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Bikernet Tech: Terry the Tramp Installs BDL/GMA Softail Forward Controls

Plus the BDL D-shaft to Spline Shaft Conversion, bonus tech

By Terry the Tramp, Bandit, Wrench, John, D. , Bob Clark, and Scott
8/31/2015


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This is a straight forward tech with just a few twists and turns, girls, quirks and sidebars. You would think forward control installation a breeze, and in this case it was, but not always.



GMA has designed what we believe to be by far the most streamlined forward controls, taking customizing to the ultimate level. The unique design and features make our controls a must for any stock or custom application. We manufacture our controls with the utmost care for quality and fit.
Offered in polished, chrome and black finish.

"Here is what we have done," Scott Murley said, "We redesigned / reshaped the mounting brackets for an easier install, incorporated the splined shift shaft assembly with a larger diameter shaft, adapted to an adjustable rear brake master cylinder actuator rod with clevis and retaining pin with retaining ring, and relocated foot pegs just a bit forward, plus dropped the shifter arm 'short arm' down and forward. Those are the redesign features we recently did."
"Here is what we have done," Scott Murley said, "We redesigned / reshaped the mounting brackets for an easier install, incorporated the splined shift shaft assembly with a larger diameter shaft, adapted to an adjustable rear brake master cylinder actuator rod with clevis and retaining pin with retaining ring, and relocated foot pegs just a bit forward, plus dropped the shifter arm 'short arm' down and forward. Those are the redesign features we recently did."



“These went on like a glove immediately,” Terry the Tramps said. Terry is a virtual icon in this industry. He was the International President of the Vagos for 27 years, and he built bikes from the beginning. Hell I wrote a book about his life and the tumultuous history of the Vagos.

Click on the image to order.
Click on the image to order.



What a life he lived and lives, and he’s still building bikes. We recently covered his Evo engine rebuilt with S&S. And recently he’s wrapping up this Softail. “It looks almost stock,” Terry said. The GMA came with fasteners and slipped right into place. The brakes were a breeze to bleed and adjust. Plus, the pedal is adjustable, comfortable, and strong.” He attached the GMA unit to a stock rear Fatboy brake without a problem.



As with all BDL/GMA components these top-of-the-line, fully adjustable forward controls are precision machined from the finest quality T6061 billet aluminum for precise fit and superior performance. GMA offers the controls in a banded round style or flat surface with non-skid rubber inserts. Each offers unhampered operation thanks to tight tolerance fit and use of Oilite bushings throughout.




While those shown are designed for 1986-1999 Softail machines they are compatible with other stock models as well as a wide variety of custom chassis. Finishes available include Chrome and hi-luster polish.



Although these were forward controls they did not require a longer shift linkage, and the GMA product gave them the flexibility to adjust the pedal and linkage position for the best operations. “I’m still going to adjust the shift linkage more once the bike is wired and we start to ride it,” Terry added.









“We have made another update to the forward controls,” said Scott “Scruff” Murley. “First we updated shifter side to a splined shift shaft, Shift arm “shorter of the two” and shift cam. We updated the brake side to an adjustable brake actuator to give the customer more adjustability for rear brake lever position.”






Suggested retail is $550.00 and they can be purchased from BDL dealers worldwide, on line at www.beltdrives.com or call direct to 714-693-1313

Somebody fire Terry's photographer. Tina, the Devil's critic.
Somebody fire Terry's photographer. Tina, the Devil's critic.



Bikernet Tech Bonus



GMA-FC-RFK
GMA-FC


This kit will convert your Pre-2015 GMA FC-100 or 200 Forward control foot shift shaft assembly into the new splined shift shaft design. Eliminating
the old "D" shift shaft, cam & shifter arm.

100 or 200 Retro Fit Kit available in -B (Black) -C (Chrome) or -P (Polished)


Read all instructions before you begin: 



First you will need to have a drill or drill press, A
13/16-inch or .8125 drill bit, Red & Blue Thread
Locker of some sort, assembly lube, an Arbor press and your basic hand tools.


1. Support motorcycle on Safe and Secure jack or stand, Secure and Safe enough for you to remove
the left side forward control assembly and kickstand assembly.

2. Remove shifter linkage from shift arm

3. Remove kick stand assembly,and left front foot peg, and safely set aside.

4. Remove left side GMA-FC100 forward control assembly from left side of motorcycle for disassembly. Or you may choose to do most of the following disassembly while left side forward is still mounted to motorcycle.

5. Remove the foot shift arm beauty cap "unscrews" standard thread, from foot shifter lever, and safely set aside.

6. Remove the (3) Allen screws "SHCS" and
the foot shift lever, and safely set aside.

7. Loosen the (2) set screws, (1) from the shifter cam and (1) from the shifter arm.

Somebody find that little drill bit?
Somebody find that little drill bit?



8. Remove the shift arm and shift cam along with both thrust washers. Remove the"D" shift shaft from forward control mounting plate. You will not reuse the D pin.

Remove mounting plate at this time, If still
mounted to motorcycle frame.

9. Carefully press out the shift shaft bushing from the forward control mounting plate, You will not reuse bushing.

10. With an 13/16-inch /.8125 drill bit and drill press or drill enlarge current bushing hole to accept new shift shaft bushing. Measure supplied bushing and drill bit to verify that the drill will not drill too large of a hole, Deburr hole after drilling.

11.Press new supplied bushing into newly enlarged hole, You may use red or green thread locker to
retain bushing if bushing fits loosely in new hole.

12. Apply red thread locker to splines on the longer side of new splined shift shaft, and insert the long
splined side of new shift shaft into new splined shift cam leaving approximately 1/16-inch gap from
being flush.

Recessed 1/16-inch from drilled and taped face of new shift shaft cam. You made need to use an Arbor press to position splined shaft into new splined shift cam.

13. Remount shift side forward control mounting plate to the motorcycle, using red thread locker for
mounting bolts to frame and torque to spec. 25
-30 FT.LBS.

14. Apply a light coat of assembly lube to the thrust washer and thrust washer counter bore
in new shift shaft cam, and insert assembly into
the new bushing in the forward control mounting plate.

15. Apply a thin coat of assembly lube to the second thrust washer, and counter bore of shift arm.

16. Reinstall front foot peg assembly.

17.Apply a blue thread locker to the shift arm pinch bolt and insert into shift arm. Index foot shift lever
to desired height and install shift arm onto open end of splined shift shaft, with thrust washer facing in towards the mounting plate.

Raise shift linkage to verify foot shifter height and shift linkage connection. Readjust shift arm on splines as needed to foot shifter desired height. Pinch or clamp shift cam and shift
arm to desired ease of foot shifter movement, "small speed clamp works fine for this."

Verify that bushings are still seated in
counter bores.

18. Torque pinch bolt spec. 16-20 FT.LBS.

19. Reinstall kickstand assembly and spring, Torque to spec. for your kickstand hardware.

20. Verify that all work is correct and complete, and has been tightened to correct torque specifications.

This shows a spline shaft with pinch bolt area, but it's not this kit.
This shows a spline shaft with pinch bolt area, but it's not this kit.



21. Lower motorcycle onto ground and test shifter height is correct for your riding comfort, Recheck all work. Let the thread locker cure as per thread locker manufacturers time limits, usually 24 hours
before you ride motorcycle.

Belt Drives Ltd. for assistance you can E
-Mail: tech@beltdrives.com


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