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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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TBS rear set conversion

I took the TBS to the Bennington rally last weekend and enjoyed meeting fellow owners of the marque. I spent most of Saturday in the saddle with a few new found friends, rode up Mt. Equinox, Tinmouth and hinterlands on the VT/NY border.

I'm really enjoying the bike. One thing I'm hoping I can change is converting the rear sets to the peg location on the standard Thunderbird. I looked at a friend's standard and it looks like his shifter has no linkage and the lever has less play and more direct.

Has anyone done this? I've looked for conversion kits but, so far no luck. My knees were pretty stiff after a day on the Sport. Standing on the pegs and stretching my legs while riding helped but, even so...I'll be 70 in a couple weeks and a career as a mason has taken its toll on the knees.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 12:55 PM
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Hey Steve,

I tried to convert my Legend to a TBS rearset so I can answer some questions you have. Which exhaust do you have? Because the TBS exhaust with both mufflers on one side will not work as the brake pedal contacts the pipe. If you have mufflers on both sides then it will work. It is possible the linkage you see off the shift will go away on the standard TB the shifter bolts right to the spline sticking out of the transmission.
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But, there's a problem...

The standard T-bird shift drum rotates clockwise to shift up whereas the TBS drum rotates CCW to shift up, so, unless you come up with a fancy linkage, the shifter will be 1 up and 5 down.

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Looks like I'm going to have to learn to like the pegs.

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I got some generic peg lowering thingy’s on ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Multi-Posit...ar=&hash=item0

And with some inserts made from polyester (plastic kitchen cutting board) i was able to have them stay perfectly squared. they work great. Really opened up the rider triangle.

Then i put some rubber peg cover on em, and the look almost bone stock

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Footrest-Fo...item546a0b6d01

Stock linkage/brake pedals can be adjusted to work with them. This may provide some real comfort for ya...FWIW.

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Sweet! Thanks PB!
For bike model, did you select "Daytona 955 97-03"? I will give them a try.

And, where, oh where did you get the frame sliders?? I've been looking for some for a while.
Thanks again for the links.

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So, how were you able to lower the rear brake lever? Or did you? And, did you go with the 20-30 mm one, or the 40-50 mm?
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Here's your frame sliders

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-F...72.m2749.l2649

You will need to source a pair of 12mmx100mm coarse thread bolts, (online) and a 12mm x 20mm barrel spacer, and a couple of flat washers.(local hardware store) The spacer and bolt that comes with the slider is too small (maybe 10mmx80mm??) The bigger spacer helps the slider clear the engine but the existing engine bolts are only 60mm long, and are not long enough to support the needed spacer. The sliders are cheap, but effective, as I did have the bike drop on the right side and the slider took the hit and no paint work was damaged. I was pulling out of a driveway turning left and I shifted to 2nd but popped the clutch too quickly, locked the rear wheel for a second. The bike immediately went down and threw my old butt off and onto the road. The slider did a fine job. Little hint: the handlebars, slider, and passenger pegs will keep the paint work from hitting the flat ground. But keep those passenger pegs deployed all the time. They've saved my chrome exhaust and side covers from damage. So far I've dropped this baby 3 times in the past year. ( foot slid out on a rainy oily spot(1), boot jean pant leg caught on the foot peg at stop light(2), and the shifting snafu(3). Hoping for no more of that nonsense.

As far as the brake pedal, it remained in the same position. I got the 40/50 lowering pegs for the sprint 955.

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Thanks again, PB!

Installed the peg lowering kit and took it for a good ride yesterday. As expected, BIG difference. I only set them on the 40 mm position and haven't yet installed the rubber peg covers yet as rasping off the flared end looks to be to sweat producing on a day like today.
I did need to modify the kit. Had to drill out the holes to 13/32. And had to remove about a third of the thickness of the inside corner of the piece that fits in the original bracket, to make the peg lay parallel to the ground.

Waiting for a trip to the hardware store for the barrel spacer.

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