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I have this fun and relaxing bike now and with it comes an immediate need to raise the passenger footpegs or my wife will not be able to ride for more than an hour without pretty serious sciatic back pain. If I raise the pegs, she'll be able to ride consecutive 10 hour days without trouble, and that's longer riding days than she enjoys.

Cosmetic considerations are minimal and if the footpegs can't fold after modifying them, that's ok. One inch higher footpegs would be much better. Two inches higher is probably ideal and three inches higher is probably better than one.

Both temporary and permenent suggestions are appreciated.

So how can I raise passenger footpegs on a Wee?
 

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Take them to a machine shop and tell them what you need. It should be easy to weld up a higher bracket. A DIY type person could probably take out the stock peg, shape a block of aluminum to fit the stock bracket, and screw an aftermarket footpeg such as http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2699 to that. Such a task may be outside your comfort zone though.
 

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This might end up looking like I'm building a bridge... I plan to use metal tubing to fashion a 4 leg lattice with one of the legs acting as a footpeg. Think of a 4 legged Tee Pee and you won't be far wrong :mrgreen:.

Turns out the pegs need to be WAAAAAAY higer. Much higher than I thought. The good thing is that there is no way this is going to look right so I can build a lattice that I think will work at least temporarily. Trust me, this is worth it if my wife can ride without pain. Rides are so much better if she is along.

(There are only 3 attachment points in the photos but I'll also attach to the top of the footpeg tubing on both sides.)

I am going to leave the stock footpeg structures in place as the Givi bag mounts use them. I wouldn't be in much better shape if I took them off.

Right peg photo:



The new peg will have to be where the big red glob is and the attachment points might end up being where the squares are.

Legt peg photo:



I can do this. Good thing, 'cause I have to.

Hey if anyone has a better idea, I'll consider anything I can come up with as temporary.
 

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My first ideas about higher footpegs will not work. Now I see why my passenger was getting back problems. The pegs have to go waaaaaaaay higher. I mean waaaaaaaaaay higher.

This is about the height and placement I need:



Back to the drawing board. This has got to happen one way or another.
 

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just a thought...

what if you turned them upside down and switch sides?
would have to fab a new exhaust mount and figure out how to keep the rack installed
 

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just a thought...

what if you turned them upside down and switch sides?
would have to fab a new exhaust mount and figure out how to keep the rack installed
This was my first thought, but the brackets are different by quite a bit because of the exhaust on one side. Also the bolts that hold the brackets to the bike do not attach to the bike directly opposite each other.

Further measurements and the magic number looks like 5", that is down from 6.5" yesterday. That's good, 5" looks like a much easier number. 5" doesn't go past the top of the brackets, it lands nicely alongside the top of the stock brackets.

Would it be possible to have some metal welded onto the existing brackets to form a proper base and weld an aftermarket footpeg permanently to the base? That looks doable to my eye. Anything obvious I don't understand here? (I have no idea what kind of metals would be involved in the welding or if the welded base metal itself should be the new footpeg.)
 

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You apparently have a mounting point from the original footrest mounts right beside where you want to mount the new pegs. Could you use these to mount new pegs similar to frame sliders.

Either find a long slider or use a long heavy bolt, cover it with rubber hose and screw it straight in?

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Exactally what I did mate. Using the top bolt of the mount, I bought some folding footpegs that are rubber covered (intended for cruise pegs) and bought a bolt about 1.5" longer. They are perfect for my daughter when she comes along as a passenger.

I left the stock pass pegs in place for when my wife comes along.

Cheers!
 

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You apparently have a mounting point from the original footrest mounts right beside where you want to mount the new pegs. Could you use these to mount new pegs similar to frame sliders.

Either find a long slider or use a long heavy bolt, cover it with rubber hose and screw it straight in?

{$.02}
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Exactally what I did mate. Using the top bolt of the mount, I bought some folding footpegs that are rubber covered (intended for cruise pegs) and bought a bolt about 1.5" longer. They are perfect for my daughter when she comes along as a passenger.

I left the stock pass pegs in place for when my wife comes along.

Cheers!
Now this sounds like a winner! Thanks for the idea gentlemen.

racs, you wouldn't by any chance have a link or a part number to the footpegs you are using?

I am going to start looking for bolts today.
 

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Sorry, I dont. I had these lying around from one of my old bikes. If I recall, they were actually Yamaha parts, rear footpegs for a very old DT175 or something.

Check your local dealer for aftermarket folding pegs.

Cheers!
 

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I guess I should have added, it isnt quite as simple as just bolting them on. The left side is a piece of cake, however, the right side is 2.5" higher and directly below the side panel. In order to mount the right side, I had to manufacture some bracketry, and yet avoid interfering with the shock remote-adjuster.

Because I only carry my daughter once or twice a year on long trips, i dont leave them mounted, and currently they are not on the bike.

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I raised the passenger footpegs with sliders

OK, I partially succeeded. We'll see how this goes.

I purchased a wildly expensive set of sliders, two R1 Clutch sliders, because they seemed perfect for the job. I won't say how much they cost, but they were ridiculously overpriced. Ridiculously. Since the bike was completely unrideable for my wife I didn't even pause to see how much cheaper I could get the sliders online. I looked at a lot of sliders and by then I didn't care.

By far and away the most frustration for this mod was looking for M8 1.25 bolts that were long enough to do the job. Living in the good ol' USA, that is asking for a lot of grief.

Eventually, I gave up on metric and I drilled out the welded on footpeg nut threads and bought American hardware for $2, then the job went smoothly. I used 4.5" 5/16ths coarse thread bolts which were perfect for the slider I'm using. I drilled out the threads to 3/8" and jammed an extra nut onto first nut on the backside. The setup appears extremely strong.

That's all good news. The possible bad news is the new higher slider footpegs are not symetrical. How unsemetrical I have no idea. In 3 dimensions it is hard to tell and besides, if it doesn't bother my passenger then I don't care. If it does, I have a problem.

One measurement I found interesting was from footpeg tip to tip.

Tip to tip over the seat, stock footpegs: 49"
Tip to tip over the seat, slider footpegs: 37"

To me that is 12" less leg needed, but it is not 6" on both sides. Halfway down the measuring tape, 24.5", for the stock footpegs lands in the middle of the seat like you'd want. For the slider footpegs halfway down the measuring tape is 1" too far to the left of center on the seat. The right side slider footpeg is higher.

All this is an improvement for sure. The bike is now rideable for my wife. Before it was not. How rideable is the question. The asymetircal placement might cause problems on longer rides or it might not. How much longer the ride would have to be and what kind of problems, we'll just have to see.





Note the slider shavings in the second photo. I used an exacto knife to shave the sliders, that worked well.

Hey, I got this mod done after buying the bike and before I even washed it!
 

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