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How to stiffen up your 750 ACE forward controls
Old 05-13-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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How to stiffen up your 750 ACE forward controls

Let me start off by saying that this is not a slight against Scootmods and their very economically priced forward controls for our bikes. They fill an important niche and the only other options are priced stratospherically higher than their style of forwards. There are a couple of ebay sellers that do this type of forward as well as TC Bros. who do one with a cross piece similar to my modification shown here. I found that my forwards flexed too much especially with my new ISO pegs so I wanted to make them more rigid. I am not sure if my forwards are scootmods or not as I bought them second hand in the for sale section of another forum.

Lets get started: This mod is only for the ACE but you may be able to modify it for other versions of forwards. Here is what the basic kit looks like before installing on the bike:



Although not identical to mine, the mod will work on this type of forward. I added a cross brace between the left and right extension to increase rigidity.

Parts required:

3/4" steel tube (need about 12", it came in 2" lengths from Lowes)
5/16 - 18 threaded rod (need about 18-20" - it came in 3' lengths from Lowes)
5/16 - 18 connector nuts for threaded rod x 2
5/16 - 18 acorn nut x 2
5/16 lock washers x 2

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Old 05-13-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
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Start off by cutting the steel tube to length to fit between the left and right side forward controls in front of your rad.

Layout your cut rod and line up the 5/16-18 connector nuts along side. We will be sliding these into the tube and plug welding them so make sure you mark correctly for the length of the nut and mark the center as well. we will drill at the center point for the plug weld



Then off to the drill press to drill straing through with a 3/8 drill bit on both ends at the center point mark for the connector nuts

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Old 05-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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I threaded my connector nuts onto the threaded rod to keep everything aligned then slid it into the tube and plug welded both ends.



Remove the threaded rod, clean up your welds and shoot it with a coat of paint, you are nearly ready to install.

I decided to run the threaded rod all the way through and out the other side for added rigidity so I measured and cut to allow the threaded rod to protrude about 1/2" on either side to allow for an acorn nut and a lock washer. The tedious bit was threading the rod all the way through from one side to the other which I sped up by chucking it in my cordless drill and running it through that way. The new brace replaces the front most bolts on your forwards. I did have to loosen all of the bolts and mounting points to get everything to align properly. When I first started to install the brace everything was out of alignment but the brace squared everything up nicely.
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Here is the end result installed on my ACE. I would have preferred to use the mounting points further back but the rad cover interfered with clearance.





No more flexing at the pegs and I am amazed at the difference this makes to the feel of the bike... I feel much more planted. I can't take all the credit for this as it is simply a regurgitation of what TC bros choppers did with their design.

Try it! you will like it!
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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As an aside, you could probably rig up something similar without plug welding the connecting nuts but you may get some rattling if the nuts loosen up inside the tube with vibrations
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:53 PM   #6
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good work bob.. nice write up too
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:04 PM   #7
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nice write up , good thinkin on the cross brace , looks nice and you just added another mounting location for auxiliary lightening or driving/fog lights
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:17 AM   #8
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Excellent job! I would like to add that when welding onto something threaded a little insurance against messing up the threads would be to use some Permatex or Versa Chem copper anit-seize compound on the threads before welding. I'm currently using the Versa Chem version and its part number is 13010. It's also some good stuff to put on spark plugs and O2 sensors or other high heat (rated @ 2000f) threaded things that you may want to remove at some point.
Thanks for the info.
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