Footrests

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The design of the rider’s footrests on Ariels was settled by 1929 and only minor changes occurred until the arrival of the swinging arm frame. Although the changes are minor they came thick and fast during the early 1950’s, not all of which had the benefit of being allocated part numbers. From 1929 until the introduction of the GB gearbox there was really only one footrest support and this had a notch machined in it that prevented movement by engaging with a peg on the engine plate. The KH used a shorter version of the same and the right hand Square Four one was totally different. The right hand support was shortened to fit with the new GB gearbox in 1952 and in 1953 a peg was fitted to the support instead of to the engine plate. Most of these versions can be adapted from the one support that we make (5375-29) and if you tell us which one you want we will turn one down for you.

The swinging arm frame footrests are attached to the frame by splines, the right hand one being a little longer than the left or is it the other way round I can’t remember. Read the listing, I am sure it is in there somewhere, it’s called research. For 1954-55 each footrest is in one piece but in 1956 a left and right support was made with a universal footrest bar retained by a castle nut.

Brake pedals seem to be one of those parts that seem to change every 5 minutes, but are all very similar. Frequently the incorrect one can be modified to suit using a bit of heat.

Pillion footrests were optional until 1954 when they became a standard fitment and in common with similar items they would frequently be fitted by the selling dealer and could just as easily be pattern rather than Ariel’s own.

“Motor bicycling, though it is the cheapest form of locomotion, and one of the finest forms of sport, has one drawback, namely, that it is a selfish mode of enjoyment. As soon as a man has become an expert motorcyclist, and has properly realised the capabilities of the machine and its enormous advantages, he will, if he is not so selfish as the ladies say the average man is, long for a companion to partake of the pleasures of motor cycling with him.“
             Motor Cycles and How to Manage Them, 11th edition 1907

The following parts are not illustrated above but are listed below

Part Number

Description

Part Number

Description

07

Pillion footrest pivot screw

5547-28

Pillion footrest Thackery washer

65-4811

Footrest spline repair piece

9207-56

Front crash bar spacer

5383-56

Riders footrest bar

9207-56

Rear crash bar spacer

5384-35

Footrest RH

9227-56

Lump of metal for crash bar

5392-32

Footrest rubber embossed ‘ARIEL’

9230-56

Pillion rubber for rear crash bars

5541-32

Pillion footrest rubber

S2-4

Pillion footrest pivot bolt nut

Part No.

Description

Per

Models

Years

07

Pillion footrest pivot screw 2 All

07Q

Pillion footrest pivot screw Stainless 2 All

0400

Footrest tie rod, CP/BA gearbox, 7/16″ x 13″ not SQ 4 1 Rig/Plun 1935-51

0400Q

Footrest tie rod, CP/BA gearbox, 7/16″ x 13″ not SQ 4 Stainless 1 Rig/Plun 1935-51

0405

Footrest tie rod, 7/16″ x 10 1/8″ 1 SQ 4 1937-58

0405Q

Footrest tie rod, 7/16″ x 10 1/8″ Stainless 1 SQ 4 1937-58

65-4811

BSA footrest support – what’s this doing in an Ariel catalogue? Find out by sawing the splined part of this item off and weld it to your s/arm frame to repair the damaged footrest splines. There is an irony in destroying a BSA part to repair an Ariel; revenge is sweet! 1954-58

5375-29

Footrest support, LH and RH 2 Sing 1929-51

5375-29

Footrest support, LH 1 Sing 1952

5375-29

Footrest support, LH 1 SQ 4 1937-52

5375-46

Footrest support, RH 1 SQ 4 1947-58

5375-48

Footrest support, 4 3/16″, LH & RH 2 KH 1948-51

5375-48

Footrest support, 4 3/16″, LH 1 KH 1952

5375-52

Footrest support, 2 3/4″, RH 1 KH 1952

5375-53

Footrest support with peg, 2 3/4, RH (use 5375-29 & modify) 1 KH 1953

5376-53

Footrest support with peg, LH (use 5375-29 & modify) 1 Sing 1953

5377-50

Footrest tie rod, GB gearbox, 7/16″ x 11 5/8″ not SQ 4 1 Rig/Plun 1952-55

5377-54

Footrest tie rod, 1/2″ x 11″ 1 S/arm 1954-58

5377-54Q

Footrest tie rod, 1/2″ x 11″ Stainless 1 S/arm 1954-58

5378-53

Footrest support with peg, 4 3/16, LH (modify 5375-29) 1 KH 1953

5380-52

Footrest support, 3 3/8″, RH, new old stock available 1 Sing 1952

5380-53

Footrest support with peg, 3 3/8, RH (use 5375-29 & modify) 1 Sing 1953

5383-29

Footrest, not designed to take rubber 2 W/NG 1943-45

5383-31

Footrest, requires the mounting hole machining 2 4F/Sloper 1931-32

5383-36

Footrest, LH. Can use 5383-46 which is bent a bit instead of straight and is about 1″ further forward 1 Sing 1936-40

5383-46

Footrest, left and right 2 Rig/Plun 1946-58

5383-54

Footrest, 1 piece type, replaces later 2 piece, RH, short 1 S/arm 1954-58

5383-56

Riders footrest bar (bit you put yer foot on) 2 S/arm 1956-58

5384-35

Footrest RH (curly one) 1 Sing 1935-40

5384-54

Footrest, 1 piece type, replaces later 2 piece, LH, long 1 S/arm 1954-58

5385-29

Distance tube, footrest tie rod between engine plates 1 Sing Plun/Rig 1929-55

5385-33

Distance tube, footrest tie rod between engine plates 1 SQ/KH Plun/Rig 1933-58

5385-54

Distance tube, footrest tie rod between engine plates 1 S/arm 1954-58

5388-56

Footrest tie rod, 1/2″ x 11 5/8″ 1 HS MK I 1956-58

5390-54

Footrest tie rod sleeve nut 2 S/arm 1954-58

5390-54Q

Footrest tie rod sleeve nut Stainless 2 S/arm 1954-58

5392-32

Footrest rubber embossed ‘ARIEL’ 2 All 1932-58

5540-42

Pillion footrest assembly, each 2 W/NG 1942-45

5540-90

Pillion footrests, pair, not a copy of Ariel type 1 not S/arm

5541-32

Pillion footrest rubber, also fits riders 2 All 1932-58

5547-28

Pillion footrest Thackery washer (double spring) 2 All 1928-58

9207-56

Front crash bar spacer 2 MK II 1956-58

9207-56

Rear crash bar spacer 2 MK II 1956-58

9227-56

Lump of metal for crash bar 1 MK II 1956-58

9230-56

Pillion rubber for rear crash bars 2 All 1956-58

S1-5

Footrest tie rod nut, not SQ 4 2 Rig/Plun 1935-58

S1-5Q

Footrest tie rod nut, not SQ 4 Stainless 2 Rig/Plun 1935-58

S2-4

Pillion footrest pivot bolt nut 2 All 1928-58

S2-4Q

Pillion footrest pivot bolt nut Stainless 2 All 1928-58

S2-5

Footrest tie rod nut 2 SQ4 1937-58

S2-5Q

Footrest tie rod nut Stainless 2 SQ4 1937-58
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