DR650 Lowered foot-pegs

Wednesday, Sep 24 2014 [178 miles]

Low foot pegs

Low foot pegs

Low foot pegs

Also in the box from ProCycle was their lower foot pegs. I like this style because it lowers the pegs without reducing ground clearance. Mounting the pegs is easy. Adjusting the brake lever was a bit of work.

Old and new

Old and new

Old and new

I started on the right side. The picture shows the removed stock peg next to the lowered peg and mounting bracket. The pegs are in the kit are a bit nicer than the stock Suzuki pegs. The spring is for the brake light switch.

Suzuki used lots of thread locker. I’ll do the same.

Pin moved for screw access

Pin moved for screw access

Pin moved for screw access
pivot pin cotter key

pivot pin cotter key

pivot pin cotter key

The peg pivot pin is held in place with a washer and cotter key. The cotter key is not fastened as you need to back the pin out at least as far as the bracket to make room for the mounting screw.

I installed the front screw loosly without thread locker for bracket positioning. I used thread locker on the rear screw. Once it was in place I removed the front screw, applied thread locker, and got it gud-n-tite.

With the bracket/pegs mounted I drove the pin back in place and added the washer and cotter key. Now for the brake.

Too long to lower brake pedal

Too long to lower brake pedal

Too long to lower brake pedal
Half way through with cut-off wheel

Half way through with cut-off wheel

Half way through with cut-off wheel
Shortened adjuster

Shortened adjuster

Shortened adjuster

The brake adjusting rod is too long to lower the brake lever to the level needed to work with the lowered pegs. The solution is to cut off a bit of the threaded rod. I used a dremel with a cut-off wheel and then touched up the sharp edge with a grinding stone. The slight damage to the initial threads was taken care by removing the adjusting nut I’d put on the rod before cutting.

Brake light spring

Brake light spring

Brake light spring
Spring installed

Spring installed

Spring installed

With the brake back together I replaced the brake light switch spring. The spring comes un-bent. Bending it to fit wasn’t an issue. I noticed after it was back together, though, that I mounted it with the end toward the outside of the bike. The stock spring ends were toward the inside of the bike. I may change the way I mounted the new spring.

Left footpeg

Left footpeg

Left footpeg
Shift lever lowered

Shift lever lowered

Shift lever lowered

The left side of the bike was easier. Before removing the old pegs I checked the location of the shift lever with reference to the pegs. I mounted the pegs the same as I did on the right side. I remove the shift lever and moved it on the splined shaft so it was roughly in the same position relative to the pegs.

I like that the shift lever is now below the case. A fall on the left side shouldn’t drive the lever into the case. Done. But before a test ride I want to mount the Sargent saddle that arrived last night.