CRF230F Footpegs

November 11, 2017 version

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A few footpeg and footpeg adapter plate notes.

Footpeg adapter plates - xplodee

In August 2017, ThumperTalk inmate 'xplodee' worked up a very clean design and mounting scheme based on some footpeg adapter plate sketches.
Rear Footpeg Position Mod (PICS)
I purchased a set of adapter plates from him and proceeded to mount them on one of my CRF230F bikes.

The two upper rows show Honda CRF250X parts for the right side that I purchased from
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC  A complete parts list is shown at the end of this writeup.

A quote from xplodee "These require the use of CRF250/450 peg brackets and either stock or aftermarket pegs for a CRF250/450". He didn't mention a year, so I chose the 2012 CRF250X for parts. The X parts are curiously cheaper than the R parts. The part numbers differ also. I paid about $90, not including shipping.


The mounting bolts in the lower row are:
Front (right in the picture) - stock CRF230F M10x1.25-45; torque 43 lb-ft
Middle - provided by xplodee M8x1.25-14; torque 22 lb-ft
Rear - TrueValue M10x1.25-50 grade 10.9; torque 43 lb-ft (see Custom mod below)

Loc-tite the ends of the threads, grease the bolt body and exposed threads, and torque as specified (see Custom mod below).

The end result - the footpegs are moved back 1 inch on the left and 5/8 inch on the right and the overall width is reduced 1 inch. Footpegs are about 7/16 inches higher. Virtually no change in weight.

The footpeg set-back results in a more open cockpit and even my small frame/size benefited from the extra space. Larger riders will welcome the relief.

Although my smallish 8 1/2 boots coped well with the stock footpegs location, I was pleased to notice shifting and braking were easier to perform with the new footpegs/adapter plates. The only fly in the ointment is the rear brake setup being a touch sensitive; see the notes below. I plan to add more vertical clearance by judicious grinding/machining of the right-side adapter plate and brake pedal. Perhaps a brake pad and drum service will also help. Note - I replaced the brake pads and all is well. Grinding is still on the table, but not so pressing now.

Would I buy these adapter plates again? Well actually, I plan to install a set on my second CRF230F. The whole upgrade at around $200 may seem expensive to some riders, but it's worth the money to me to get some foot comfort for those long all-day rides.



I removed the stock right side bracket with footpeg and installed the new xplodee adapter plate and Honda step bracket.


After grinding on the inboard end of the Honda footpeg (see Custom mod below), I mounted the rest of the Honda footpeg parts.

*** Note the brake pedal adjustment, almost touching the engine case. See "Brake pedal considerations" and "Further brake pedal considerations" sections below.

Similarly for the left side.

From the front.

Ready to ride.


Custom mod

I modified the footpeg ends that press against the Honda step bracket so the footpegs sits level ( almost, see text). The Honda step bracket is mounted to the aluminum frame of the CRF250X/CRF450X at an angle from vertical, and the stock footpeg is made to accomodate this angle. The xplodee adapter plate is mounted almost vertical, so the footpeg must be modified to get it level. The 250/450X footpeg parts are not the same as the 250/450R footpeg parts, so this process may be different for the R models.

Using an X-acto knife, I marked the end of the footpeg which presses against the step bracket. I tried to make the marks at 1 mm intervals, but the first mark was a bit sloppy. I used these marks to determine how much I was grinding off the end of each footpeg. I discovered that I had to grind off 1 to 2 mm, but I suspect that could vary according to each person's needs. (Click picture to see marks better.)

I did the grinding in short 30 second sessions on a bench grinder. I discovered that just holding the end of the footpeg against the outer rounded edge of the wheel was not going to work; the ground down surface had an arc in it. I switched to pressing against the side of the grinding wheel and that was much better. CAUTION - if you grind too aggressively, the heat generated will degrade the baked-on black paint, and the marks will be obliterated. DAMHIK.

After each 30 second session, I mounted the footpeg into the step bracket by slipping the pin in, and leaving the spring off. I determined that it was very easy to get the angle wrong, and the footpeg would not press squarely against the step bracket. To insure I was grinding the 'taller' edge, I marked the footpeg ground end with a black marker where I needed the most grinding. Of course, the mark is ground off immediately, but it was perfect for letting me know where to start grinding as I placed the footpeg against the wheel.

BTW, I checked fit from the top looking down, and from the bottom looking up. The later was difficult but worth it. I caught several instances where there was a gap developing.

