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Old 06-17-2011, 07:58 PM
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Updated: pics of my setup

I've been planning on a foot clutch/jockey setup on my '05 Train for awhile now. I don't really like to buy stuff off the shelf if I don't have to, always looking for an excuse to fire up the welder! So I've been looking around at some of the setups available, and I really don't like the clutch cable routed in front of the downtube. I'd much rather run it under the bike or straight back and across between the engine and oil tank. The shift arm is the easy part.

I'd like to know if anyone has done this? What are some things I need to look out for? Where is a good place to get the new clutch cable? Or do I even need a new cable (can the stocker be cut and attached to the lever somehow?) Is there any particular ratio that needs to be maintained between the pedal and the cable attachment point?

Lots of questions I know, just trying to avoid the inevitable "build it once, then do it again to get it right" situation. Thanks for the help guys, looking forward to seeing some home built stuff!

P.S. before you ask, don't worry, I will be posting pics when I do begin the fab!

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Fireman1501 made his own. Look him up and check it out.

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Here is what I built..







I routed the cable behind the down tubes and in front of the motor. Was not that hard to figure out. Was a ton of fun to build.
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Thanks Fireman. Did you have to buy a new cable? Any pics of the finished product with the cable attached? I don't plan on copying your setup, but it would be nice to see the final attachment detail so I can plan mine correctly the first time.

Nice bike BTW!!
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I ordered it. I think I got it from Dr. V-Twin. It is just a shorter cable with a heim joint on the end to connect to the pedal. I will get a better finished picture in the am. I am at the station till 7am tomorrow.
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I too attempted to design my own setup. I finally decided I didn't trust my abilities and just bought one. One thought I was pursuing was to make a mechanical linkage from the left side to the right. Attach sleeves to the down tube, run a rod with levers on each end, thought the sleeves and when you step on the clutch the rod would rotate. Then attach a real short cable on the right site. Never got off the paper though.
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As promised, here are some pics from the foot clutch/jockey shift fab.

I started by trying to make my own plate to attach the shift arm to, but quickly got frustrated trying to get the bolt holes in the right spots. I bought a setup off ebay for $90, hoping it would be just what I wanted. It wasn't. The holes didn't line up, and the placement of the arm was too far forward and stuck too far out. So, I cut it apart and welded it back together to put the shift **** in a nice comfortable spot.







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This was my first attempt at the foot clutch. I cut apart my old clutch lever and used the parts to make this. The cable is from Exile, it's the one they use standard in their kit and gets routed from the tranny, under and between the engine and tranny, and up around the bottom of the primary. It does require a forward control extension, which is what that aluminum plate is behind the controls (I'm making those myself as well, just need to trim down the plate once I get the new kickstand).






I didn't like how it turned out. It was perfectly functional, but just looked too bulky and overly complicated. I decide to clean it up a bit, and make all the brackets myself. Here's what I finally came up with:









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Here is a photo of how my clutch cable routes..



The cable is between the down tubes and motor.
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Here is a photo of how my clutch cable routes..



The cable is between the down tubes and motor.
You've got a nice setup Fireman. Thanks for the help and the photos, finally decided to go with the exile cable and route it under the bike.
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