Hi, I’m Steve Matthes, former factory Yamaha mechanic. It comes a time in the life of every bike when you’re gonna probably need to change your shifter or your brake lever, either by crash or just from wearing out. So this week on the Transworld How-To, presented by BikeBandit, I’ve got a Hammerhead brake pedal, a Hammerhead shifter, and I’m gonna show you how to put ’em on.
I like these things from Hammerhead. They’ve really thought about it, well made, very much stronger than stock. In the kit for the brake pedal, you get a brace snake, you’ve got a new spring on this Yamaha model, you also have a choice of where to put the foot pad for your brakes, some better gription there. On the shifter, you get a brand new rubber which tends to wear out. You got a cool looking clevis in the color of the bike that you want, just a real cool set, brake pedal and shifter from Hammerhead Designs, they’ve worked with some of the top teams to develop it, this spring’s a little stiffer than stock, it’ll allow you to return better. And, yeah, just a quality piece of equipment here for your new bike, so, let’s bolt it on.
Okay, we’ve taken the shifter off, here, removed the bolt entirely from the stock shifter, you can do it with a wrench or with a t-handle. Pull your shifter off. Hammerhead supplies you with a new bolt. Always use Loctite on this bolt, very important. Blue Loctite will work and slide the new shifter on, about level with the foot peg, go put the t-handle there, so that’s a little up. Let’s move it one down, see what happens, and I think that’s too low, yeah, it’s too low, let’s go back up. Right there. And, push it flush with the end of the shift shaft, like so, and tighten it up.
All right, shifter’s tight, time for the rear brake pedal. Pull your cotter pin out from behind, and you wanna loosen this adjusting screw right there because we’re gonna change this whole system. Chances are this bike we’re working on here is brand new, chances are your bike is not gonna be brand new so take your brake pedal bolt out, watch the washer behind it, take your brake pedal bolt out and clean it really good with contact cleaner and regrease it. Pull this out, there you go, unscrew your clevis because Hammerhead supplies you with a brand new, cool, green one. That just simply comes off like that, and here’s all your pieces for your stock brake pedal.
All right, take your stock adjusting nut off here. You’re not gonna need that and insert the Hammerhead brake return spring on, as well the cap that they supply with you, and screw that up a little ways. You could get a 10 millimeter wrench and hold the stock nut that’s in there, if it gives you some trouble, but basically, screw that thing up in there, like so, now you have the… Give yourself some threads there, take the clevis that Hammerhead supplies with you, screw that up in there, like so. All right, get your brake pedal, put some lube on this pin here, push it through…having trouble finding the hole, there we go. You’re gonna bring this in. And you’re not gonna need this brake return spring that comes stock, that can get easily clogged with mud, or debris, and cause your brake pedal to get stuck down. You’re gonna be able to use this here, which is just like a Yamaha 450 stock system, this year, developed by JGR Yamaha, and now Hammerhead has made available to the public, this will keep it going from being stuck down. So, you basically install it like so. You’ll wanna clip this pin as well. I don’t think I showed that. Insert the stock brake, don’t forget about your washer that was there stock. You’ll get some grease popping out of the brake pedal but don’t worry about that.
And now you’ll wanna do some adjusting to see where you’re at as far as your play. You wanna definitely a little bit of play in your brake pedal, and what you can do for that is just simply move this to get more or less play. As well, if you don’t have the height that you want which looks like we’re a little high. You can take this clevis off, push the pin out, take the clevis and turn it, up or down, depending on which way you want for height of the rear brake pedal. You can see wherever that lines up is where you’re gonna get. So right now we’re gonna wanna go a little more up with the clevis, so tighten the clevis a little bit to get better height, and that’s it, folks.
We’ve put on a stronger shifter, we’ve put on a stronger rear brake pedal with a different return spring system, the bike has been Hammerheaded up. So you’re ready to go rip and rock. That’s been this week’s Transworld Motocross How-To, presented by BikeBandit. I’ll see you next week.