After reading up on various ways to deal with sore leg syndrome I made the decision to buy a set of Dave's peg lowering brackets and I must say it was money well spent. The price is reasonable, the kit was of excellent quality and easy enough for a lay person (lay person being code for a complete nuffer when it comes to installation of anything mechanical...) to install.
Here is how it went....
4 days after jumping on Dave’s site and $60(ish) later the kit arrives in a small box wrapped in light packing foam. All the parts were present and in excellent condition, I was particularly impressed with the milling standards of the aluminium brackets. Installation instructions were not provided but there is a post on his site (and linked to from here I believe) that provides excellent details on how to get it done.
Started things off with reading and re-reading the instructions, good thing too as I noticed that you need to re-use the existing split pins from the original pegs. I most probably would have killed them trying to get them off otherwise.
Starting on the left side and on the center stand I measured the distance from the middle of the peg to the ground (used later to determine how much to lower the gear shifter and brake pedal).
The original peg was removed (taking care not to completely destroy the split pins), the peg spring was found behind me somehow...... and all contact areas cleaned.
Next was the part I usually bypass in doing anything like this, pre-fitting everything and making sure all the bits fit nicely together. Also making sure to check I haven’t lost another spring in unexpected and wonderful ways (anyone else have the same problem with golf balls while playing golf?), anyway I digress.
This time I did not bypass the pre-fit stage in my excitement, no problems.
After unmounting the bracket after the pre-fit I was ready to mount up the assembly properly, which left only the task to wind out the peg spring (rotate the spring ends apart from each other) to fit the new mount points. This as it turned out was a massive pain in the bum. I don’t know about anyone else but either I have no idea about how to wind out a spring or it really is simply a dog of a process. Now I think about it is a bit of both compounded by the fact I didn’t have any tools that would help me with this task. 2 large pliers and a screwdriver are not recommended, a vice and a pair of needle nosed pliers would have been better.
Once the spring torture was complete I mounted up the shiny new lowering bracket to where the original peg used to be and fastened it in place (spring and all) with the original washer and split pin. Lastly mounted the peg on to the bracket and fasted with the aluminium pins provided in the kit.
After checking everything was in place and happy I jumped on for a test feel of the peg. Wow, the difference was apparent and felt pretty good.
Final thing to do for the left side was to adjust the gear shift leaver. This was done by taking the new distance from the midpoint of the peg and ground and subtracting it from the original figure. The result is the total amount the peg bracket kit lowered the peg, which was 2cm (+- a few mm)
So all that was to do was undo the gear leaver locknut and rotate the gear leaver down 2cm, tighten the nut and viola!
The same process (spring patience test as well) was followed for the right hand side with the only difference being the adjustment of the foot brake lever.
This step was the most painful part of the whole process (evil spring gods and all). Looking at the footbrake adjustment rig it was obvious that the pedal would not support the 2cm adjustment that is required. Following the instructions, I ended up removing the locknut assembly and grinding off a small portion of the threaded adjustment cable, leaving just enough clearance to allow for the pedal adjustment. I really don’t like cutting\grinding things that really shouldn’t be cut or ground but it wasn’t too hard and I managed to get a pretty accurate result with the dremel.
Success! All done and in about an hour and a half (most of which was taken wrestling with said evil spring entities). Triple checked everything was installed correctly and took the bird out the back of Grantville (up in the hills near Phillip Island for the melbournites here) for a nice long ride. I immediately noticed that it took slightly more input to get the old girl over into a corner but the new peg height was heaven on the legs. Normally I would be getting very sore legs after about an hour in the twisties or 40-60 mins on the highway but this time after an hour I had only a small twinge.
Three things I did notice after the test ride and I will try to do something about are:
- The heel of my boots manages to touch the exhaust pipes if I’m feeling lazy with my feet flat on the pegs (not in the normal riding position). I could place some kind of heat shield on the small section of pipe the boots hit or just not be lazy.
- I neglected to do anything about the hero blobs under the pegs which are now 2cm closer to the deck. I did manage to grind them on the tarmac a little earlier than I was used to, either I will remove them or grind them down a bit. Either way not a big problem just remember the feet are closer to the deck now.
- The side stand hits the bottom of the left hand peg when retracted. It is enough to push the peg up by 5mm, not a huge problem but with the foot on the pegs the stand is 5mm closer to the deck than it should be. Something to keep in mind while flogging around left hand corners, come to think of it pegs will scrape before the stand does.
Last thoughts -
The kit is well made but I wouldn’t have minded paying a little extra for 2 more split pins (so you don’t have to reuse the original), premade peg springs and a print out of the instructions. Not a huge problem but would have saved some hassle, a few bandaids and lots of swearing: D
Price is good, shipping costs weren’t too high, delivery time was excellent and communication was top notch.
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