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Old 04-30-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Shift/Brake linkage rods

So I'm trying to upgrade a new to me BMW cafe race bike. Wondering if anyone knows of a supplier that can make custom shift linkage and brake linkage? There are hundreds of aftermarket chrome, lighted, billet, engraved and jeweled linkage manufactureres for HD's. But I am unable to find someone who an make a link arm if i just provide a specific length. Nothing fancy just practical. Any input is appreciated.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Roll your own.

I just made my own rear sets using some existing parts but I did have to make a couple of linkage rods. I bought 1/4" aluminum rod, used my disc sander to bring the ends down in diameter and used my tap and die set to thread them.
I don't know how handy you are but it wasn't all that difficult. If you can find stainless rod it wouldn't be much harder.
All I have is a drill press, disc and belt sander, hack saw and files. ...and my imagination.
Here is a link to my rear sets.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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I used a BMW pushrod, cut the ends off and tapped it to 6mm to take a rod end bearing. ( For the gear linkage)
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:22 AM   #4
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same ...

Same home-brew method as those posting above
The best method to achieve exactly what is needed.
I used SS rod bent to shape, ends tapped for threads.
Fittings are salvaged BMW items.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #5
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Dime City Cycles has a kit for pretty reasonable.

No affiliation other than that they seem like nice folks.

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