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I much prefer the forward Mini-boards for riding, but I have a driver’s back-rest that is high and rigid so it’s a bit difficult to get my right foot up & over the back-rest when mounting. I removed the plastic cover on the lower left side and installed a “pivoting” foot peg. It’s minimal in size and serves only as a “step” to assist in mounting.
Bought a long 8mm bolt, threaded it through the existing hole from the inside out and put lock nuts on the outside. The foot-peg threaded on and tightened up in the right orientation. I don’t plan to use one on the opposite side as it interferes with the muffler heat-shield. Bought a pair so I have a spare.

PS: in the added post, and others, people have suggested opening the stock hole to 10mm or even 12mm. I didn’t feel this was necessary IF you use a proper hardened bolt. The hardware store zinc plated bolt might not be enough. Since most pedals I found on Ebay come with 8mm bolts, that’s what I used. A longer pedal might make a larger bolt advisable.

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It looks like you added more wind deflectors. How is that working for you?
 

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They work really well, very little wind from my feet to my lower torso. I’m thinking we get so little cold weather it may have been a wasted effort. I also have a Gold Wing and these provide almost the same protection to my lower body. It’s more about solving the "problem" than actually needing them.
 

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Over the years, I've gone thru several generations of "mid-peg" installations. I've repeated my last posting on the subject for the benefit of our newbies:

This is an update of a March 2019 do-over of my original thread on this subject called "Installing Inexpensive Mid-position Foot Pegs" posted in July 2017. I'm putting this do-over/do-over out because the several pictures that I posted then were stripped out by a forum software screw up awhile ago. Absent those pictures, it is may be kind of hard for some folks to follow. Okay, here goes.....

Since my CTX is now a trike, I persisted in researching a solution to the very common desire to have pegs in the traditional mid-position of the bike. What I finally settled on was an aftermarket passenger peg intended for several of the Kawasaki bikes. You'll find them on eBay any day of the week, just search for "Emgo Foot Rest Set Kawasaki 54-05414" and a number of them will pop up. Since they are all identical coming from the same source, pick the one with the best delivered price.

This is one of those "easy peasy" projects that even the most mechanically challenged among us will be able to do easily & inexpensively. The totality of the effort only involves drilling and tapping four holes. I drilled & tapped with the side covers in place continuing into the frame itself, therefore 2 holes for the covers and 2 into the frame. The drilling is fairly easy since even though you are drilling into the frame itself and two aluminum covers, you are just reaming out an 8mm to be a 12mm. I recommend getting a brand new 27/64ths drill and a 12x1.25mm tap to do the job. Be careful when doing the tap so as to not brake the tap, that will remove this project from the "easy peasy" category! To prevent that from happening, I used steady pressure with frequent back outs (to clean off the teeth) and I spray vinegar (WD40 works too) in the hole to lube the teeth to cut much better. Actually I used the lube when drilling as well. To answer your obivous question, I learned the vinegar trick from an grizzled old school machinist. Works surprisingly well, even better than some salad dressing!

These pegs are just big enough and fold back better when not in use as to be perfect for my trike. You see, not having a mid-position peg on the CTX when triked is not an option for me, especially with my $950 seat & backrests in place. It is a must have on two counts, (1) the passenger will use it to clear the rider's back rest when getting seated. And (2) the rider himself, (especially when it is me, with the titanium metal knees) has to have a two step mounting procedure, especially to swing the defective leg over the rider's back rest when mounting.

Once I installed both sides I was quite happy with the results, at least from the standpoint of giving me the mid-position peg I'll need for mounting the trike the way I want. That alone was worth the $20.00 & 20 minutes to install.

When I took it out for a test ride to see how the new pegs would work as another place to put one's feet on long rides and they are perfect for me in that regard alone. Most of the ladies and the guys like me with 30" inseams will avail themselves for that alternate position quite readily. The taller among us, perhaps less so. Even so for them, the pegs will help when crossing RR tracks and washer board dirt roads.

As far as the pegs getting in the way of backing up, even in their full down position they are not in the way of one's legs when backing up. So that's a real plus for me, that's for sure. And if they are in the way for you, just flip them up & out of the way.

As shown in the last photo below, you will have to open up a hole in the bottom cover to allow access to the peg. Or if you are nice and lazy, leave the cover off altogether the right side doesn't have one to begin with. So really, be my guest, nobody will notice.

And finally, in case you are wondering about the strength of that installation, I buy my gear in petite huge sizes (@255lbs) and I have full confidence in those pegs. Remember you have a 12mm shaft installed right into your frame.

Okay visual junkies, following is the complete set of annotated pictures previously lost by the forum software debacle mentioned above....:D












In my latest itteration, I exchanged the cheapo Kawasaki passenger pegs with a Kuryakyn mini-footboard setup. However, I did keep the Kawa U-Shaped adapter holder and screw-in bolt assembly into which I installed the 8818 adapters I already owned. To them I attached a pair of the Kuryakyn 2" extension bars. I'm sorry, but I bought them so long ago, I don't know their product number, and sadly, when I searched for them in both Amazon & eBay, I couldn't locate them. Therefore, I'm not sure they are still available in the retail marketplace anymore. Actually, you don't have to have the extensions, I just wanted them elevated to make it easier for my right leg to clear the rider backrest on my Russell DayLong seat.

