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So this weekend, I did a little spirited riding through the LA area canyons. Definitely going around curves faster than the Bobber is intended. I understand it’s not that kind of bike but those curves just quickened my blood. I was shifting my weight to maximize lean/grip as much as possible. However I still found myself repeatedly scrapping my pegs. Slowing down would solve the problem but where’s the fun in that?

After my ride, I took a look at my feelers and I’ll need to replace them soon. Imagine my shock when I looked up the part number (T2080780) and this simple acorn bolt is $10USD! For just one!! Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of good options due to Triumph’s odd ball sizing. You can buy a GMan Titanium Dragger for $50 and throw sparks when you touch down or you can go to the hardware store and just use any M8x1.0 - 10mm bolt. Using a bolt is an issue because if you grind down the head enough, unscrewing it (to eventually replace again) will be difficult. You could make the bolt head bigger by permanently fastening a M8x1.0 nut up against the bolt head (need a slightly longer bolt as well). Perfectly functional but not pretty.

My solution is to buy 10 acorn nuts (M8x1.0) and 10 set screws aka grub screws (M8x1.0-16mm). Then using some permanent red thread locker, assemble them to make my own feelers. So for $20, I’ll have 10 feelers that function and look perfectly stock. This should last me a couple of years. I don’t mind spending money on bike parts but $10 for a screw is exorbitant.
 

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Any pics ?
I’ve gone down the GMAN route as I’m hardware-store-useless ! But very happy with his service and product.
Gary told me that he might stop producing his draggers for Triumphs soon, so your solution is a welcome addition to my bookmark page :wink2:
 

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I’ll post up pics once I’ve assembled and tested them. I seriously thought about Gary’s draggers but I’m afraid sparks would attract the wrong kind of attention plus they’re $50 for what I consider consumable parts.
 

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You’re right on both counts. But sparks are fun sometimes >:)
Plus they are easy to swap out for the OEM ones should you feel like it.

Gmans draggers are surprisingly hard wearing (probably cause they are quite big?)
I just put forward controls on my Bobber with stock draggers, but I’ll put some sparkies on tonight. Saying that, I still haven’t dragged a peg with the forward controls on...but at 35°c, the cra* quality asphalt can feel like ice sometimes. Not particularly confidence inspiring!
 

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Here is a quick comparison; stock vs. stock forward vs. GMAN
The stock draggers lasted all of 15 mins and they are tiny.

My other set of GMAN´s are still at the dealer on my aftermarket pegs (the Triumph gunmetal ones) so i don´t have any photos of those right now. However i can tell you that they wear very well compared to OEM.









Here is a pic of my other set of draggers. You can just about make out the wear pattern and once worn down, its easy to swap sides and start all over...

 

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I didn’t realize the stock draggers on forward controls were so long. Is clearance that much higher with forward pegs?
 

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I can’t quantify it with exact degrees, but I feel that there is more clearance.
I haven’t really gone on a spirited ride with the forwards yet as I’m in a more relaxed and slow mood lately.
 

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Triumph's price is NOT $10 each. It's $1.50 each.

The other $8.50 is a well-justified tax on the lazy and/or non-industrious! :p

-GPz/Gary
 

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Almost forgot that I promised to post this when I assembled them. I made a slight change (20mm instead of 16mm) to the length of the grub screws as the caps were larger than I expected. Add a little loctite and I’ve got 10 feelers for much less than 1 OEM. My feelers are a little larger but not noticeably so on the bike.
 

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