Top Tips: Often Overlooked

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It’s not a popular dirt-bike part, but it is extremely important. What could this part possibly be? It’s our footpegs. Yep, our footpegs. Here is some simple information that will help you understand footpegs a little better. You can never have enough knowledge and, hey, this could be yet another thing that saves you time in the long run.

Construction: There are steel, aluminium and titanium footpegs that are cast, machined, forged or stamped. Some are anodized or heat-treated. Some have been drilled, sawed, ground or polished with the pieces welded or bolted together.

Dimensions: Wider is better. Most aftermarket foot pegs are 57mm wide, which is much wider than most OEM pegs. A larger platform for the feet spreads the load of impact over a larger part of the foot. It makes the peg easier to find when straightening out of a turn and makes for a more comfortable ride and more positive interface with the bike in general. Peg length is rarely discussed, but a longer peg can give a rider more leverage to control the bike. Some riding coaches teach foot positioning on the outside of the peg for that reason.

Grip: The grip of a peg on a rider’s boot is determined by the sharpness, number or shape of the teeth. The easiest way to get more grip is to sharpen the teeth, but be forewarned: Sharper teeth can wear through boot soles significantly quicker and lacerate a rider or mechanic on contact.

Position: Raising and lowering foot pegs are a compromise. Lowering foot pegs gives the rider more bike to squeeze between his legs, lowers his center of gravity and effectively raises the bars when standing. The downside is that the pegs will drag on the ground sooner and the seat will hit his rear sooner. There are several clever methods that manufacturers use to create adjustable-height foot pegs.

Camber. When a rider leans his bike over for a turn, his body doesn’t always follow. He often sits on the side of the seat or stands bowlegged to stay atop of the bike. In these positions, maintaining grip on the pegs can be difficult. Changing the pivot stop so that the top platform of the foot peg is not level but angled in toward the bike is sometimes referred to as camber. Fast-way pegs have a threaded stopper for adjustable camber.

Peg Care: During installation, be sure that each end of the spring’s coil is properly seated against the mounting bracket. Don’t grease the pivot point: It will attract too much dirt. Polish the pin with steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper instead. Don’t forget to install the cotter pin.

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