Utah Trail #89 (AKA shift lever bender......)
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    Senior Member Wingnut's Avatar
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    In a busy week, I found some time to get out and get some riding in this afternoon. It had all started off so good at the mouth of Koosharem Canyon.......





    The mountain was very green due to all of the snow this past winter in fact there was some standing water still left.





    Near the Koosharem Guard Station is this setup.....any thoughts as to what it is?? answer below.......









    It is a test project by the Wild Turkey Federation as habitat for young turkeys....the thought is they could get in and out of the downed trees and avoid predators.



    I stopped here for lunch...







    It was then time to cross the new fangled cattle guard bridge and enter the previously mentioned Trail #89







    On this little down hill section I took a tumble that I am blaming completely on the dicey stock front tire and not on the operator trying to cross the berm in the middle of the two track.......just sayin.







    Quick question....did my shift lever look like this when the ride started?? crap! luckily I was still able to get my toe under it and finish the ride without too much trouble.

    Any advice on a good new foldable lever??




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    Very nice, I like the look of that trail. A folding shifter will pay for it's self!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingnut View Post
    Any advice on a good new foldable lever??


    In the meantime, just bend it back with vise grips....you can do this several times without weakening it. Just use your boot in the field!
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    Looks like a fun trail! You guys up there across the ditch seem to have a lot of great places to ride.



    From the looks of the rocks on that trail and your shift lever you got pretty lucky hitting the trails with a stock skid plate too. That thing is just for show, you've gotta upgrade!
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    beautiful area! turkeys weren't native to california apparently, but now you can't help but see them in many areas.



    i'm trying my new folding shifter this weekend on the sheetiron pt II. i've had to bend mine out using a stick for leverage before.... ultimately why i chose steel over aluminum, i figured i can always bend it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBenito View Post
    Looks like a fun trail! You guys up there across the ditch seem to have a lot of great places to ride.



    From the looks of the rocks on that trail and your shift lever you got pretty lucky hitting the trails with a stock skid plate too. That thing is just for show, you've gotta upgrade!




    An upgrade to the skid plate is next on the list!!

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    Beautiful pics! I never would've guessed that about the downed quakies. It's good to see your shifter bent! If not, all of that force would've been applied to the shaft which is much harder to repair or replace. Anyway, as others mentioned it's not that hard to straighten, or a steel folding tip shifter would make a nice replacement. Thanks for your report, very enjoyable!
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    gorgeous area!
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    An upgrade to the skid plate is next on the list!!



    Ricochet is my bash plate of choice. There are some deep gouges in mine that would have done damage to the case without it. Stock skid plate is close to worthless.

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    I like the Utah area also, for rides.



    Just got in a 40 miler near Summit to Brianhead and back to Parowan.



    My budget hasn't allowed me to buy the TCI plate yet.

    But, I know what you guys mean about stocker being for looks.



    Note : Low budget skid plate.

    B-dub has seen mine and it cost nothing but time to make.

    I used a plastic 55 gallon drum.

    I cut cardboard for my template, put it on the barrel, traced the outline with a Sharpie.

    Got out the jigsaw and cut out the pattern.

    Removed stock plate, laid it over the plastic cutout,

    drilled the two holes. One over front bolt hole and one near rear hookup.

    The stock front bolt I replaced with one about 19mm's longer.

    It works very well, I made both sides about 3" wider.

    It protects the cases, removes by just the one bolt in front.



    You can also use a heat gun to custom bend it.

    I opted to just stay wider, no heat needed.

    The curve of the barrel works out well.



    Now, don't get me wrong, I want the TCI full coverage plate and a Cyclerack rack, someday.

    But for now, my budget let's me ride and I can get by for now.



    P.S., I have a XR650L with PLASTIC PLATE and it works great.

    I found the idea from a Honda kid that works at a plastic barrel making company.

    He told his story and made his double thick.

    All mine are single thick.



    Happy Trails, ride while you can,

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