I think I had 8 to10 short grinding sessions on each footpeg, and the final fit was very square to the bracket. I did not grind off enough for the footpegs to be level; I left the outside ends a bit higher. I wanted to avoid a drooped footpeg look. I can always come back later and take a little more off.

One further mod is necessary. The stock rear bracket M10 socket bolt head is too large, and it interferes with the footpeg rotation. I substituted a flat hex-head bolt (M10x1.25-50 grade 10.9) that I found at TrueValue.


Torque settings on the footpeg bracket bolts

Stock CRF230F

2 M10x1.25-45 at 43 lb-ft each

Stock CRF250X

M12x1.25-28 at 40 lb-ft
M8x1.25-24 at 29 lb-ft

xplodee adapter plate with CRF250X step bracket

M10x1.25-50 grade 10.9 at 43 lb-ft
M10x1.25-45 at 43 lb-ft
M8x1.25-14 at 22 lb-ft

The xplodee M8x1.25-14 at 22 lb-ft is less than the stock Honda M8x1.25-24 at 29 lb-ft. I suspect Honda has spec'd the higher rating due to the bolt length. I wouldn't want to go over 22 for the shorter xplodee M8.


Weights and Measures

Stock CRF230F bracket and footpeg

Left side 546 g
Right side 771 g
Total 1,317

xplodee adapter plate with CRF250X footpeg

Left side 668 g
Right side 668 g
Total 1,336

The stock footpegs are lighter by 19 g, but a contemplated mod to the xplodee right-side adapter plate will remove some material; I'd guess about 19 g altogether. So there will be no net weight change.

I wanted to see how much the footpeg location changed with the new adapter plates and footpegs. I slid a piece of foam core between the bike stand and the bottom of the bike and drew (crudely) around the perimeter of the footpegs. I did this with one CRF230F that has stock footpegs (plus wideners) and then with the other CRF230F that has the xplodee adapter plates and CRF250X footpegs. The picture below is the result: red is the stock CRF230F footpegs (with wideners) and black is the xplodee adapter plates and CRF250X footpegs. The smudge marks are where the dirty frame rails sullied my art work.

Note the forward cant of the footpeg outlines. The stock and xplodee angles are almost identical.

Here is the left side only, enlarged a bit so it's readable.

"Front bolt" is the alignment mark referenced to the front bracket/adapter plate bolt head.

There are several overlaid lines (for both black and red) because I was trying to get an accurate path and I noticed that I was tilting the marker pen too much in places, and I went back over to correct myself.

After I took the foam core away from the bikes and stands, I drew a horizontal line down the middle of the footpeg so I could measure front-to-back displacement. The xplodee adapter plate places the left footpeg back 1 inch. The right side is different.

The horizontal red and black arrows point to the widest parts, so I can measure how wide each setup is (see the next picture for those numbers).

busy Now the right side.

"Front bolt" is the alignment mark referenced to the front bracket/adapter plate bolt head.

Overlaid lines as before.

Footpeg centerlines as before. The right side setback is 5/8 inch, compared to 1 inch for the left. If you recall, the stock right side footpeg bracket is a huge piece that sticks out rather far from the side of the engine. I suspect it was designed for kick-start lever clearance. Noting that the xplodee adapter plates are identical, the unusual stock right side bracket could account for the different setback between left and right sides. Another thing to note - the stock footpeg alignment is slightly offset to begin with. Lastly, with the xplodee adapter plate, the footpeg location is determined by the threaded hole in the frame for the upper bolt, and not by the adapter plate holes. Think about it....

Looking at the horizontal red and black arrows and associated widths, we see that the xplodee overall width is 1 inch less than the stock setup. This is good.

To summarize - footpegs moved back 1 inch on the left and 5/8 inch on the right and the overall width is reduced 1 inch. Footpegs are about 7/16 inches higher. Virtually no change in weight.

Caution - Measured numbers are based on my drawing skills and the inaccuracies of pen alignment when projecting onto the foam core. A more accurate measuring method will yield different numbers. You have been cautioned.


Brake pedal considerations

The brake pedal sits just above the xplodee adapter plate and may prevent full rear-brake actuation. I did two things to minimize interference.

I adjusted the brake pedal resting position (no brake applied) to it's highest extent, almost touching the right side clutch cover.
See the picture above marked with <*** Note the brake pedal adjustment, almost touching the engine case.>.

