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I took the left side forward control apart today so the shifter and shifter linkage aren't on right now, but you can see how the original shifter arm (at the mid control) is turned up as opposed to all the other forward controls I've seen where they are in the opposite direction.




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Looks like the foot shift pedal is backwards. Most forwards I have seen have the shift rod connection in front of the pedal. May not be the issue although if you turned it around you would shave a few inches off your reach.
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Those look just like the controls I working on putting on my 79. Your Sporty looks sweet.
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On the shifter [left] side you could rotate the shift lever back one notch. The hole for the shift peg is more forward than the shift shaft - it should be as close to directly above as possible, a bit behins rather than a bit in front.

On the right side i see the metal tube running from the crankcase vent to ground; then what is the black hose with apparently lots of black tape in front of it? and what is at the top of the black hose?
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Mick, the black hose you're asking about is actually a mess of electrical tape leading to the ignition! To be honest I never took notice of the metal tubing next to it so I don't know what that is...

...I think I'm going to ditch the whole junk forward control set up and get some new one's (after I try the mid controls to test if its not a clutch/transmission issue)...Any suggestions on good forwards, I see so many out there just hesitent now due to the one's I have...

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It would be a good idea to remove all that electrical tape and see/fix what is under it.

It is very difficult to find forward controls for 79-on IronHeads. Whatever you get they must mount between the front exhaust and the case, not in front of the front exhaust. It is unlikely that you would find some specific for your model; you will most likely have to get something and modify them.

For my 1980 i bought on eBay an aftermarket version of the 1986 to 2003 HD forwards, and modified them extensively to fit. This was expensive and a lot of work but they worked very well. Check my gallery album 86TO03ForwardControls ...

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I actually plan on rewiring the whole bike this winter...but I will be removing the tape to see whats going on under there. But with the forwards I'll probably try and fab a set that extends out from the current location and then comes back along the exhaust that way I can adjust it to fit me personally. I like your craftsmanship with that hose clamp and copper pipe for your MC! Very clever...glad to see you got it working without it though! I see that your mid control shift arm is positioned down where mine is up could that be causing me problems or does its position not really matter?
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Both up or down does not matter as long as you can't hook you pants leg on it.
(Hard to put your foot down if your pants are trapped!)

If you reverse one as in one down and one up it reverses the shift pattern.
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When you say one down and one up do you mean...the mid control shifter arm up and the forward control shifter arm down? Not really sure if I follow you...
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