Welding Kick Start Lever
Posted March 01, 2002 - 10:34 PM
I would like to know if it's possible to shorten the stock kick start lever and weld it back together and maintain durability and strength? It's fairly beefy near the pivot end. If a guy cut out 1"-1.5" in a thick spot and welded it back together you would have a lever the same length as a Pro-Tec or BBR without the $120 cost.
While I was at it I'd have them add somemore material to the pad that hits the foot peg. Any suggestions on doing this? Where to cut, angles, welding rod type, ECT?
I'd love to have a new Pro-Tec lever but $120 is $120. I believe if it's done properly you can make the weld just as strong as new. Welders, what do you think?
Posted March 01, 2002 - 06:42 PM
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Posted November 06, 2002 - 07:44 PM
It actually has more to do with lack of flexibility in my hip joints. The bike is easy to kick even with the short lever, I just don't bend enough in the right place. Old age and too many million miles cramped behind the wheel, I guess.
After a 500-600 mile nightly run, I usually go flat on my face when I exit the truck 'cause my hips won't straighten out. I am actually 6' tall with a 34" inseam, and the stupid idiots who design-but-never-drive trucks think all truckers are 5'0" tall and the same in girth with 26" legs!...I know...go figure...
I see guys way shorter than me having no problem at all...and they have hair on their heads, too! It just ain't fair Getting old isn't for wussies.
As for pictures of my simple looks-don't-count solution, I will be happy to send them email (still don't know how to post pics here, though I know I have to get them hosted somewhere else and then type in or copy that big line of chinese gibberish these machines speak..?) I will have to wait till I can borrow my mom's digital camera, though. Couple days at most.