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I wanted it so here is how I got it;

>Buy: one heel/toe shifter for a VTX 1300 Retro and the two rubber pads for the shifter (The linkage connecter comes attached but the pads must be installed... hold them under the hot tap water for a minute and they will be easy to push onto the shifter) (These parts, I bought from HDL.)
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>Go to Ace Hardware and buy two #93 "O" rings from the plumbing section and one #8 (metric) stainless washer from the nuts and bolts section.
>Obtain an aluminium drink can (beer,cola etc...).
>You will also need some moly-grease.

The operation:
(A bike jack/lift is needed to gain clearance for this operation)
1) Raise the bike on the lift,
2) Remove the shifter assembly from the bike,
3) Remove the shift pivot bolt from the bracket,
4) Loosen the lock(jam) nut on the shifter linkage, (do not turn it past the point of lose and let the nut stay at that point on the shifter rod, the new shifter will be adjusted to the same point and locked down by tightening that nut).
5) Turn/spin the shifter and remove it from the shifting rod.
6) Clean the grease and remove the seal from the shift pivot bolt.
7) With a pair of tin shears, cut a strip from the aluminium can that is (as in the picture) wide enough to cover the "shoulder" area of the shift pivot bolt.
8 ) Wrap the strip around the pivot bolt to get two full wraps and cut it to that length.
9) Roll the strip and insert it into the new shifter, (see photo).
10) Push the pivot bolt into the shifter and check to ensure that the rolled strip does NOT extent out of the hole on the shifter on either side... if it does, trim the strip so that it only fills the area needed.

The assembly:
1) Install new shifter onto the shift rod and turn it in to the position of the jam nut.
2) Place one #93 "O" ring onto the pivot bolt.
3) Insert the rolled strip (sleeve) into the new shifter.
4) Lube the pivot bolt with moly grease.
5) Insert the pivot bolt into the sleeve being careful to keep the moly grease off of the bolt end (threaded portion).
6) Place the second #93 "O" ring into the seal channel on the opposite side of the shifter.
7) Place the #8 washer onto the threaded portion of the pivot bolt and install this assembly onto the shift/foot bracket. (as you turn the pivot bolt the "O" rings will seat into the seal channels and keep the grease from oozing out. Tighten the pivot bolt.
8 ) Reassemble the foot bracket to the frame, check for proper clearance of the shifter and tighten all bolts. DON"T forget to tighten the jam nut. After checking to make sure all bolts are tight. Get that bike off of the lift and go enjoy your new shifter :D

The parts you will need

The parts you will need (close up)

The "sleeve" inserted into the shifter

The sleeve and pivot bolt inserted, to show the "fit"

The assembly

The finished product


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You do NOT have to be a master wrench to do this mod... All you need is regular hand tools and basic knowledge.

Here is the info you will need:
From HDL, buy the following;

1 ) 1 OEM Heel-toe shifter for the VTX 1300 Retro.(linkage coupler is installed)
Pt# 24710 - MEA - 740 @ $32.27

2 ) 2 Rubber shift pads for that shifter.
Pt# 24781 - 371 - 000 @ $2.84 ea. ($5.68)

Total cost $37.95 (add $5.00 handling if your order is less than $100.00 [$42.95])

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Road Dawg,

Congratulations.
This post just made it onto my list of the best posts in the forum!

A much requested mod and real good instructions on how to install it!
 

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FINALLY...I have been told it can be done, and now I can actually spend money on the process because I know it is possible. Did you just buy the heal/toe from the R on here or where did you get that? Thanks for the step by step. Can a guy with little experience do this mod?
 

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Reference to the "RoadDawg Shifter Mod"

bikermiker said:
FINALLY...I have been told it can be done, and now I can actually spend money on the process because I know it is possible. Did you just buy the heal/toe from the R on here or where did you get that? Thanks for the step by step. Can a guy with little experience do this mod?
As I indicated in the original post... I bought the all of parts for less than $50.00. I bought the HT shifter (it came with the linkage coupler installed) and the rubber pads from HDL, OEM parts section for about $40.00 (42 and change, if you order less than $100.00 Call them at (888) 693-1011 and order by phone). I then spent $0.19 for the washer and $0.69 each for the "O" rings. Include the gas to get it and you have less than $50.00 in total.

