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Installing larger footpegs on the XT225

what you'll need:
Time needed: Not long, maybe 10 or 15 minutes.

  • Your new pair of footpegs. I bought mine off of ebay -- just search for "XT225 footpegs" and see what pops up.
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Pliers
  • Rubber mallet

This modification is the first attempt to make Peter more comfortable on his '02 XT225. With a size 13 shoe, he wasn't having much luck keeping his toesies on the stock footpegs.

Looks better than stock, doesn't it?

First, you're going to remove the stock pegs. The toughest thing about this is removing the little cotter pin; it sounds like I'm being facetious, but I'm actually not. Especially on the lefthand side of the bike, the cotter pin is a little tricky to get to. Keep at it with your pliers and, eventually, you'll get it.

Once the cotter pin is out, just whack at the dowel pin with a rubber mallet a couple of times and it'll pop right out. The stock peg will come right off, leaving the spring behind.

Pay a little bit of attention to how the spring fits onto the peg bracket, because you'll have to insert the new footpeg the same way. If you spring falls out when you take off the stock peg, here's how it's supposed to fit on (this is the righthand peg). Note that the straight end goes through a hole in the bracket, and the bend end is free to fit into the new footpeg.

Put the new footpeg on, and install the dowel pin again. Make sure that the spring is installed properly by folding the peg up towards the bike and letting it spring back down. Don't forget to install a new cotter pin.

The lefthand peg is pretty much exactly the same, only with even more restricted access to the cotter pin due to the kickstand. Perserverance will pay off.

Once you've got the stock peg off, here's how the spring will fit on:

Again, just install the dowel pin and a new cotter pin, and you're ready to ride!

Here's a side-by-side comparison of my XT225, with its stock footpegs (lefthand photo) and Peter's XT225 with the new footpegs (righthand photo):

I'll update this page once Peter has had a chance to ride on the new pegs.