As you'll see in the pictures below, the mini-boards are attached to those 2" extensions, raising them up to the desired position:







 

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Thanks for posting the "how to install foot pegs" tutorial again. I have the forward mounted floor boards but I much prefer having the mid position foot pegs to move back to.
 

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Thanks for posting the "how to install foot pegs" tutorial again. I have the forward mounted floor boards but I much prefer having the mid position foot pegs to move back to.
My pleasure! Note that this particular mid-footboard posting is one of several that I have as "click jumps" in brackets in my signature line below. Therefore always easy to find.
 

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Bob, I just completed the mid foot peg installation and I like the leg positioning better than the forward floorboards. The problem I see is on the muffler side without the shield in place my heel will be touching and burning from contact with the muffler. I see in your photo it is not a problem for you because you have an aftermarket muffler.
What muffler is that? Other than buying another muffler, do you have anysuggestions to keep from burning the heel of my shoes or boots?
 

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Bob, I just completed the mid foot peg installation and I like the leg positioning better than the forward floorboards. The problem I see is on the muffler side without the shield in place my heel will be touching and burning from contact with the muffler. I see in your photo it is not a problem for you because you have an aftermarket muffler.
What muffler is that? Other than buying another muffler, do you have any suggestions, to keep from burning the heel of my shoes or boots?
My muffler came with the Yelvington Trike conversion kit, so I can't help you with that info. However, eBay is your friend to find a Harley take-off and an "S" bend pipe. With a bit of luck you may find an "S" bend that will mate the two different sizes (I think that the CTX pipe is1 5/8" and I know the Harley is 1.75"). The Harley take off's are quite inexpensive, over the years, I bought more than my share of them, especially when I was in the trike conversion business. I can't remember paying more than $30 each and do remember picking up a small quantity for just under $10 each! So shop around and you'll do well.

Finally, although the vast majority will be chrome (and usually good chrome at that), you might find a factory unit that is black which a lot of folks prefer on a CTX.

Good Luck! 😎
 

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My muffler came with the Yelvington Trike conversion kit, so I can't help you with that info. However, eBay is your friend to find a Harley take-off and an "S" bend pipe. With a bit of luck you may find an "S" bend that will mate the two different sizes (I think that the CTX pipe is1 5/8" and I know the Harley is 1.75"). The Harley take off's are quite inexpensive, over the years, I bought more than my share of them, especially when I was in the trike conversion business. I can't remember paying more than $30 each and do remember picking up a small quantity for just under $10 each! So shop around and you'll do well.

Finally, although the vast majority will be chrome (and usually good chrome at that), you might find a factory unit that is black which a lot of folks prefer on a CTX.

Good Luck! 😎
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look. While looking at the setup after I wrote the previous posting I thought of possibly using an exhaust wrap to cover that part of the muffler and pipe. I've never used it before so I don't know what kind of heat protection it is capable of.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look. While looking at the setup after I wrote the previous posting I thought of possibly using an exhaust wrap to cover that part of the muffler and pipe. I've never used it before so I don't know what kind of heat protection it is capable of.
Not too much I venture. 😎
 

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I much prefer the forward Mini-boards for riding, but I have a driver’s back-rest that is high and rigid so it’s a bit difficult to get my right foot up & over the back-rest when mounting. I removed the plastic cover on the lower left side and installed a “pivoting” foot peg. It’s minimal in size and serves only as a “step” to assist in mounting.
Bought a long 8mm bolt, threaded it through the existing hole from the inside out and put lock nuts on the outside. The foot-peg threaded on and tightened up in the right orientation. I don’t plan to use one on the opposite side as it interferes with the muffler heat-shield. Bought a pair so I have a spare.

PS: in the added post, and others, people have suggested opening the stock hole to 10mm or even 12mm. I didn’t feel this was necessary IF you use a proper hardened bolt. The hardware store zinc plated bolt might not be enough. Since most pedals I found on Ebay come with 8mm bolts, that’s what I used. A longer pedal might make a larger bolt advisable.

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+ 1 on the mid-pegs. I followed Bob Witte's instruction and added the mid-pegs and it made all the difference in the world especially on long trips. Good luck.
 

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+ 1 on the mid-pegs. I followed Bob Witte's instruction and added the mid-pegs and it made all the difference in the world especially on long trips. Good luck.
Ruby, if you have the stock muffler did you somehow manage to reinstall the heat shield? If so, how did you do it?
If you did not reinstall it how do you keep from burning your heel?
I just finished installing the mid-pegs yesterday and haven't had a chance to ride with it but I do love the position.
 

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Ruby, if you have the stock muffler did you somehow manage to reinstall the heat shield? If so, how did you do it?
If you did not reinstall it how do you keep from burning your heel?
I just finished installing the mid-pegs yesterday and haven't had a chance to ride with it but I do love the position.
I installed a shorty muffler as Bob demonstrated and then I bought a black universal heat shield from Amazon for about $10-15 which comes with belt clamps for easy install. works great...no worries.
 

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I installed a shorty muffler as Bob demonstrated and then I bought a black universal heat shield from Amazon for about $10-15 which comes with belt clamps for easy install. works great...no worries.
Thanks Ruby.
 
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