You do NOT have to be a master wrench to do this mod... All you need is regular hand tools and basic knowledge.

Here is the info you will need:
From HDL, buy the following;

1 ) 1 OEM Heel-toe shifter for the VTX 1300 Retro.(linkage coupler is installed)
Pt# 24710 - MEA - 740 @ $32.27

2 ) 2 Rubber shift pads for that shifter.
Pt# 24781 - 371 - 000 @ $2.84 ea. ($5.68)

Total cost $37.95 (add $5.00 handling if your order is less than $100.00 [$42.95])

All I know is, now I am enjoying my VTX 1800 C more than I was before I did the mod.

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Jimbo said:
HDL lists the heel toe shifter (1300 R model) for $71.
HUH?
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I said
"Heel~Toe Shifter for the 1800C under $50.00"

Are you a non-believer :?: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Coyote7864 said:
Road Dawg,

Congratulations.
This post just made it onto my list of the best posts in the forum!

A much requested mod and real good instructions on how to install it!
Thanks for the kudos and the inclusion in your "Hall of Fame".

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truckeic said:
will this work with floorboards? I have Cobra floorboards on my C
I am sorry but I can't answer that except to say if the floorboard uses the stock foot peg mount, then it will mount in the original location as shown, but you need to consider clearance for the inboard back portion of the floor board.

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Jimbo said:
In your original post you specificaly said "get a heel toe shifter from a 1300" and I'm telling you if you look at the fiche on HDL it goes for $71. The 1800 heel/toe shifter goes for (approx) $140. And, by the way I think it's a great mod and plan to do it. It just can not be currently done for less than $50. Look at the fiche for yourself.
DAYYUM man... Are you just trying to get me to believe that you can't read or is it possible that you are calling me a LIAR?
READ THE POST ALL INFO IS THERE FOR YOU! Give it up man I just did this mod... You have NOT so who would be better to ask for the prices. Furthermore I called HDL to personally confirm the information BEFORE I posted the prices AND OEM part numbers. (OEM = also available for the stealer prices at your local Honda Dealer)

But here it is for you AGAIN :roll:

From HDL, buy the following;

1 ) 1 OEM Heel-toe shifter for the VTX 1300 Retro.(linkage coupler is installed)
Pt# 24710 - MEA - 740 @ $32.27


2 ) 2 Rubber shift pads for that shifter.
Pt# 24781 - 371 - 000 @ $2.84 ea. ($5.68)

Total cost $37.95 (add $5.00 handling if your order is less than $100.00 [$42.95])
Call them, FOR YOURSELF, at (888) 693-1011 and order by phone

Even after your trip to ACE for the "O" rings and washer for $1.57+tax, You STILL only have at the MOST less than $45.00 in parts. And that is still LESS than $50.00, I know because I checked with a human not just a parts list.

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Thanks for the awesome instructions, RoadDawg!
 

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jimbo,

Go to hdlparts.com and enter part number, you'll find it there. Good luck 8)
 

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Now this is what a new VTX owner wants to see. Kudos for being brave enough to wander the uncharted to achieve your dreams.
 

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This is a bump for my buddy Fred, who is away from his computer visiting in Florida.
 

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truckeic

You will have to use the swept cobra floorboards. I changed over afriend of mines 1800c to a heel toe shifter. He had the standard cobra floorboards on his and there were clearance issues with the shifter. No problems with the swept version.

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truckeic

You will have to use the swept cobra floorboards. I changed over afriend of mines 1800c to a heel toe shifter. He had the standard cobra floorboards on his and there were clearance issues with the shifter. No problems with the swept version.

Corby
Thanks for the 411 man I was wondering about this my self... Does anyone else have any other floorboards that work? Also does anyone know if the Kury Stirrups will work with this mod?
Stirrups :click: http://www.directlineparts.com/product. ... =171155419

Thanx

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Very Cool Mod!!! ThankX for Posting it :D
 

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FYI... It does work on an 1800C with floorboards... I did this to my 1800C about 4 years ago and I have the Kury passenger floorboards in place of the stock pegs...
 
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