I am 6’2″ tall (1.88m). When I stand on my DR350, I have to hunch over to grab the bars. I already have bar risers, but its not enough. Some guys lower the foot pegs by using brackets, that’s fine, but the brackets make the footpegs lower than the skid plate. I don’t want that. So I built some foot peg mounts from scratch.
To do this you will need access to a metal cutting bandsaw (although a sawzall with a metal blade will work), plus access to a welder and a drill press.
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For raw material I used:
1″ x 3/16″ flat steel – for the base to be bolted to the frame
1-1/4″ x 1/8″ wall square tubing – to be used for the bracket to hold the claw footrest
1″ round stock – to be used to offset the base from the frame
Here is the stock cut to size. The length of the flat bars (base) were measured against the exiting foot pegs. The round stock was cut about 3/8″. For the RHS peg I also cut and extra round stock about 1″ long because that footpeg sticks out further.
A rough idea how it will go together. The square tube will make up the brackets for the claw footrests.
The round stock will offset the base from the frame.
Here is the base, with the round stock offsets welded on and ground down. Starting to look real.
Oh, an action shot…
Here is the base all drilled out, ready for the brackets.
Here are the brackets that will hold the claw footrests. I cut one side off the square tube, then cut an angle. They just need holes for the footrest pins, and they are ready to be welded to the bases. WARNING: when you weld the brackets to the bases make sure you leave enough room for the bolts to be inserted into the base.
Here is the LHS footpeg assembly after welding on the bracket and painting. Its ready to mount the claw foot platform and mount on the bike.
Here is the RHS footpeg assembly mounted on the bike. NOTE: if you look closely the RHS footpeg assembly has an extra 1″ of round stock spacer between the based on the fottrest bracket. This is because the original RHS footpeg sticks out about 1″ further than the LHS. This is about 1-1/4″ lower than the stock model.
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Went out for a ride. It is GREAT. I feel WAY more comfortable. I am surprised. Good modification.