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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-13-2009, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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FloorBoard 'blueprint"

Does anyone can provide the floorboard blueprint?
I got a long weekend ahead of me so i thought i could give it a try

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Try KnifeMaker he's the one who started initially. Seems someone else is doing it now. Before you go too far please check

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Does anyone can provide the floorboard blueprint?
I got a long weekend ahead of me so i thought i could give it a try

Thanks!!!
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thanks Dude!!!

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I should mention that it is also here in our gallery under "modifications" search -Floorboard or "knifemaker" :
https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...=500&ppuser=71


I should also mention that I ended up using 3/8" aircraft aluminum alloy , as 5/16" was just to hard to find. (The copy on file here reflects that change)

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Nice. Thanks for sharing your genius with us KM. It means a lot when the newbs, like me, come through and have questions.

But what about Stainless Steel? I have a guy that will fabricate those for me for $35 including the SS!!! Said he has bigger than 16ga. just lying around in scrap! I could ask him about Aluminium, though.

And what works best for padding? Lowes has anti-fatigue pad at $3 per linear 3 feet. Doesn't seem too durable. I was thinking to have it with some other thinner pad on top they sell for $2.50 per linear 3 feet.

With the counter sunk holes... what screws/bolts work best? And don't forget that Fergy has a good pic of these on his old VN 750. He made them after KM's model.

Great post!

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Think I got this idea from lance. Bought a set of lightly used, anti vibration, chrome floorboards from ebay for less than $20 with shipping. All I did was bolt them to the pegs and shimed them with washers to the angle that was most comfortable for me.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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MY first set of floorboards were made from cast iron, so there is no reason other materials can not be used.

I ended up using 3/8" aluminum for two basic reasons...strength, and looks.
Stainless steel sheetmetal would work fine, if it was about 1/4 inch (or more) thick. Even 12 guage stainless can bend if you stand up on the boards and hit a bump.

Aluminum polishes easy, is easy to cut compared to steel. You also do not want something thin like sheet metal sticking out the sides of the bike. If it falls on you it can easily cut your foot off.....

I used some pieces cut from a welcome mat for the first floorboards. Any rubber like material that has a non slip surface can work. Even an old mouse pad.

Flat head stainless steel bolts were used with nylock nuts. I used 1/4 inch bolts, which required drilling the stock holes out .032 of an inch. (they were metric of course)

If you plan on using stainless steel sheeting, have the guy layer it ..like using 3 layeers of 14 guage and welding the edges.

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I seem to remember seeing a set of KM style floorboards here that were made from plywood or a hardwood board. Seeing as wood is a more easily worked material than metal for many of us, it seems a good way to make a pattern to test fit. IIRC the guy wanted to test the footboards for fit and comfort while riding, before spending time and money on aluminum and stainless steel.

KM, I have wondered ever since first seeing your design, why you went with the more angular shape, instead of the "classic" more curved, partially "oval" shape usually seen on H-D cruisers?
I am thinking it has someting to do with function more than form. Do they need to be that shape to avoid hitting the bike frame/body when the pegs fold up and back from dragging them in a sharp lean?

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