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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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I put together a set of floorboards based on the Knifemaker design. I did it just to see how I liked them and I am pleasantly surprised with the comfort of the position to start, but they seem to transmit a noticeable increase in vibration to my feet. The vibration seems to fatigue my knees sooner than the stock pegs do...anyone else notice this? I still need to put more miles on them to decide if they are keepers.
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If it makes you feel any better, the factory floorboards seem to buzz a bit more than the stock foot pegs too. Especially the right side, I think it's bolted directly to the motor not to the frame.

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In your thumbnail pic, between the highway peg and the air cleaner is something that I can't indentify. Something black and there's a thing beside that with a top on it.
What are those?
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In your thumbnail pic, between the highway peg and the air cleaner is something that I can't indentify. Something black and there's a thing beside that with a top on it.
What are those?
it looks like a horn.
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looks like an airhorn to me....
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I built some of those years ago and installed them on my 750. Didn't notice any vibration at all for over 20K miles. I can't tell by your pics whether you have a rubber pad on top of them or if that is all metal. Mine had a rubber pad glued to the top of each floorboard, which might have made a tiny difference in vibes felt???

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In your thumbnail pic, between the highway peg and the air cleaner is something that I can't indentify. Something black and there's a thing beside that with a top on it.
What are those?
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looks like an airhorn to me....
Yes either a Stebel Nautilus Compact airhorn , or the identical Wolo Bad Boy.
http://www.bikerhiway.com/stebel-nau...ccbc56936823be

This is not neccesarily the best price available for this horn, just the first picture I found.

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Some bikes are a bit more buzzy than others, but there is some vibration at certain engine speeds in all Vulcans. You can use thicker rubber on the floorboard , wear thicker soled boots, or even add air soles to the boots to help dampen the vibs.

After many miles, the holes on the stock pegs kinda widen out more, making the pegs more shakey than newer ones. You could try shimming the pins to make the pegs feel "tighter"...this might help...or then it might even make it worse....

Also, some folks seem to be bothered more by vibration than others.
I used 1/4 thick rubber mat on my floorboards and usually wore heavy lugged boots, and really never had an issue with foot vibration even on long trips. My bike , it seemed pretty smooth, but I have been on other Vulcans that seemed to vibrate a bit more.....

Do you notice it more on the left peg than the right?


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could you aqdd some rubber washers to make it a bit less buzzy?
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