Diy - Drifter Shifter

DIY - Shifter

Ok so here this one is for those who are looking to set up your own hand shifter without breaking the bank.

Alright, let me lay it down for ya. So, underneath the tank, there’s this 13-inch threaded rod chilling. At each end of this rod there are 2 nuts, rounded off at the corners. 

Now, picture this: one of these nuts, the red one as shown in the picture below, is welded solid to the frame, keeping things steady. 

On the rod there is a rubber hose that is slit and slipped over it so it wont rub any wires. So, that’s the lowdown on the right side.

There is a jam nut, shifter, and anchor nut.

Drifter Tank sketch

The shifter can be off an old blazer transfer case(70–80). In this case the shifter was heated and bent so it felt right seated on the bike.

Now, shifting gears to the left side, we’ve got another set of nuts – a jam nut, the linkage, and an anchor nut. This linkage is a real gem, salvaged from an old 4-speed transmission shifter. I mean, why reinvent the wheel when you’ve got something that works, right? Or you can buy a linkage on amazon too. Check out the linkage on the image below.

This is the Linkage

Now, let’s talk foot shifter. To hook up the foot shifter in this case they rigged up a 17 in. piece 3/8 steel rod which ran from the tank linkage to the foot shifter was used. The left side linkage is 6in long bent at 2 in. The left side linkage is 6-inch linkage, bent just right at the 2-inch mark. It’s all about finding that sweet spot for smooth shifting and looks.

There may be way better ways to connect linkage to foot shifter. This is just an example. an example

You still with me, buddy? Alright, check this out. I’ve got this wild idea to jazz up the foot shifter setup. I’m talking about drilling and tapping the backside of that foot shifter, then threading the linkage right in. It’s gonna be slick, trust me.

Now, let me tell you, this rig ain’t no show pony – it’s been through 2000 miles of pure grit and glory, no fuss. But hey, every bike needs a little TLC, right? So, I’m gonna slap some powder coating on it, give it that fresh-out-of-the-box vibe.

Now, I know it might sound like I’m speaking some alien language, but don’t sweat it, brother. Just take a gander at the pics, and it’ll all click into place. Simple as pie, I promise. Here’s to smooth rides and simple fixes, my fellow Drifter warriors!

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