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    Peg lowering kit installed

    Hi Guys,


    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 Daveís 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 havenít 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 donít 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 didnít 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 donít like cutting\grinding things that really shouldnít be cut or ground but it wasnít 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 Iím 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 wouldnít have minded paying a little extra for 2 more split pins (so you donít 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 werenít too high, delivery time was excellent and communication was top notch.

    Highly recommended.

    Next up:
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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    pics?

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    no pics, I can grab some but it will only be of the finished product.

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    Glad you liked them!

    There are lots of pics floating around this site of before and after.
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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    To stop the side stand hitting the peg put one or two cable ties around the top of the stand. Works perfectly. You don't get that reassurring metal on metal sound when putting the stand up but that's the only downside.

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    Important!
    You are not quite done with the installation, just yet!
    One more thing that needs to be adjusted is the brake light switch. Otherwise, you may find that your brake lights are always on!
    There is a spring wire activated light switch that hooks on to the brake lever.
    You may have to loosen the adjustment nuts and screw the plastic switch body downward into the bracket a bit. This is to delay activation of the switch till you press the brake lever downward and initiate taillight activation from it's new lowered position.
    Al
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    Then again, Momma never rode a motorcycle, either!

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    Thanks for the replies guys -

    Dave - Thanks for the bracket, its well made and all pretty easy. I could have done with premade springs and extra pins though

    ScottyUK - Great suggestion, works like a charm.

    Nutter67 - Im 6'3" myself and that ill put it down to just that extra inch. Legs were a mess after even a modest ride. All good now though.
    I took the Grantville to Wonthaggi track, must say its a fine road with twisties, high speed turns and open throttle sections I dont mind the Lang Lang to Drouin run either, nice flowing high speed all the way. My other favorite ride is Pakenham -> Gembrook -> Emerald -> Beaconsfield (via the back of Cardina catchment) -> Pakeham. Plenty of fun bits

    Toynut - Brake lights were not on all the time, but I can see what you were talking about. Ive adjusted it down a bit, all looks good. I might suggest this is added to the install instructions Dave/Mod?

    Thanks again guys

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrelever View Post
    ScottyUK - Great suggestion, works like a charm.
    Credit to Jaws as he told me that one

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    You gotta love this site.

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    Thanks for that Tyrelever,
    My feet scrape the ground already,
    So I wont be doing that mod,
    I was wondering how far the pegs were down with the kit, Now I know,

    I like the roads around Poowong, Rancby, Gembrook to Launching place,
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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    I just installed mine, it's just another attempt to make the bike that little more comfy and to compliment the bar risers..........I was a little unsure they'd make a discernable difference but they seem to. Yet to ride out on her but i'm optomistic! I had to gently file a bit here and there, it was a 15 minute job and for someone with little finesse with tools generally that was a suprise.

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    I love mine and I'm 5.10" with a 29 inch inseam.

    I've refueled TWICE and forgot to get off the bike and walk around awhile. Goes great with the holy trinity, Heli Bars, Corbn saddle, and ThrottleMeister.

    Add a Bluetooth Helmet and you are "Cruisin' Down the Highway" with Sirius or Pandora. Push a button to take a call. She on fire and needs my hose to put her out. I'll be right over!

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    Thank you fellow riders. This site and the members are really helpful, and it's a great brotherhood as one member put it.
    Also it's a gas getting info from Australia and Canada.
    J

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

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    Re: Peg lowering kit installed

    An interesting noe Elvetost. I'm not sure of the relavance, here. From Greece! how cool. I bought a pair of lowering pegs made in Germany from Wild Hair Accessories here in Glendale, AZ. More expensive than Dave's Pegs, and more mechanically sophisticated. We'll see how the work.


 

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