Aargh!! Like an EEDIOT, I took the little black screw off the front of my right-hand/rear Shimano Sora 8-Speed brifter and took the little black plastic cap of the assembly. Now, I've spent several hours trying to line things up and put everything back together, but I just cannot make it work. It either jams or it does not ratchet from one gear up to the next.
I can make everything work with the black plastic cap off by holding the little spring back and shifting gears. I can see how the molded cap is suppose to hold that spring back and align it so everything shifts right, but when I screw everything back together with the cap on, it does work right.
I've looked through the archives and seen where some folks say that you just cannot reassemble a brifter, that once you pull the bonehead move of taking things apart, the brifter is toast. But, I called my LBS and they told me they could put everything back together. I figure if they can do it, so can I, if someone can tell me how.
So, any of you figured out the secret to this operation? If anyone can help, please let me know. If I can figure this out, I'll probably write it up in Cycloculture (http://cycloculture.blogspot.com/), so this could be your ticket to (very little) fame and (absolutely no) fortune.
Thanks in advance.