I adjusted the brake actuating arm that sits on the brake cam shaft coming out of the brake panel. I positioned the arm so that at full actuation, it was slightly behind vertical. I was able to reposition the arm without removing the rear wheel from the bike. Remove nut and bolt, slide the arm half-way off, rotate a few positions, slide the arm back on, install the bolt and nut. It only took two tries to get it where I wanted it.

The end result of these two changes was to have a higher than usual brake pedal tip and less than usual brake pedal throw before full lockup. It took some getting used to, but after about 10 minutes, my foot was well-adapted and I had no further thoughts about the brake. I may remove a small slice off the top of the xplodee adapter plate to give more room for the pedal to operate - about 3/16 inch. Another possibility is to grind a few 16ths off the bottom of the brake pedal arm. Both of these material removals would be limited to the area where the brake pedal arm touches the xplodee adapter plate.

Further brake pedal considerations

A TT inmate posted details about an aluminum brake pedal available on eBay, and I decided I had to give it a try. It comes in two versions: red and black; I chose black, the red seemed to blingy to me.

The pedal has full range of motion, never coming near the engine side cover nor the footpeg bracket. Test ride coming up tomorrow.

Test ride was a success. My foot needed one stab at the brake pedal to calibrate itself, then all further brake use was autonomous.


Honda footpeg parts list

I ordered stock Honda footpeg parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. The parts list below is from DiscountHondaParts (which I had on hand), and it is very similar to the Rocky Mountain list.


Ref Part Part number  q    ea   Ext







BRACKET, R. STEP 50610-MEN-671





BRACKET, L. STEP 50611-MEN-671





ARM, R. STEP 50616-MEN-305





SPRING, R. 50617-KZ4-J40





SPRING, L. 50618-KZ4-J40





ARM, L. STEP 50642-MEN-305





BOLT, FLANGE (8X24) 90101-KZ3-J50





BOLT, STEP (12MM) 90101-KZ4-J40





WASHER, PLAIN (8MM) 94102-08800





PIN, SPLIT (2.5X30) 94201-25300




Note. The step brackets, springs, and step arms (footpegs) come in left and right variants. To avoid confusion, I left the parts in their bags until I worked on a side, then un-bagged only that side's parts. Further, the step brackets have a distinct top and bottom; always put the large bolt hole on top. (It would be hard to put the large upper bolt in the smaller lower hole... ;-)

Footpeg brackets - unknown

In April 2010, a ThumperTalk inmate designed footpeg brackets that moved the footpegs closer to the frame. And they reduced the weight to a minimum. Here are pictures showing the custom footpeg mounts with Tusk aftermarket wide KTM footpegs.

Left side

Right side

Top view

I can't imagine any teenage CRF230F owner who wants to pimp his ride by popping $65 for custom footpeg mounts will be too happy to discover that the footpegs are angled forward.

These brackets did not sell well...

Works Connection footpeg wideners

I suffer from instep fatigue when I ride for longer than about 5 hours. I use ortho inserts in my riding boots, but that doesn't completely solve the problem. Some time ago, I discovered that larger footpegs provided a great deal of relief.

When I had my 2009 WR250R I had a need to widen the footpegs. I had used a footpeg widening product on several bikes I owned in the 70s, and I went looking for them on the interweb. Lo and behold, I found some Works Connection footpeg wideners. They looked just like the ones I used on my bikes from the '70s with the wimpy footpegs. Exactly like 'em.

They come in many widths so they fit virtually any footpeg out there. I ordered a set of 1 1/2" for my WRR and a set of 1 5/8" for my CRF230F. Actually, I ordered several of each.

When they arrived, I noticed the 1 1/2" wideners didn't fit the WRR footpegs exactly. I used a grinder to take off 1/32" or so on the inside of the spacer and then they fit just fine. The local welding shop charged me $15 to weld the wideners on and walla, wide footpegs.

The wideners add 1/2" to the width and about 1/4" to the length, and that is just about right for my small 8 1/2 foot.

In the picture, the upper two WRR footpegs have the wideners welded on and I'm showing a top and bottom view. A stock footpeg is just below for comparison. The two wideners are very simple, with just an extra strip of spacer welded to the inside edge to get the teeth away from the stock teeth. Click the picture to see the details up close.

I slipped a set of Works Connection footpeg wideners on my stock Montesa Cota 260 footpegs. They look great. A friend welded them for me.

Works Connection footpeg wideners - about $30 per set.  MXSouth and Works Connection