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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-21-2009, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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Custom "factory style" floorboards

I wanted some floorboards that had the factory made look instead of the homemade or adapted look. "DISCLAIMER" I am in no way trying to put down the KM style floorboard or Kanuck's vn1500 adaptation!!!!! I merely wanted something that looked factory but was created by my own hands.

I also wanted the feel that your feet were on gel or air, just for that extra comfort factor. I figured if I was going to make them custom I would pull no punches. I figured since HD has major vibration I would see what they had to offer. The search was short lived since ALL their boards are vibration dampening. I chose a set of FL rear replacement pads and based my design on that. The pads are air cushioned but need modification for my needs.

I modified the pads and made a template out of 1/4" poplar, when I mounted the template there was no deflection. Instead of using the 3/8" 7075 T6 I bought I opted for the 1/4" 7075 T6, both are "aircraft grade" and have a tensil strenght of 58,000 psi and a shear strength of 48,000 psi. I felt wasting money was just that, "wasting money".

Below are pics of the start and NOT the finished product, I will post pics after polishing and installation. Intead of bolts going through the pad I threaded the plate and I will thread and epoxy a flush mount bolt, then glue the pad on top with contact cement.
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85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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This is timely for me since I recently got some 3/8" and 1/4" aluminum to make floorboards. Haven't decided which to use. Question: It appears your stock pads have an uneven bottom surface. Did you shave the pad or cut out the boards to accommodate the raised surfaces? As, I think, OlHoss mentioned, I plan to add heel guards to keep my boots off the pipes.

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Those are going to be a good looking addition to the bike. I will be watching for more. If I understand you correctly , you just bought the rubber pad, not the whole floorboard.

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This is timely for me since I recently got some 3/8" and 1/4" aluminum to make floorboards. Haven't decided which to use. Question: It appears your stock pads have an uneven bottom surface. Did you shave the pad or cut out the boards to accommodate the raised surfaces? As, I think, OlHoss mentioned, I plan to add heel guards to keep my boots off the pipes.
I shaved the pad smooth and cut the board 1/4" larger than the pad.


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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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Those are going to be a good looking addition to the bike. I will be watching for more. If I understand you correctly , you just bought the rubber pad, not the whole floorboard.
Just the pad!!


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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Floorboards are polished and will be installed tonight!! I figured if I polished enough I could store information on them or at the very least be good enough for the Hubble . LOL Next little project will be saddle bag brackets and turn mount signal cover plates.
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85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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What's the benefit of riding with floorboards? I've never done it, I only have the stock pegs. I heard (somewhere here) that they make a world of difference and that once you have them you'll never go back. I just started doing some of my own mods and whoever said it was addictive has a penchant for understatement!
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The floorboards, no matter what style or kind you use, make riding like standing on the ground! Your feet are flat, not rocking on a peg, and I find they give you more stability and if nothing else confidence! Lance, fantastic job! These look great! BZ! (for you land lovers, that's Navy talk for Bravo Zulu or Job Well Done!)

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Floorboards are polished and will be installed tonight!! I figured if I polished enough I could store information on them or at the very least be good enough for the Hubble . LOL Next little project will be saddle bag brackets and turn mount signal cover plates.
WOW! I echo Cliff's kudos -- Bravo Zulu x 2!!

Send these to NASA for their next Hubble repair mission!

Will you be selling these?
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Nice Lance,

Now we need to band together and get you a decent camera. Or we can just have FLrider follow you about with a video camera for a bit.

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