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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cool I melted my boot heel

When I bot my '04 Vulcan 5 months ago I noticed the previous owner had apparently melted his boot heel on the exhaust pipe. After going for a ride the other day, I realized I had done the same thing! There's very little clearance from the foot peg to the pipe, so I guess I just have to be very conscious of it while riding?

Anybody else burning your boot heels? any recommended fix?
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness. You say you have had the bike 5 months, and are only dropping in now to say hello! Where have you been? Just joshin` ya. We are happy you are here. How did you find us? Word of mouth or do a search? Where are you from? Fill out your profile and it will show up on every post.

As regards the pipes, I have melted a heel on mine too. It seems to me that Ma Kawi should have extended the heat shield up there. I am still looking for a remedy that will work and not be too ugly. I have wondered if a stainless steel hose clamp situated with the screw under the boot heel would work. There might be enough air going by to keep it cool enough to not melt rubber.

Enjoy the ride and keep the sunny side up.

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Did the same thing when I first got my bike. Just moved my boot forward and now it doesn't come close.

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I got some aftermarket heatshields for my pipes (aftermarket, Cobra's I believe)
This is the left side one....

And the right side is just a regular one like seen HERE.


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It must be the right side where you are hitting your boot heel on the pipe??? Funny I had my 750 for three years and never had that problem, but I did build some floorboards for it pretty fast after I bought it. Maybe that kept me from moving my foot around so much looking for comfort? Don't know.

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Thanks Hyper, that heatshield looks good and seems functional too.

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Thanks to all for your input. OK Olhoss, I'll fill in my profile My brother told me about this site (he rides a Suzuki, but he's a good source of info. for me- the newer rider). It's a little confusing at first, but I can see it's a good source of info. I'm in Ravensdale,WA (30 miles from Seattle out in the beautiful country). I started on a '78 Honda Hawk 400 3 years ago, upgraded to my '04 Vulcan 5 months ago- so much more fun to ride now!!
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Thanks Hyper, that heatshield looks good and seems functional too.
I really like the look of the flame one, but there was no way another one would fit on the right side because ya gotta watch the tips of the flames, as they can catch a pant leg, which is why i put it further back on the left side.

But, there are many different sizes and bends of ones like I linked to.
Just gotta find one that will fit the length or bends of the pipe ya want to cover.
On the down part of the left exhaust I used a generic shorter one. On the straight parts of the right side I used two longer generic ones, which you can almost see in this pic...



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Ive had my bike for a month and a half! melted my dress shoes the first day I learned to ride! ...I've since wrapped my pipes with black DEI exhaust wrap... partly b/c I've seen it on some bikes and really liked it, but mainly b/c my pipes were discolored... so no more melted shoes.

BTW, Hypperbuzzin, where did you get your bag behind the seat? what's the brand and item number?

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BTW, Hypperbuzzin, where did you get your bag behind the seat? what's the brand and item number?
It is actually a (really) small backpack that I picked up at Wally World, in the luggage section....





Fits great with the toolbox removed. But would probably work just fine with the toolbox in place.


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