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Default Longer Rear Brake (Foot Brake) Lever?

Afternoon peeps - I had H-D Extended Reach Controls fitted to my beloved 1200 Custom, with foot boards. They're all wonderful. But the foot brake lever is too short. I thought about extending the brake rod with a threaded rod/connector nut but the kink in the rod means it won't extend forwards.

Has anyone extended their brake lever or rod? My searches have not revealed anything.

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Here is a custom trap style brake pedal mod in our Sportsterpedia.
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...k:ref:wheels05
May split off some ideas.
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a pix would be great
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boy mr. hippy, that link brought back some bad mojo.
i picked up a panhead back in the sixties.
story short, the ole ratchet top had a cleated pedal on the manual foot
forgot to roll to retard position, kick-back, went to the moon over the bars, cleat tore up my jeans and i carried the scar for decades.
also, never try to manual foot with hush-puppies on. one of my bsa thumpers kicked back and tore through the sole and i was left hanging foot up lying on the ground.
man those were the days, how did we survive them?
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That didn't sound like any fun.
I don't personally like the cleat pedals but I thought the mod itself was interesting.
Just goes to show what ingenuity can accomplish.
I haven't ran across a pedal length extension but it shouldn't be that difficult to fab one.
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Morning gents - many thanks for the replies. The Sportsterpedia mod is interesting though, like Hippysmack, I don't like those pedals myself. I was also hoping for a more straight-forward option, but maybe there is none?

The H-D forward kit (50700030). The profile photo shows it fitted. If you imagine footboards extending forward and back from the standard footpeg, you can imagine that the board can touch the brake lever. (I adjusted the boards to be flatter but there is still too little room between boot & pedal.)

An extended brake rod beneath would help because it would push the pedal more vertical; but having the foot pad reach more towards the front wheel would be even better.

I had imagined it would be easy, but - as so often - I seem to be revealing the depths of naivety!

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Can’t you make a longer brake rod?

A few years ago I made a shifter rod, using only hand tools, and it wasn’t too difficult.
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a pix of what you have would help. i too was thinking longer arm and not pad.
as mr. folkie brought out, there is some adjustment on the stock linkage as i had to lengthen mine to clear the new exh, rotate the arm to a higher position.
another option would be to relocate the master, easily done.
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Every mod has it's expectations and limitations.
Without a pic of your current setup, it's difficult for us who enjoy tearing sh!t up and rebuilding it to envision it.

You should have some adjustment in the rod or you can lengthen it as mentioned.
But the length of the rod determines the angle of attack on the brake pedal.
Too long a rod and you may have to reach to stop.
(too long a rod for me would mean the pedal hits my crashbar .. just before I'd hit something else...
So, whatever you do, make sure to test the absolute pedal travel needed before trusting the length of the rod.

But, just throwing this out there, is it possible to notch the footboard around the pedal.
Unless the pedal's in the wrong position for your foot, it sounds like the addition of the footboard wasn't ideal.
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Morning Gents - thanks again for the replies. I don't have a picture at the moment, but I did do some YouTube malarkey last Summer - this shows the boards & lever (thought I have moved the footboards forward and flatter since the video, which works okay but my foot is squeezed below the brake lever): https://youtu.be/eiAHXrDw-lA

Folkie - making a rod from scratch is not an option for me ('Bear of little brain...', I suppose...). Thinking (even) more about it, it would be better to have a longer, or 'cranked' foot lever, so the pad was 3" or 4" further forward. When it was all fitted, the guy at Riders in Bridgwater said he'd adjusted everything forwars "as much as he dared", so there isn't anymore leeway there. (Bustert: relocate what 'master' - the brake cylinder?)

(I tried the footboards with slightly greater angle and my feet just got shaken off them! I was very surprised - and a little disapointed, perhaps - at the increased vibration through the boards compared to standard pegs. But they are still more comfortable otherwise.)

Hippy (may I call you that?): yes, the pedal angle is important and I wouldn't want to increase it much. You also have a point about the footboard, although I think I'd still run into problems with the pegs too. (I just need to get my feet as far forward & low as possible 'cos, almost without noticing, I became old and fat and now my knee hurts!)

Tough life, innit?

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