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Old 03-16-2015, 01:09 PM   #1
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Default Floorboards position on a panhead

Hi guys need some help with floorboard positioning. I'm not sure but my frame might be a Paughco. She is a bit of a bitsa, with after market parts all over her. The pegs on now, were a temporary solution that became permanent. They neither look good, nor do they work. I have got a set of floorboards, but can't seem to work out how/where the should be.
The brake set up and the gear change, seem to miss something. I'm wondering if there should be foot pegs fitted.
Any help, pictures and idea's will be much appreciated. I'm not a stranger to fabrication, so thats not too big a problem.
Thanks in advance steve.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:37 PM   #2
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there should be some cast tabs for the rear floorboard mounts, with some square stock (round threaded on one end) bent mounts that go to the floorboards. It looks like your front pipe won't work with boards.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #3
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norster,
I can't tell from your pictures if your frame has the tabs welded to it (like original frames) for the rear mount of the foot boards.

The foot boards each have two mounting points, the rear mounting point is at the tabs welded to the frame, and the front mounting point is at a bracket that bolts up where your existing controls are mounted.

If your frame doesn't have the rear mounting tabs, you can buy replica tabs and weld them on your self, but be aware that the placement of tabs is critical.

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Old 03-16-2015, 02:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply guys.

I dont have any of those smart tabs, too put the floorboard "arm" in, unfortunally.
I think I will have to make a bracket like the one in the picture...
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:02 PM   #5
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Floorboards usually use stock control brackets to mount the front mount. When you get the stock brackets on and the front mount bolted up, it will show you where you need to weld the back mount onto your frame.

Edit: Rem has a good point, you might be able to use a Softail floorboard and mount and keep the pipes you have now. A stock set up is going to take an S pipe. I think the Softail floorboards set a little farther forward than the original Pan floorboards, but you'd just have to look and see.
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:07 PM   #6
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Looks like you have a kinda/sorta tab on the left side like in the first pic above, but as flatman said, the front pipe is going to be in the way on the right. The one in the second pic above looks like a softail one - that might be your best bet as they mount to the two holes that forwards mount to. Make sure you get Evo and not twin cam (2000 - on?) softail boards if you go that route.
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norster,
You might need to be a little creative with your left side footboard mounting if you retain the 3" belt drive. I put a set of footboards on a shovelhead with a 3" belt drive and ended up fabricating everything except for the shift lever/kickstand bracket. It was no big deal; at the time I was doing it there weren't any off-the-shelf parts that would do the trick. The softail controls the other guys mentioned might work out for you, but I'm pretty sure they would need to be spaced out away from the left side bracket on your frame so they will clear the front pulley with that 3" belt.

Good point about the difference in the early and later softail control mounts, the later ones have a different bolt pattern and need adapter plates to fit the standard 3 hole on the left and 2 hole on the right Harley frame mounts.

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:20 PM   #8
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As George says, you will end up fabricating the floorboard mounts to clear the 3" belt. I used 1/2" square mild steel and drilled the end to fit a 5/16" x 1 3/4" bolt with the head cut off. Cross-drill a 1/4" hole and weld the bolt in place... Instant floorboard mount.

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Just put some Softail boards on it, and be done.
They mount to the existing forward control[or board control] mounting holes.
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Thanks very much guys. Some sound advice. I'm away offshore tomorrow, but I've got plenty to think about.
Thanks, steve
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Sorry to bring this up again. I have a 61 frame and would like to run floorboards but the tabs have been removed and I'm no welder. I like the idea of the bolt on softail mount. would something like pictured in the second picture above work on my frame? where would I buy these mounts? Anything else I should know?

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Wayne the tabs for the rear floor board mounts are readily available from V-twin and others and a welding shop can inexpensively weld them back in place.
That way your frame is returned to stock and you can use readily available floor boards and hardware. You will be happier in the long run.
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Wayne the tabs for the rear floor board mounts are readily available from V-twin and others and a welding shop can inexpensively weld them back in place.
That way your frame is returned to stock and you can use readily available floor boards and hardware. You will be happier in the long run.
Fully agree, plus it'll be stronger and look better as well.
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