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Installed Forward Controls...Couple Questions

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This weekend I bought/installed the H-D Forward controls for my '02 FXD. Very easy and straightforward installation. Instructions were pretty good. A couple of the steps could have been a little better described, but didn't cause any real headaches or delays! Did a short ride on Sunday and LOVE the new position! Much more comfortable for me than the mid controls!!

Anyway, I have a couple of questions:

1) Adjustment of the shift lever and the brake pedal is kind of a personal fine-tune. I found a location that worked well for the shift lever, but I can't decide what will work best for the brake pedal location. What location (pics if possible) has worked best for those of you with forward controls? There seems to be a balance between optimum functionality and comfort. Just trying to decide best location.

2) Has anyone installed the heal/toe shift lever? I have never owned a bike with a lever to upshift using your heal. Just thought it might be a nice alternative. I am fine with the current set-up, just want to "hear" some of your opinions!

Thanks in advance for any feedback!!
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EXCELLENT information and pictures!!! Thank you very much!

I had considered the heel stirrups. Do they just install between the stock female mount and your peg?

Is the Longhorn pedal just an add-on to the stock pedal lever? Is it an H-D part?

Thanks again!!:cheers:

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Wide05 said:

Any idea where I can get the "Longhorn" brake pedal. Searched the HD site with no luck.

I did a Google search and found out that they are a Kuryakyn part. I am probably going to order one.
I adjusted my brake pedal up to around the same location that yours is in. Seems like a good location. I did some searching of various H-D and Kuryakyn brake pedal pads and heel stirrups. I think you have definitely convinced me to try the stirrups and the brake pad is relatively cheap to try.

Thanks AGAIN for taking the time to answer my questions.

kRiZ said:
I'm looking to switch to forward controls on my 05 Dyna. I was wondering what you thought about your HD's? What other options are out there that are around the $300 and lower (hahahah) range? Pros/Cons, etc.
I am very pleased with how my H-D Forward controls turned out. Pretty good instructions...real easy install!!

I considered the Kuryakyn controls, but couldn't justify the extra expense. They do look a little nicer though!

What finally helped me make my decision was the day that I went to my local dealership, they were having their anniversary celebration. I was able to get 25% off. So it became a no-brainer decision then!! :woohoo:

Good luck with your decision!
kRiZ said:
Now I have to figure out what handle bars I want. Might take that up in another thread since this one is rather devoted to the forward controls.
I'll be interested in following your thread on handle bars. Been considering something different myself!
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