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Question forward controls

Does anyone know where i can get fairly cheap and decent new or used forward controls for my 1972 XLCH. As you know the gears are on the right and the brake is on the left. I dont need anything fancy just a functioning set. Thanks for all your help.
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The very best ones come from KC International, KCINT on eBay. IMO these are the only ones that will be satisfactory. Cost less than $200.00. Here they are:

http://cgi.ebay.com/FORWARD-CONTROL-...QQcmdZViewItem
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The very best ones come from KC International, KCINT on eBay. IMO these are the only ones that will be satisfactory. Cost less than $200.00. Here they are:

http://cgi.ebay.com/FORWARD-CONTROL-...QQcmdZViewItem
ironmick is right on the money. i picked up a set of these as well. make sure you stay away from the daniel boone controls.. absolute junk. ask me how i know... ohh, and btw, i have a set of daniel boone controls. you should totally buy them. theyre grrreat!

the set i picked up from kc intertational were real good... would probably have worked right out of the box, but im a bit picky.. the first modification i made was to take factory shifter lever, and use it to replace the shifter arm that comes with the kit... no matter what i did, short of drilling and tapping the shifter shaft(which i didnt want to do), i couldnt keep the thing from rotating on the shifter shaft.. i took the stock shifter, cut it short, and drilled a hole in it that would allow me to attatch the shift linkage...
this is something that you could do with nothing more than a drill and a sawzall..(a grinder would help)

next, and this is the part i did because i was picky.. i made some adapter brackets that allowed me to rotate the pegs away and down... im 6'3" and i would have to lift my foot off of the pegs pretty far in order to brake or shift.. simply rotating the linkage wouldnt work because it would screw up the geometry.. so i had a friend of mine machine me some brackets.

like i originally said, however, right out of the box, the things are gems. i was just picky, and bored.
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I want to change my controls out. How do I know which to go with? The mids or the forwards? I'm 6' and my knees are sort of up there. Also what's a good brand? I like the chrome look.
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I want to change my controls out. How do I know which to go with? The mids or the forwards? I'm 6' and my knees are sort of up there. Also what's a good brand? I like the chrome look.
I have seen two different styles for the Evo Sportsters. The difference is in the way the rear brake linkage works. With the Harley Davidson style there is a large long brake rod that works directly. I think the other is Custom Chrome [may be wrong here]. With these the rear linkage is indirect - it pulls a rod which is linked to push a shorter rod.

I think the direct style looks much better and would be easier to adjust and would probably work better.

Try posting this question in the section for 85 to 03 Sportsters. You should get some more experienced opinions for your model there.
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I ordered the above mentioned forward control kit from kc international but cant get it to fit. Could someone give me a description or picture of what parts goes on what side ?
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its a pretty straightforward install. in the pic below, the bottom linkage mounts on the left(brake) side.. the top or distant one, goes on the right(shift) side.


didnt have any idea what the spacer type things were for.. didnt use them.

you need longer motor mount bolts.

take some pics of what your trying to do.. it might give us a better idea on what your problem is...
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Ive tried it like that, the shift pedal linkage doesnt move enough it hits the exchaust and the case. I dont know how to post pics
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OK, what you have to make sure is that the arm thats on the shifter shaft(left arrow) is just about vertical.. the front one also needs to be as virtical as possible.. mine is as far back as i can get it that it will still shift and not hit the case.. which will put the shifter peg too high for comfort.. you have to lift your foot off of the pedal to upshift.. i plan on making a bracket that moves the shifter peg down...

also, i had to bend my crankcase vent. and it may hit the exhaust.. i had to take mine off and bend the rear bracket so the pipe is slightly farther away from the linkage...
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