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I own a 1975 Ironhead and am looking for info or guidance. 1975 and 1976 as you know had that funky POS right to left shifter. Is it possible to modify back to a RH shift? Forward controls are almost impossible to come by. Most parts houses skip the 75-76 years plus a RH shift would just be cooler.
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All of this is possible.
My understanding is that most people build their own parts for this.

Most of what you need is linkage and brackets. All basic stuff and fairly easy to modify in your garage.
I have gone to the dealer and bought stock mid mount control take-offs that they have little value in as a starting point for linkage and brackets. Then, modify to make work.
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ok what about taking mid controls from a 73 or a 74? RH shift LH brake. Any idea whether or not the 75 frame would complicate this? I am just in the planning stage now. Unfortunately I am working overseas and cannot look at the bikes now. I am getting a game plane together to either fab or buy the parts I need so they will be waiting when I rotate back.
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I built forward controls for my 1962 XLCH. It's right hand shift. Here is a link to my write up on them, with pictures. I hope this helps steer you in the direction you need.

http://xlforum.net/forums/s...20&postcount=7

One thing I didn't show was the connections to the shift shaft and the brake cross over shaft.

For those, I took a used part for each and cut it down, then drilled a hole in each to receive the U shaped end of each linkage rod. When I get home tonight, I'll take a few more pictures of those parts and post them here.
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Here are the pictures I promised this morning.

This one is a little blurry, but it is the brake linkage on the left side of the bike. I used an old, swap meet brake lever and cut it down to use just the clamp part of the lever, then welded on a piece of flat stock with a hole drilled into it to receive the linkage from the forward controls.



Here is the shift linkage on the right side. Again, I used an old swap meet part and cut it down to the length I needed, then drilled a hole in it to receive the linkage from the forward control shift lever. Since the 1962 used a smooth shaft, not a splined shaft, I drilled and tapped a hole for a set screw to lock the shift lever in position on the shift shaft.

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