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post #1 of 17 Old 05-21-2019, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Highway pegs for the Vee

Whats currently the best option for highway pegs? It looks like most people used to use Enduro Guardian but doesnt look like they are available anymore. I see happy trails has some, but you have to buy the skid plate as well. I would suspect that to be the case for most.
If mounted to crash bars, i would think they would be too high up.

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-21-2019, 05:33 PM
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Unfortunately, Enduro Guardian went out of biz some time ago.

I was lucky enough to get one of his aluminum skid plates for my Vee before he ceased produciton. However, I wasn't fast enough to get a set of his highway pegs.

Highway peg mounting height depends on your preference and/or height. I'm too tall to put my feet at the level of the crash bars - I'd end up in a similar posture to using a rowing machine. It's very uncomfortable. I needed mine low on the front of the skid plate.

Someone gave me a used set of the Happy Trails highway pegs: https://www.happy-trail.com/happy-tr...l650-1000.html

They may be the +4" version. Not sure. I had to modify them to fit. Needed another hole drilled, to match up with the holes in the front of the EG skid plate. Used a combination of metal and rubber washers, screws, and nuts to hold them on to the skid plate. The rubber washers provide some vibration isolation.

The problem with these bars is that they are very strong. If you go down, one end will dig in, and the bar will twist your skid plate. I had that happen on a dirt road last year. Fortunately the engine wasn't damaged, but I had to beat the skid plate back into shape using an anvil and hammer. Haven't come up with a good solution yet.

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I looked everywhere for hwy pegs for my 2014 Vee and came up empty. So I built my own. I made a prototype ‘hiway bar’ out of the end of a pair of old crutches to work out the optimum width and mounting point for me. I’m 6’2” with a 34” inseam so if you’re close in size I can give you some measurements if you’re interested. Once I had those worked out I fabricated the actual “production model” from aluminum stock I purchased at HD. For pegs I used the original front pegs from my bike which I had replaced with SW-MOTECH off road pegs. You can get pegs like the OEM on Amazon for about $15/pr. At any rate the key is fabricating the footpeg mounts in the ends of a length of 1” square aluminum tubing. The process is easy enough to do but hard to describe so here a a couple of pix to give you an idea of what’s involved. For some reason I can only post four pix so I’ll do another post to show the finished product. Note these pix are actually of some hiway pegs I made for my Son’s 2012 DL650 from 1” square steel tubing I got from HD but the process is basically the same.
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So here are pix of the finished pegs for the V2. Note that I said the process shown previously is essentially the same as in aluminum with one caveat - I reinforced the sides of the 1” square aluminum tubing by riveting 1/8”x1” aluminum bar for extra rigidity in the peg carrier. Note also that I changed mounting configurations several times to fine tune the fit. The last time I changed the mounting position was to give me a bit of extra room for my legs after mounting a set of GIVI Bar Bags on my crash bars. (As an aside, I love these things. They fit tight to the bars and don’t interfere with my legs or forward reach to the hiway pegs. At about 5L each they are perfect for tool/tire kit on one side and first aid kit on the other. Always with me and don’t take up room in my panniers. They also provide a bit of weather protection like a non-aerodynamic fairing.) as I said I changed configurations a few times so you’ll see a lot of unused rivet holes from prior setups. Someday maybe I’ll make a clean new setup in the final configuration. Note all configurations mount to the SW-MOTECH bash plate. The pegs stay folded up until I want them, then I just push them down with my toe. When I’m done a quick flick of the toe and they’re back in the up position. Sometimes I use only one side, sometimes both. On long trips just a little change in position goes a long way in preventing discomfort. The first pic shows the initial setup alongside the prototype “crutch pegs”. The second pic shows it mounted on the bash plate using Yakima Q-Clips. The last two pix are the final setup with the GIVI Bar Bags.
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I like that a lot. I'll have a spare set of OEM footpegs soon, because my Pivot Pegz are arriving today.

Since you used relatively thin aluminum stock, I bet the peg bar would bend in a crash, instead of wrecking my skid plate.

I simply don't have the setup to fab something like this, but I have a friend who does. Mind if I blatantly steal your design?

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Steal away!! The tools are really pretty basic: a drill (drill press is better but not essential), hacksaw, vise is helpful but a clamp will work, I used rivets to attach the reinforcement “cheeks” to the main square tubing but sheet metal screws will work. I also used my table saw to cut the aluminum stock to length because it makes a cleaner, straighter cut than I could get with a hacksaw. You’ll also need a grinder, file or coarse sandpaper to round over the corners of the slots to allow the pegs to fold and also to de-burr the cut edges. I toyed with the idea of painting them satin black to match other accessories but decided against it since they are definitely placed in harm’s way for dents, dings and nicks. I tried attaching a couple videos of the original configuration but couldn’t. So here are a couple more pix of the current setup. Note the current mounting method eliminates the Yakima Q-Clips in favor of bolting directly to the skid plate. No vibration either way up to about 110mph I don’t envision cruising faster than that so all’s good. If you’re concerned about the pegs bending your skid plate in a crash, I’d use the Q-Clips since they have more “give” under load. They also lower the pegs about an inch relative to any direct mounting position.
I have toyed with the idea of hard mounting the pegs to the bar then putting a folding joint in the bar on both sides closer to the skid plate. That might work better for your purposes since essentially the whole section outboard of the skid plate could fold in a mishap. If you choose that approach let me know how it works. Rubber down!
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if i wanted to fab my own highway pegs, what brand skid plate would be the best? (knowing i dont do a lot of off roading, hence the need for a skid plate is only for pegs)

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I don't think it matters much. Since you're making your own highway pegs, you can customize how they mount and where. You can adapt them to whatever skid plate you like, or modify the skid plate to fit pegs, or some of both.

I didn't have much trouble adapting the Happy Trails bar to my Enduro Guardian skid plate. All I had to do was drill one extra hole in the peg bar, so that there were 2 holes that lined up with existing holes in the skid plate. Then used fender washers (because the holes in the skid plate were pretty big), bolts, and nuts to mount bar to plate. Can post a photo if that's not clear.

Drilling your own mounting holes in whatever skid plate you have is particularly easy when it's aluminum. I believe the Givi skid plate is aluminum, and pretty thin at that, so probably the easiest to modify.
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I guess my thinking was if there was a brand that looks good, has good construction, but may not be one that's recommended off road because it dents easily. (I dont do heavy off road) So maybe i could save some money getting one that is less heavy duty.
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Great solution, I have the happy trails pegs and couldn't be happier.
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