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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Crash bar and shifter conflict

I purchased a crash bar and put it on my VN750 this winter. It was 55 deg. today so I took my first ride of the new year. When I did I found out that my shifter hit the crash bar and I could not shift into 2nd gear. I went back to my garage and pivoted the shifter the next notch on the splines on the shifter shaft. After I did this the clearance between the floor board and shifter barely allowed me to get my boot under the shifter. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 09:47 PM
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what crash bar are you using and what brand of floor boards are you running?
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I have experienced this and with the factory crash bars. My fix was to take the shifter off and bend it out just enough to clear the crash bars. Careful not to over stress the shifter if you decide to do my fix. It can break.

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The crash bar was purchased on E-bay and was supposed to be genuine Kawasaki equipment. The floor boards were purchased by a guy named Chad who fabricates them and sells them via one of the Vulcan user sites. I believe it is a design that was developed by a guy who goes by Knifemaker who quit making them.
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Hey there GYMPYRDR! Thanks for the suggestion. I considered this but I wasn't sure how much risk I was taking by bending the shifter.
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Yes we all know of Chads Boards... they are a spin off of Knifemakers Boards. I have heard that other people have had the same problems as you are having, there are a few ways around this problem.. one is to make the crash bar mounting brackets adjustable by making the mounting holes on the top bracket larger. or mount the boards back about 1/4"-1/2" further back (not sure if this one is possible.)
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I have the factory crash bar and have never had a problem.

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I have the factory crash bar and have never had a problem.

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do you have custom boards?
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Rick, I have the OEM bars and the original Knifemaker boards. The boards came with 2 mounting holes and I put them on as directed and never had that problem. When I first bought the bike it took me some getting used to fitting my boot between the brake pedal and the crash bar but the shifter was always ok. Is it possible that you can find a happy medium spot on the spline shaft that will allow you to work the shifter? Be very careful if you go the bending route as that bar can snap real easy. Good luck
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Gemguy - I have tried to find a medium spot on the splines and although they seem to be be fine splines (close together) I have to rotate the shifter further than you would think to get them to line up to get the shifter to go back on the shaft. I may buy a used shifter on E-bay and try bending it that way if it breaks I have my original as a backup. I have also thought of flatening the bottom of the crash bar in that area just a bit to give just a bit more room for the shifter to rise. It doesn't lack much in being able to shift.
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