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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Chad's Floorboards - Tilted on my '03?

I bought and installed Chad's floorboards, but it wasn't until I went on a ride to feel the difference that I noticed they're not flat like I would have expected them to be. (see attached pics) I can't actually rest my feet flat on them as I had hoped and as they are they're really no better than the stock pegs - which I never noticed to be tilted at all.

Cliffusn tells me his set of boards sit flat. Perhaps there is a difference between his 93 and my 03 specific to the stock peg mounts??

I prefer to keep them... to give them a chance, so since there appears to be no way to adjust the angle on the stock foot peg mount I wonder if there's another way to tip these little fellas up without my having to use AutoCAD or have metal fabricating skills, welding or special equipment. MacGyver I'm not... not even close. I'm turning to you for creativity.

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I can't offer any help....though that angle doesn't look unusual from any other pics I've seen. (Do you have unusually long legs?)

That the first pic looks like shifting would be a real PITA, and regarding those floorboards I've never seen a post here from riders mentioning either issue.

Did you take a look thru the gallery to see if any others look similar?
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Now that I see the pictures I see exactly what you mean. Mine are flat but not level as you want, they have the same pitch as yours. That being said, I find that to be a natural angle and my feet feel great on the boards as they are. I don't think I'd want them flat, that would put your ankle at an odd angle when you ride. I'd ride with them on first and see what you think, as for me, I love the boards as they are. (Thanks for the pictures, they make the difference in the discussion.)

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I can't offer any help....though that angle doesn't look unusual from any other pics I've seen. (Do you have unusually long legs?)

That the first pic looks like shifting would be a real PITA, and regarding those floorboards I've never seen a post here from riders mentioning either issue.
When awake I'm 6'1" with 34" inseam, more or less. The balls of my feet rest on the boards, so I think this design and positioning is better for those with shorter legs.

Shifting is a PITA if I move the shifter up even one tooth on the sprocket. Makes it too high. I wish it had a finer adjustment - half a tooth would do it. I remember I posted something about that adjustment some months ago... pretty much got used to it as it is.

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I used to have floorboards made by KM. I think Chad's are based on the same design. My experience is that they felt flat, nicely flat on my 2006 VN. (I'm just under 5' 9"; inseam @ 30-31".)

Unfortunately, I recently snapped off a peg while falling over in a parking lot; so I replaced both sides with Kuryakan stirrups. I do like them, especially since I readjusted the angle, but I'm still getting used to the different feel... the floorboards were so nicely... flat.

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I used to have floorboards made by KM. I think Chad's are based on the same design. My experience is that they felt flat, nicely flat on my 2006 VN. (I'm just under 5' 9"; inseam @ 30-31".)

Unfortunately, I recently snapped off a peg while falling over in a parking lot; so I replaced both sides with Kuryakan stirrups. I do like them, especially since I readjusted the angle, but I'm still getting used to the different feel... the floorboards were so nicely... flat.
any pics of the kury peggs ?????????????????????

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IMO, a flatter (level) floorboard would be nice if your feet where more straight down from the seat, but uncomfortable if flat (level) out in front of you.
Well, 'You' meaning.... those of us who are more vertically challenged (shorter), so I could see how it might take some getting used to, as is, for taller riders.


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mine is a 2003 also and i got my boards from KM and they feel great. i am a bit shorter than you but riding with the boards for me is so much more comfortable. when i get on the highway i flip out my highway pegs (from J.C. Whitney) and stretch out. maybe you should look into highway pegs. if the bike wasn't too small for you with the original pegs i can't imagine a problem with the boards.

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That is how all of them are, even teh factory boards are tilted Factory Kawasaki boards, but the last set I saw over a year ago on Ebay went for over $300.
They had extra brackets that bolted to the fraim, Diania has them on her bike, I had a set but sold them when I sold my 750.
Here is a picture of my old bike with factory boards on.

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What about adding SS washers to the bolts under the boards? Looks like that would get them closer to level. Might need longer bolts though.

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