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Default 1979 xlh brake pedal woes

The hole for the pinch bolt on my brake pedal is stripped. The pedal is pretty beat and I think a past owner rigged up a different pedal anyway, so I’m trying to find a replacement rather than fix it. Finding one for a ‘79 is tough. Sites are sold out, and I couldn’t find anything on eBay that I was 100% sure would work.

I was wondering if anyone knows if pedals from other years would fit a ‘79. Idk if mounting shaft bore sizes changed from year to year or how many splines are on a ‘79 shaft. I’d happily by one from another model year, but I have no idea if they’ll fit or not. Any guidance would be appreciated!
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Drill it out and use a nut and bolt?
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Yeah, all those sites have been listing the aftermarket pedal but showing it out of stock for years now, which is really annoying when it shows up in a search. The pedal is only 1979 and 1980 I believe, and is quite different from the design used in other years. I believe it is possible to switch out the cover parts from a 1981 to switch the style out, but honestly those parts seem to be hard to come by also.
If you can put a through bolt on it that is probably your best bet.
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I think the 79 is one year only.

if you replace the sprocket cover you can use the 80 version.
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There it is. I was posting before drinking coffee, which is always s bad idea. It's the 1980 parts I meant, not 81.
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I think the 79 is one year only.

if you replace the sprocket cover you can use the 80 version.
I replaced my 1977 XLCH sprocket cover with a NOS 1979 cover and all the NOS pieces needed for the M/C.....did not need to change anything to do with the pedal
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If you are not doing a restoration I would sell the 79 only parts on eBay (don't give them away) and switch to the later setup.

This allows using normal pipes and eliminates the monkey motion on the 79 brake. I think the same asshole designed that as that designed the crossover shifter linkage!

The later brake setup is plentiful and easy to find.

The later oil tanks bolt in and hold an extra quart of oil also.
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Lots of great info here, thank you all so much! Yes, the through bolt is my quick fix option and probably will stay that way for a while. But like I said, the pedal is beat up (road rash, chrome peeling) so I would like to eventually replace it.
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And no, no restoration happening with this one. It’s been a little bastardized before getting to me, so I just want to clean it up a bit. Here’s a photochop I did of the direction I’d like to go...

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