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"Baggers", September 1, 2012


Foot Control Upgrades

WORDS: Jeff G. Holt

PHOTO: Jeff G. Holt

Let’s face it, the foot controls that come stock on our baggers do a great job day in and day out. It’s just their looks that leave us down in the dumps. Sure, you could just pop off the stuff that came with your bike and have it powdercoated black or painted to match your ride, but those parts are still just going to be stock when you bolt them back on.

Thank your lucky stars there are many companies out there that specialize in making killer foot control products with some of them being Performance Machine (PM), Joker Machine, and Revolution Manufacturing.

When the bagger thing took off in the early 2000s, PM was there in full force with all sorts of trick parts for touring bikes. Since then PM has added an immense amount of parts and we really like the current design, quality, and availability of its products.

Joker Machine has been making killer CNC-machined parts in SoCal for all sorts of racing and dirt motorcycles, and as of late, has been adding more touring products to its catalog.

Revolution Manufacturing is out of the fine state of Georgia and it does a ton of cutting-edge machined parts for Harley and the auto industry.

When our pal, Lenny, got his new bike, within a few miles he decided that he didn’t really care for all the chrome on the foot controls as well as the bothersome heel shifter. A call was made to the fine folks at PM, Joker Machine, and Revolution Manufacturing, and within a few days, a pile of parts showed up. In typical fashion they looked good, bolted right up, and did the job better than stock. And isn’t that just what you want when you pay a pretty penny for an aftermarket upgrade?

1 The stock left side of the bike shows a lot of chrome and the notorious love-it-or-hate-it heel shifter. We would say this part of the bike is ripe for some upgrades.

2 We started by pulling off the OEM H-D floorboard to gain better access to the shifters.

3 The heel shifter was first to be removed. All it took was a hex head socket and a little elbow grease to muscle through the factory-installed thread-locking compound.

4 The same amount of strength and tools were used to break free the toe shifter.

5 The stock rubber spacer was also removed from the shifter pivot shaft.

6 Here’s the toe-only shifter from PM. As you can see, it is a very good-looking and somewhat simple swap to gain some major good looks.

7 It was at this time we decided to swap out the shifter shaft for something better looking, starting with the rear bolt.

8 The shaft also had to be removed from the front of the foot shifter shaft as well.

9 Just look at the difference between the OEM H-D shifter shaft and the new one we got from Joker Machine.

10 The new Joker Machine shaft just bolted into place with all-new hardware and looked good doing it.

11 The PM shifter was installed starting with the good-looking aluminum spacer that compensates for the room left over on the shifter shaft when ditching the heel shifter.

12 The new PM toe shifter just slid on and was bolted into place the same way the stock one came off. And yes, we ditched the stock floorboards for a set of killer black powdercoated Revolution Manufacturing boards that both look and work awesome.

13 Here’s a shot of the stock brake side of the bike. It was about to undergo a major transformation.

14 The stock H-D floorboard was removed and checked into the pile of pulled-off parts.

15 The nut that holds the brake arm to the master cylinder was cracked loose.

16 There were three hex head bolts that held the floorboard supports, foot control, and master cylinder to the frame. We removed them to gain better access to the brake pedal.

17 A little tugging and we had the unit pulled far enough away from the frame to get the peal off.

18 The cotter pin had to be removed on the backside of the pedal arm.

19 The brake arm/master cylinder pivot pin was then able to be pressed out.

20 The OEM H-D steel pedal was removed from the master cylinder and tossed into that ever-growing pile of parts.

21 The new PM brake pedal comes complete with everything needed to install it in the bike.

22 The stock chrome pedal is made from heavy steel, whereas the PM pedal is made from light, but strong billet aluminum.

23 The PM brake pedal just slipped right onto where the stock pedal used to reside with nary an issue. The pivot pin was reinserted and the cotter pin was also replaced.

24 The unit was then slid back into place. We also took care that all of the brake lines and wires were not being pinched as well.

25 All three hex bolts were re-tightened to factory specifications as per our H-D service manual.

26 We also torqued the brake pedal nut down to factory specs.

27 The mate for our left-side Revolution Manufacturing floorboard was bolted into place using plenty of thread-locking compound.

28 We also jazzed up the engine with a cam cover from Revolution Manufacturing making this whole affair a bold and black experience.








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