I think he is talking about bending it sideways so the shifter goes up along side the crash bar. Hoss you could use a press if you know anybody that has one
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I went back and read the OP and I think you're right bama. I think there's three options. Bend it out past the guard, fabricate a heel/toe shift lever or make a bracket that drops the peg and rotate the shifter down.
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I always thought the guard was poorly designed.... Hoss is not the first person to have problems with the shifter with the thing installed.
I though his problem was about the up/down position, not the side to side one.
Guess he can clear that up...
KM is right, my problem is vertical movement. I need the pedal between the stock spline position and the position when the shift lever is rotated one spline up. There are 32 splines on the shaft which translates into 11.25* per spline. I just went out and measured the clearance between engine guard and shift lever in the stock position and with the lever rotated one spline up, which is where it has been for the past 2 riding seasons.
With the lever rotated one spline up there is about one inch vertical movement possible before the pedal contacts the guard.
I think I need about another 1/4 inch clearance to shift reliably.
Even without the guard this position is not ideal. With the limited flexibility of my ankle and the 3/4" lift in the sole of my left shoe, I have to really concentrate to lift my toe high enough to shift. I often have to lift my foot off the peg to complete the shift. Because the pedal is so high I also have to lift my foot off the peg to downshift.
With the lever splines mounted in stock position the pedal is about 2 1/2" below the guard and has plenty of clearance to shift without contacting the guard. MY problem is that I cannot tip my injured ankle down far enough to get my toe under the pedal to lift it to upshift.
So what I need is to bend the lever forward to place the pedal about halfway between current spline positions. With the lever mounted one spline up, that should make upshifts possible without hitting the guard, and both upshifts and downshifts easier without lifting my foot off the peg.
bamafrankie, I had not thought about bending the lever sideways, but it is an option, and would only require about half an inch lateral movement.
Jakzen, I thought about a heel and toe shifter a couple of years ago, but did not see any easy way to mount a heel shifter. If bending the lever forward does not prove to be entirely satisfactory for me I may explore the heel shifter idea further.
Looking at the shifter now it may be possible to weld a heel shifter to it.
Making the heel shifter independently adjustable from the toe shifter is the real challenge.