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Old 10-24-2012, 06:48 AM   #46 (permalink)
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I learned to ride with a toe shift and everything I've owned since has had one. I have the toe shift on my RG set at about the same angle as the brake pedal. Works great even with steel toed boots. No heel shift for me.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:13 AM   #47 (permalink)
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I had the heal/toe on my 03 RKC. Never did like it. So when I traded for the 2012 that is one of the first things I changed out. I put the Willie G cap on the end of the spline. The toe shifter works well for me plus I can slide my foot back now. I don't agree or disagree with anyone on this topic, It's just how I like it.
+1 Did the same. I have to live with it when I ride my brother's RK when I go to the mainland.

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:08 PM   #48 (permalink)
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heel shifter delete

i personally like the heel toe set up...no scuffing on my boots. But one thing I would suggest is to keep the heel shifter in your bag. Reason is the toe shifter is positioned closer to the vibration of the engine and the splines are much more likely to wear out, don't ask me how i know this, and leave you without a shifter.....the outside position (toe shifter) does not tend to strip as quickly...my glide had 28k miles when my toe shifter stripped and sat on the floorboard as i was rolling 75MPH and noticed when i had no downshift from this shifter....Luckily I had the toe shifter and used the toe of my boot to move the gear selector to a lower gear etc...etc. and also be sure you tighten the shifter every time you service the bike...it does not need to be schwartzernegger just make sure it does not get loose because then the engine vibration will chew the splines on both the shaft and the shifter. so don't leave yourself without ability to get home if your shifter fails....this is why i leave the heel shifter on..
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:40 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Never liked em till I bought my own bagger in 07, once I got used to it I love it. Personally I like going down for all shifts cept finding neutral. I find that if the rear shifter is adjusted right, I just have to kick back with my heel to upshift rather than gettin on top of it with the bottom of my boot.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:55 PM   #50 (permalink)
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I'll agree with some of the others...first thing to come off. I got a chrome cap w/spring to cover up the void. Wrapped the removed shifter and put it in my saddle bag. Never know when you or a friend is going to loose one.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:36 PM   #51 (permalink)
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I use a Pingel heel shift eliminator

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Old 11-09-2012, 08:31 AM   #52 (permalink)
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I come from the softail side of things... never had a heel shift... and can't get used to it. So when I put my floorboard spacers, I took the heel part off and pulled the toe one out to the end of the shaft which places the toe shift in the ideal position for the wider floor boards...

I made my own spacer...
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:33 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I did the same, then put it back on.... mostly because the toe shifter ruins shoes. It feels normal to me now.

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Old 11-11-2012, 08:27 AM   #54 (permalink)
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I have to use a heel/toe, orthopedic reasons, cannot toe up. Over time I have wound up with spaced out footboards on my train. Not those chitty extenders but solid spacers between the mount and the frame. Had to use a different stand for this. 2-1/4" stretch on the heel shifter. Both shifters are lower then factory position. Its pretty comfortable for me.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:04 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by sportcruiser View Post
I did the same, then put it back on.... mostly because the toe shifter ruins shoes. It feels normal to me now.
if its ruining shoes you are doing something wrong, Been riding for a whole lot of years and never had a pair of motorcycle boots go down.

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:32 AM   #56 (permalink)
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First thing I did when I got my Ultra home was to pull it off, put the HD cap over the end.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:43 AM   #57 (permalink)
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I have the same style set as you FatBobRob. Only thing I noticed was I get alot more rattling and vibration in the shifter assy since the heel portion was removed. I don't know if it is a balance issue, weight issue, wear issue or what. Everything is tight and works well, I can live with the bit of rattle at idle. I prefer my ride without the heel portion.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:36 PM   #58 (permalink)
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If you ride a bagger long enough you will like the heel shifter, most guy's have a problem with foot room as I did.
I took off the stock heel shifter and replaced it with one that was longer for more room it was
from ( www.waltersworkshop.com ). That made better use of the room on the floor board,
now my feet have more room to move around. Now my boots stay shiny, and my feet are happy.
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