Scootmods 6" Extensions
Hey guys, I just got my 1300T about a month ago and the first thing I did was install the Scootmods 6" forward controls/extension. I had the similar product on my last motorcycle and was pleased with them. Also, there are not many options for forward controls for our bikes and I think this one is the best (if not only one). First off, in hind sight, I should have taken many more pictures and gave you a good write up on it....too late for that. I am 6'-2" and felt really cramped with the stock location of the floorboards, and this mod has completely alleviated that. I highly recommend this mod if you are tall and/or feel cramped.
I just wanted to point out a few things about the install in case any of you were considering them. They make a 4" and 6" version. Like I said, I am 6'-2", and the 6" extensions stretch me out as much as I would want to be (they are perfect as is, but any longer and it would have been too much). The extended brackets and brake and shifter linkages are very straight forward to install. The kit came with standard grade 5 nuts and bolts, so I replaced them with stainless steel to make sure they never rust (no, stainless steel is not as strong as grade 5, but still plenty strong for this application). They also allow you to adjust the angle of the floorboards. Since you are reaching out more, I found it comfortable to angle them a little so that I did not feel like I was pointing my toes. For the shifter, the adjustment is very easy to dial in for your personal preference. The brake pedal is a little more tedious. The linkage allows you to adjust the pedal up and down pretty easily (my opinion is that it is way too high from the factory, but that might just be me). The problem with the brake pedal is the brake light switch, that also needs to be adjusted according to the pedal location. Once you get the pedal right, you have to make sure to adjust the switch so that it activates the brake light correctly (as soon as you press the pedal). If it is off a little, you will either have the brake light on all the time or it will not activate when you apply the brake. To adjust this, you have to disconnect the wires and simply rotate the switch to move it up and down (it is cylindrical and threaded). The wire connectors are very difficult/tedious to disconnect and reconnect, so the trial and error to get it adjusted right was a little frustrating. Also, I want to mention that my brake light switch wires were not long enough to reach the new location of the switch, so I had to splice in 6" of wire. I used standard butt splice wire connectors, then put heat shrink tubing on to conceal the splice (looks factory to the naked eye). So at that point everything is good to go.
Later, I got to looking at everything (you know, admiring my handy work, drinking a beer, at 2:00 am because I don't have any other time to work on my stuff with 3 kids, wife, work, and life......sorry, getting on a tangent there). Anyway, I noticed the distance between the brake switch bracket and the horn. It is about 1-1/4" from the horn. The reason I mention this is that had I got the 4" extensions, the brake switch would have interfered with the horn (too much to manipulate anything) and would not have worked. I believe that it would be fine if you don't adjust the angle of the floorboards like I did, as that would move the switch farther forward. But, it could be a factor none the less. I attached a picture for reference.
Anyway, hope this isn't too long winded, I just thought it COULD benefit anyone that is considering this mod.
2015 VStar 1300 Tourer
Last edited by JBeck; 11-17-2016 at 08:43 AM.