Insane Bicycle Mechanic
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
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Originally Posted by ljg
I've got 9 speed Shimano Bar End shifters on my LHT.
For the last few weeks the rear shifter hasn't been indexing properly. I took a look at it, and the outer black plasic ring at the top of the shift lever was cracked, and fell off when examining it. I turns out the little indexing ring (the one where the 2 little ball bearings sit for indexing is broken in half.
I removed both halves with some *gentle* poking with my *baby* finger.
Anyone know if I can get this indexing ring separately?
I would hate to have to buy new shifters for lots of $$$(they're only a year old - purchase new by me) when I could buy a few dollar part.
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Nope- those parts aren't available separately. Breakage of that sort indicates that the indexing mechanism is completely hosed.
A cheaper fix would be to substitute down-tube shifters on your existing bar-end mounts. 9-speed downtube shifters are still available if you look around:
This looks a little funky, but it will work perfectly. A couple pieces of advice:
Make sure the indexing ring is positioned properly. Shimano calls it a "lever boss cover" in this PDF:
. If the fat tab isn't pointing down, you'll never get the indexing adjusted at all.
Once you've got everything installed, really
tighten the center screw on the right shifter (part #1). If it's not tight enough, it'll let the "index/friction" bail move, and the indexing mechanism will fail again.
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