removed heel shifter

Discussion in 'Transmission' started by weldbead, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. weldbead

    weldbead Member

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    i removed my heel shifter because i find it extremely awkward to use and will never use it..in a worst case scenario it could cause a problem if accidentally bumped, so its gone. i moved the toe shifter out i guess 3/4" or so to the outer position which feels better. Is there a spacer made by HD or someone else to fill the void?there is a black spacer i quess 1/4" thick thats been there, and an o -ring inbord of that which i aint sure why its there.
     
  2. Dan.1977P

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    You can go to any hardware store and probably find what you need. I'm pretty sure that o ring is there to help keep the elements out of the transmission so I'd make sure it's in there and snug until you find the spacers you want.
    Though I don't use the heel shifter, it acts as a really nice heel stop when I'm running 80+ down the interstate and takes some of the work out of keeping your foot down for hours at a time.
     
  3. atm33

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    I used the Kuryakyn 1045 spacer. Works fine. There are several others on the market as well. The Kuryakyn runs $24 on Amazon. A bit expensive for a simple spacer, but does the trick. I've read you have to be careful just using a diy spacer but I can't remember why-- maybe just a marketing ploy... Check it out on Amazon and you can read the reviews. Attached is a picture of it installed.
     

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  4. stray dog

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    I really liked the heel shifter but like the extra space on the floor board for my foot to move around more.
    I bought mine used like this. The black spacer is soft like rubber, its kinda worn making it a bit sloppy. I think a black plastic nylon or delrin spacer would work good. If steel I would put a plastic washer between it and the aluminum primary.

    spacer (600x800).jpg
     
  5. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I guess everyone has their own comfort zone but I wouldn't be without my heel toe setup.
     
  6. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I too removed my heel shifter long ago. Never use it, love the space. Kept my shifter to the inside for the added space and cut off a spark plug boot just the right size to slide on the exposed shaft. No money spent, no Kury-thingy.

    I also moved my floorboards forward 1.5" to allow some leg room.
     
  8. weldbead

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    was your first bike a heel shifter?i grew up on a '71 triumph with a toe shifter. now the heel shifter seems like id probly get killing learning to use it..stickin with what works..walters is a neat company..i've been thinkin of modifying my brake pedal to be lower so when im on the floorboard i dont have to raise up to cover, just slide over left..the ones from walters seem to move forward and down but not as far down as i want..i can cut and weld, but might paint it cause i cant chrome..
     
  9. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    First bike was a Cushman Delux, hand shift. All the rest that I owned have been toe shift until I bought my '94 FLSTC. I've been heel shifting ever since. I agree about Walters and if you can cut and weld there has to be a plating company somewhere near you that will rechrome the pedal.
     
  10. weldbead

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    just wanna be sure im doin it right ..to heel shift do you rest yer toe on the floorboard or does yer leg go upnd down?just feels strange ..
    i have already located a few local platers, gonna start a sketch this mornin as we are gettin more raintoday..