Sprucing Up An Ugly Duckling

A fresh look for a tired Dyna brake pedal.

The Dyna Low Rider and Superglide series bikes use a forged aluminum brake pedal, which, compared to other bikes, is not the most visually pleasing part of the bike, to say the least. Not only does it have a rather "freeform" shape, it has the pedal surface molded into the lever, and does not lend itself to any type of add-on aftermarket pedal or pad. To make matters worse, it is the ONLY thing on the Low Rider that isn't chromed, and as it works its way upward from the chrome exhaust and in front of the chrome timing cover, its polished aluminum surface becomes out of place big time.

With no aftermarket companies focusing on that pedal, the best you can do is replace it with a chromed version, available through your H-D shop, at a cost of around $70 to $80, but that still leaves an unsightly pedal pad to contend with.

After aquiring a "take-off" pedal from a cyber friend who changed to forward controls, I started shopping for a pad that would at least come close, and not require too much "whittling" to make it fit. The KuryAkyn ISO Softail Custom and Springer Brake Pedal Part # 8029 for $19.95 looked to be just the ticket, so I bought one, and headed to the grinding wheel!

With a pair of calipers, I measured the hollow mounting recess under the new pad from end to end, and used the calipers to monitor end to end grinding on the pedal. Just enough off the inside edge to make it flat, then take the rest off the outside.

Next, the same thing was done with the front to back measurements of the hollow, then take off just enough back surface of the pedal to square it up with the ends, and take whatever else you need off the front edge.

The pedal has ridges and grooves along its top surface that actually bow up a bit, so the new pad will not sit flat on the pedal.

By grinding and filing, you can bring down the ridges enough to flatten the top surface out and enable the new pad to sit lower on the pedal.

I ground the entire set of ridges off, and as you can see, there is still one (forward) groove left. I got it flat and level, so I quit there.

Finally, the pedal was drilled to accept the pad mounting bolt, and counter bored underneath so the bolt wouldn't have to stick so far out the bottom.

To get a nice close low fit, the new KuryAkyn pad had to be ground down at the left rear of its skirting, to allow it to straddle the bar section of the pedal at the rear.

After grinding the chromed pad, I applied a few heavy coats of clear touch up paint to the raw edges to prevent rust/corrosion and chrome blistering.

(masking tape applied for photo clarity)

After all grinding, filing and sanding was done, I sent the pedal off for a gorgeous $70 polishing and plating job.

Now the right side of the bike has a nice chrome pedal and KuryAkyn ISO pad to match the chrome gearshift pedal and ISO shifter peg on the left side, and Lady Mocc's a happy camper!! :-)

Total cost, approx $100 including shipping to the plating company.

Many thanks to my cyber friend Gary Rogers for the donation of the pedal for this project
and Mark at Cajun Cycle Accessories for assistance with getting the plating done! :-)

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