Lifan 70cc shift lever

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  1. Rick_CT70K1

    Rick_CT70K1 New Member

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    I am finishing up the install/build of my lifan 70cc in my K1. The shift lever seems very short, and on top of that it sits very low in relation to the foot peg making up shifts quite difficult. Anyone else experience the same or have a solution that doesn't require big modifications? I am going to try and source a longer bolt so I can thread it from the back side and then put a nut on it as it currently works you cannot move the lever up and then install the bolt that threads into the bottom/back side of the lever.

    Not the best lighting, but here is a pic of it and you can get what I'm saying how low it sits in relation to the foot peg.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xusIdLMVyAVWZolxSdXzmhUGzFPGRjU7/view?usp=sharing
     
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  3. racerx

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    Is there any reason why you cannot R&R the flywheel cover to access the fixing bolt and re-clock the shifter?
     
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    that shifter from t bolt is intriguing. I may try that down the road. I pulled the cover and was able to install it once the cover removed. 'It' being the lifan shifter. Currently, when riding the bike i just use my heel for upshifts as my size 14 shoes/boots do not fit under this shift lever very well.
     
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    Am I missing something? How are you able to heel-shift, with a toe-only shift lever?

    I've always found toe shifting to be awkward and uncomfortable, with a 10.5 shoe size. Believe it, or not, some riders hate heel/toe shifter levers and actually lop-off the heel end. To each his own, I reckon. That said, 14 is a lot of footwear to cram under a stock shift lever. You have my sympathy, for what you must be going through. IMHO, your best bet is a custom-fabbed heel/toe lever; it's not as difficult as you might think. The easiest approach would be to position the existing lever such that you can comfortably press down on it...then add a heel section to the saddle (the splined collar piece that holds it to the shift shaft. If you have a well-worn original shift lever, it might be usable as raw material. I don't want to get too far into fabrication details, at least at this point. Essentially, you'd need to fab an addition to fit your requirements (within the real estate available), then weld it to the Lifan lever. If you don't need the finished piece to be chromed, this little project should be cheap.

    Here's a pic, to illustrate the basic concept.
     
  6. Rick_CT70K1

    Rick_CT70K1 New Member

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    I should have been more specific. I'm not using a real heel shifter, moreso doing the actions of putting my entire foot in front of the shift lever and using my ankle to lift up on the lever. So misuse of the term/word 'heel shifting' by me earlier.

    That's a good idea on making a true heel shifter lever for this. I am ok if it is not chrome finished so torching and welding and grinding would get me to where I want to be.
     
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    Thanx for the clarification. That doesn't just sound awkward, it's dangerous. You absolutely need a custom-fitted shifter.
     
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    This conversation reminds me of the guy that had a hard time shifting with his foot so he welded a rod to the shift lever, perpendicular, so he could shift with his hand.
    Believe it or not...I've seen it twice on customers ATV's.
     
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    I believe you. I've seen a few CT70s & Daxes fitted with jockey shifters. The look is retro-cool. What I've yet to see is anybody actually ride one of these bikes.
     
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    I just like to live on the edge and shift in abnormal ways to impress all my fans out there watching when i take the minibike around the block.
     

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