Aileron Brake Pedal Pad does not fit

Guess what the small piece on the picture is:

Yes, its has Harley-Davidson written all over it, its a tiny corner piece from the original foot brake lever, removed carefully with a Dremel.

You may recall I bought the Aileron Brake Pedal Pad, Part number 42678-05A, and recently wanted to fit it. “Easy-to-install” my ass, it did not fit over the brake lever after removing the rubber cover.

To analyse the problem, I took 2 pictures, of the lever and the pad, and superimposed them in Photoshop to see how bad the problem was.

There wasn’t a trick, it was impossible without drastic action of cutting away 2 small corner pieces from the lever. This could be done carefully with a small Dremel metal cutter and without jeopardizing the structural integrity and functioning of the lever. After some more filing the pad finally fitted like a glove and could now be fixed – as advertised – “very easily” with one screw.

But what is going on here, the part catalogue clearly states “Fits ’80-later Touring models”, and my Empress, a 2010 Road King Classic, is a “’80-later Touring model”.

I can only guess, as Part number 42678-05A was previously known as 42678-05 (without the A)

  • Did Harley-Davidson realise that the first batch of this pad did not fit properly and silently made the “bad” one disappear?
  • Or did I end up buying a cheap fake? Does not look and feel like a pirate copy…

Adding to the mystery, and possible HD conspiracy, is that this Aileron Brake Pedal Pad suddenly disappeared from the official Harley-Davidson 2011 accessories catalogue and is marked in the HD-online ordering systems as “obsolete”. Honi soit qui mal y pense…

Anyway, it now fits and looks great. But if you have any insights or similar experiences, please comment below.

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One Response to “Aileron Brake Pedal Pad does not fit”

  1. I’m always vervous with superceded part numbers because what it usually means is that someone has decided that “close enough” is okay, therefore this new part will also replace the old one, thus reducing inventory. Inevitably there’s a fit or finish issue if your bike called for the old part.

    Anyway it looks like you got on okay and managed, but at $100 an hour imagine what a shop would have charged to fit that $85 part.

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