS product. Otherwise it would just be "competing" product.

Last year I think they were only available thru Cyclemax, but last week somebody posted an e-bay link where the picture looked exactly like his, and seller was listed as Pepilepew. So evidently he has expanded his marketing.

There may be protections on his design, Copyright or maybe even Patent? Might be worth checking into before you proceed...
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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by oldmopars » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:10 am

I in no way want to step on any toes, hurt any feelings or try to sell a competing product. If I were to do anything, it would be simply to sell the bracket I have pictured only. Anyone that bought it would be required to get their own shift extension from E-Bay or where ever and go from there. My thinking is that there are those among us that have a hard time spending $125 and would rather spend $10-20 and make it our-self. I would only be helping by allowing it to be made by someone with nothing more than a drill and hack-saw.

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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by okie2ee » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:54 pm

I've just spent the past several hours going over all the shifter support post "Re: GL1500 shift shaft stabilizer mod. No drilling." from way back in 2013...............that post has been going on for a long time thru the development of the current CNC pivot support from member peppi-le-pew...........very interesting following the progression of posts. After reading all the posts I felt that I needed to pass on the link information below to anyone following this post who don't have the desire nor the tools to fabricate a support for themselves. I personally have welders, plasma torch, gas torch, drill presses, small metal lathe, grinders, and tools that I probably don't even know I have...........so for me, it was a neat project to make my own support using the ideas that I found in this forum. My brother is a machinist and my nephew is a machinist who runs CNC equipment, so I have a feel for what can be done on CNC equipment. If you're not mechanically inclined, then you definitely need to get one of peppi-le-pew's shifter pivots, like I mentioned initially, it is a piece of CNC art and will solve all of your shaft support issues with your 1500. I'm not claiming life time performance for my homemade device...........not sure how good the A&W root beer can shim will fare under repetitive use.......I suspect replacement sometime in the future. I also wanted to pay homage to Cliff for all his hard work for the benefit of the members of this forum.

Here are the links to the ebay page and the CycleMax page for the shifter shaft pivot device.

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500 ... /86/200181

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1988-2000-Gold ... ctupt=true

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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Fri May 17, 2019 4:02 pm

GlimWas wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:59 am
I posted this before on another thread. I've made several pieces of my shifter help according the dimensions in the following drawing. It's easy to do at home with 8mm thick and 20mm wide aluminium, but you can use steel too for smaller dimensions. Aluminium is easier to work with at home imho. Use as you see fit at home!!
Thanks for the information, I have just finished the shifter brace according to the drawing given, and it worked without any problem at the first test ride.

Total cost is $5.
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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by 1goldwingnut » Sat May 18, 2019 4:54 pm

Funny thing is I just put the same one on my 95 Friday also. I had it cut with a CNC router at work. It does a very nice job and only cost pennies.



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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by Wing--Man » Sun May 19, 2019 12:21 am

I would be interested in a shifter brace but around $125.00 is rather steep.
$40ish be more like it, I would get one.
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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by 89 1500 » Sun May 19, 2019 11:39 am

The 92 I traded for had one and a seal in the trunk. I wouldn't have paid $125 for one. Half of the asking price I would be fine with just to not have to mess with fabbing one. Still imho a must have on a 1500.

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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by GlimWas » Mon May 20, 2019 2:56 am

You're welcome Erdeniz, have fun with it!!
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Re: My Take on Shifter Brace

Post by oldmopars » Mon May 20, 2019 11:26 am

If you look at the picture I posted above you will see that I had 3 cut out. viewtopic.php?p=300342#p282579
I have the file and the 2 left over. If anyone wants one, let me know and I can make them available. I also know a guy locally that can cut some more out for me for a fee if there is any interest in them.
It would require you to buy a shift lever and cut/drill it yourself, I would only be offering the cut bracket.
If I do this, it will be very limited and would require you to get everything else, but you would only need hand tools to do the rest. I installed mine using a hack saw and a cordless drill. If these 2 tools are unfamiliar to you, please take your bike to a mechanic.
Here is the completed install. I rode again yesterday with it installed and it feels great.
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=51211



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