Setup Instructions - Link Lever

These instructions will help you install and set up your Link Levers on your Slipper HD Boots or Atomic Backland boots. Please read the instructions carefully, and reach out to if you have any questions . 

If installing on an Atomic Backland, start here. If you are using a Slipper or Slipper HD, skip to step 5. 

You will need a 4mm hex key to remove your stock walk mode mechanism, as well as the tools provided in your Link Lever kit (2 10mm wrenches, T20 driver) . 

Step 1 - Remove your stock walk mode mechanism by removing the two screws attaching it to the boot. Depending on your model of Backland, you may have a mounting plate that is not attached to the boots, and it can fall into the shell of the boot. 

Step 2 - Remove your Link Lever from the packaging, and make sure that is oriented in the correct position, with the short of side of the base pointing "UP" . If you mount your Link Lever with the long side of the base pointing "UP" , it will not function properly, and will damage the Link Lever over time.  PLEASE BE CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE THE LINK LEVER ORIENTED CORRECTLY PRIOR TO INSTALLING IT ON THE BOOT. 



Correct Orientation




Step 3 - Take 2 of the screws included with your Link Levers, apply blue Loctite,  and use your T-20 driver to attach the Link Lever to your boot. Start with the top screw, and thread it most of the way in (DO NOT TIGHTEN YET) . Flip the Link Lever up, and install the 2nd screw. BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS NOT TO CROSS THREAD - IF YOU FEEL RESISTANCE, STOP, AND BACK THE SCREW OUT AND TRY AGAIN. 



Step 4 - Tighten down both screws to the boot. The base of the Link Lever should be flush against the boot - If it isn't, you need to loosen your screws and make sure that the mounting plate on the boot is in the correct position. It is also possible to have a burr on the mounting plate in the boot that can prevent the Link Lever base from sitting flush. Sandpaper will solve this issue. 

Step 5 - Adjusting your forward lean. Your Link Levers have adjustable forward lean, from approximately 6 degrees to 26 degrees. To adjust, loosen the jam nut on the lever head  using the 10mm wrench provided. We send them out just finger tight, so one wrench should be sufficient, but if its tight, you may need to use the 2nd wrench. Take one of your 10mm wrenches, and put it on the jam nut. Take the 2nd 10mm wrench, and use it to hold the head of the lever, and loosen.

You can adjust the forward lean by threading or unthreading the head of the lever  . Threading the head closer to the body will give you less forward lean. Unthreading the head, away from the body, will give you more forward lean. 

Step 6: When you are satisfied with your chosen forward lean, take your 2 10mm wrenches and tighten the jam nut. You will put one wrench on the jam nut, and other on the lever head. By holding the lever head in place, you are able to properly tighten the jam nut against the lever head. If you only use 1 wrench, it will not tighten the jam nut properly and it can come loose while touring, or worse, when riding. This can cause the lever to pop out of "ride" mode, which could cause a fall or injury, so USE BOTH WRENCHES ! !

Step 7: Check your installation to make sure of the following 

  • You want to be certain that the base of the Link Lever is flush against your boot. If there is any play between the Lever Base and boot, you will need to remove the Link Lever from your boot , and re install them, checking to be sure that the fit is flush . 
  • You want to be certain the Link Lever Head is properly oriented , which means it should be straight in line with the shaft. It should sit flush on the catch bar on the boot. If the Lever head is crooked, it can pop out while riding, which can cause injury. If it's crooked, loosen the jam nut from the Lever Head, and adjust as needed. 
  • You want to be sure that your jam nut is tight! Make sure that you use both wrenches when you are tightening ! Put one on the jam nut, and one on the Link Lever Head. 

Step 8 : Repeat steps 1-7 for your other boot. 

Step 9: Be sure to add your T-20 driver and spare screw to your touring repair kit. Its also a good idea to carry your wrenches in case you need to make adjustments in the field.