Footpegs are accessories bolted at the bottom of a motorcycle's frame. They are usually located near the gear change levers and the brake pedals. Most footpegs are equipped with pads to minimize vibration and provide extra comfort. Footpegs for dirt bikes, on the other hand, are usually made of textured metal to help prevent the rider's feet from slipping.
Whether you're going to add a footpeg to your motorcycle for the first time or you're just getting an upgrade to improve your ride's look, here's a quick and useful guide that you can follow for installation. Keep in mind that some of the steps provided below may not be applicable to your ride. To be sure, it's best to consult your motorcycle's owner's manual first.
Tools that you'll need:
- Metric wrench set
- Metric socket set
- Torque wrench
- Lithium grease
- Adhesive (Ex. Loctite)
Note: A motorcycle footpeg can generally be attached in two ways: first is by using a clamp to secure the frame and second is by using a mounting bracket that's attached to the frame by Allen bolts.
Step 1: Before you begin, make sure that your bike is parked in a flat-level surface. After that, don't forget to engage the kickstand. For side kickstands, ensure the stability of your bike by turning the front wheel into the lean. And for center kickstands, turn the front tire to make sure it's aligned with the body of your motorcycle.
Step 2: Once your ride is securely in place, spray the bolts and nuts of the old footpegs with some WD-40 to make the removal process a whole lot easier.
Step 3: If you have riveted bolts, use a hackshaw equipped with fine metal blade to cut the end of the bolt. Once the end part is gone, you can easily slide the bolt and the peg out. On the other hand, if your motorcycle has regular bolt and nut attachments, use a socket to loosen up the nut until it becomes easy to remove by hand. After that, slide the bolt and the footpeg out.
Step 4: Before installing the new footpegs, apply a small amount of lithium grease on its bolts. Remember to grease only the body of the bolt and not its thread.
Step 5: Begin installation by aligning the new footpeg.carefully slide it onto the frame of the motorcycle and make sure that its holes align with the frame.
Step 6: As soon as the alignment is perfect, insert the bolt and tighten its nut using your hands. Don't tighten it all the way and leave a small gap in the end.
Step 7: Get a few drops of adhesive on the bolt.right on the gap that you left between the nut and the frame.
Step 8: After that, spin and tighten the nut again until it reaches the surface of the frame.
Step 9: Next, use a wrench to hold the head of the bolt and then use a socket to torque the nut securely in place.
Step 10: Test the footpeg and make sure it's installed properly.