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toe-toe up/down shifter + new member

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    toe-toe up/down shifter + new member

    Hi. First post. Nice to meet ya all! I'm looking for something that I could use just my toes for shifting, without having to move my foot out to the left each time, keeping it in the same position. Here is a picture sort of showing what I mean: (perhaps it needs to be a special weld job?) thanks for info on this.




    Here is my bike in its current configuration. 12xxx miles on it; have had it for about 5 years. It is a grean 2004. couple pics below.








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    Nice looking bike!

    I think you'll find a limited amount of leverage at that attachment point which will make it difficult to shift. You could always install a set of boards and a Nomad heel/toe setup where the shifter is at a lower position and youre never under it.
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    You can remove the shifter and realign it. It has notches so you can rotate it to your fit.


    Or did you mean you wanted to add something to the shifter?
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    The first picture has a rendering of what he wants to weld onto the existing shifter
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    If leverage is the issue you could weld from the end of the shifter arm and have the down peg 90 degrees from the shifter arm and get full value of the arm's leverage. I would make sure and leave enough from to be able to fidget your foot without changing gears by accident though...
    I have to admit that the idea appeals to me more than the heel toe.
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    i think if your going to do it u should do it the way cbratch said, if u mount the second arm too far back u will find yourself having to push down very hard to get it to downshift. This is a great idea let us know how it works if u do it

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    wow. I never knew I could "adjust" it. sounds like it just comes off the spline and goes back on? any gaskets involved? Nothing will pour out will it it?

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    Has this ever been done? Any pictures in these forums of such a thing? I'm reading lots here... lots more than the kawasaki forum I signed up for 5 years ago. Lots more posts over here.

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    Nope. Unscrew/loosen the bolt at the bottom if the lever, wiggle the lever off and put it back on at a more preferable angle and retighten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brmeanstreak View Post
    Has this ever been done? Any pictures in these forums of such a thing? I'm reading lots here... lots more than the kawasaki forum I signed up for 5 years ago. Lots more posts over here.
    You'll need to take the peg bracket off..(couple bolts) then one bolt on the shift lever and slide off the spline shaft..(hint..use a punch to mark the original position on the shaft so you can go back)

    If I were you, I would cruise EBAY for a used shift lever and experiment on that.
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    Is there an actual model number on a shift lever I need to look out for? This sounds like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brmeanstreak View Post
    Is there an actual model number on a shift lever I need to look out for? This sounds like a good idea.
    Not sure of the actual number, but here is one. $40 seems kinda steep to me though.

    Kawasaki Mean Streak VN 1600 Shifter Shift Pedal Lever | eBay

    Cheaper one

    KAWASAKI VN1600 VN 1600 VULCAN MEAN STREAK SHIFTER 2004 | eBay
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    At least I know what I'm looking for now though... thanks!

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    You could also look for the shift lever off of the Marauder 1600 or the M95

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