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Old 05-02-08, 10:43 AM   #1
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need help -installing RSX shimano road shifters

I have completely redone my 7 yr old bike and it's almost ready to roll... de gunked - fresh coat of white lightning lube -new wheels and Conti Gatorskins - then I jump on and the rear shifter doesn't engage with the cable - tried to take it apart and figure out what the problem is and the unit doesn't appear to be fixable.. so... I ordered and have just received an identical set of rebuilt 7 spped Shimano STI shifters... and they need to go on... I can't even figure out how to detach the cables from the old shifters!! And I'm pretty good with mechanical things... I have a complete set of tools and just need some instruction or advice from someone who's done this before...

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Basically, you just push the cable from the wrong end. The shifter has to be in the smallest cog position to remove the shift cable. Sometimes you need to give the formed end a bit of help with a needlenose plier or something like that.
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... thanks for the quick reply... i suppose it's the same for the brake cable? ... Is there a link to a instruction set with pictures - or even an instructional video - maybe that's asking a bit much... I am a bit cautious about messing up my cables or shifters... only one way to do it right - and a million to make it worse....
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I'm in the process of working with some RSX 7-speed stuff right now. Just squeeze the brake levers a little bit, and the hole where the shift cable anchors is revealed on the outer side of the lever. Then, like RG says, just push the cable back through in reverse. See photos:





BTW - I'd be interested in finding out where you bought the rebuilt levers.
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... thanks for the quick reply... i suppose it's the same for the brake cable? ... Is there a link to a instruction set with pictures - or even an instructional video - maybe that's asking a bit much... I am a bit cautious about messing up my cables or shifters... only one way to do it right - and a million to make it worse....
Brakes work the same way -- free the cable at the brake end and then just push the cable back through. If you squeeze the brake lever all the way down and look deep inside, you'll see the nub of the cable anchor.
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Awesome - thanks - I got the new levers installed and just need to calibrate them.

I bought the rebuilt shifters on e-bay -the guy who rebuilt them is keen on getting my old pair for parts...

his email address is jrmcvey@aol.com

My winning bid on the pair was $105
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