Join Date: May 2008
Location: west yorkshire, england
the FG hub differs from the AG in that it's low gear pawls are cylindrical plungers, these are better than the hairsprung pawls which have rusted away to nothing in an FW i finally managed to aqquire through Ebay. Ebay is a good bet to find a four speed shifter but you can make an "Ersatz" shifter out of an old handlebar derailleur (spits) shifter. It must be the non index friction type like for a front mech. you will need an inch diameter washer which bolts onto the top of the shifter using the friction adjuster bolt and a sturmey archer pinch bolt cable clamp that threads onto the toggle. i presume your FG has the indicator rod/toggle chain so heres what you do- thread the cable, set the shifter to the lowest point, screw the toggle into the barrel and take up the slack but not enough to be pulling on the toggle. If the shifter's lever has a dot on it (if it doesn't then centre punch one) then centre punch or file a notch into the washer on top of the shifter to mark its position, you now have a mark for 4th gear. move the shifter all the way to 1st and make another mark, that's 1st gear. now move the shifter back and watch the indicator rod in the left hand end of the hub axle, when the indicator rod's end is exactly level with the end of the axle you are in 2nd gear, punch or notch the washer to show this position. then move the shifter back and watch for the groove in the indicator rod, when this lines up with the axle's end this is 3rd, mark this position on the washer. you're done, a four speed shifter on the cheap! be precise with gear changes as the four speed has a no gear position between 1-2 and 3-4 and a very strong spring to pull against to shift to 1st! good luck. matt.