DIY look keo shims

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digitalnorbs
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by digitalnorbs

Before I get the real deal and order the real pair of shims, I was wondering if any here made their own just to try it out, if so, give me some ideas on how to make on, thanks

ghisallo2003
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by ghisallo2003

What kind of shims are you talking about ?

Axle shims to space from crank or cleat/shoe shims as part of fit?

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digitalnorbs
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by digitalnorbs

Between cleat and shoe

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MattSoutherden
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by MattSoutherden

A few bits of ice cream tub. Cut to shape, roughly sanded on each side, and stacked.

They won't be as stable as the stack will shift a bit even if sanded, but it should be good enough to test.
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mjduct
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by mjduct

Cut up a beer can, the aluminum is easy to work with and right about .003"-.005" thick depending on the manufacure.

We use this all the time to mount scopes that won't zero out in the gun business

clarkson
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by clarkson

I've made some great ones from polystyrene sheet. You can get it in a variety of thicknesses from a hobby store, and it only costs a couple bucks.

drmutley
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by drmutley

Are u just correcting height or cleat angle?

digitalnorbs
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by digitalnorbs

Looks like my left leg is shorter then my right leg, I tried 2mm and that was better, but still not enough. will go with 5mm and see what that will do. I spoke to a fitter and he told me that from what I told him, the left leg is for sure shorter. will report back

Cleaner
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by Cleaner

5 mm is a relatively large dimension for a shim. I would encourage you to visit someone who can determine if your issue is anatomical or functional. A functionally short leg can caused by muscle imbalances but you should know what you are dealing with before trying to correct it.

digitalnorbs
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by digitalnorbs

So I made a shim that's about 4-5 mm and its definitely in the right direction, I can already see that i no longer hang the bike more to the left. By the way, I have been in touch with a fitter and he told me to go aHead, im going to be getting specialized shims in a day or two, they where out and I been really busy with work, not to mention they are out of may way a bit, but looks like we are making progress, update in a few days

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