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Shimano bar end shifters - will they take Shimano DT shifter levers?
I have a set of Shimano SL-BS64 8-speed bar-end shifters. From their appearance, it seems that the pods would accept any standard DT shifter levers. Does anyone know this to be true? I would love to install the pods on an old road bike of mine that has an old 6-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain, with 6-speed indexed 105 DT shifters. It would be wonderful if I could transplant the shifters into the bar end pods.
southpawboston, I just took a quick look at both my BE shifters and DT shifters. Without actually making a swap (your job ) I'm not sure that the cable guide in the BE shifter body will line up... maybe?
The shift lever will fit the bar-end "pod". Take a look at this PDF: http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830628723.pdf
The important part is the "lever boss cover". Keep the one from the bar-end shifters. It's different from the ones on most downtube shifters. Its orientation needs to be correct, too- the fat tab should point down when you bolt it all together. If it doesn't, it'll index, but only for a couple clicks.
Also, tighten the center screw very tight.If it comes loose, it will allow the "friction/index" switch to fall between the two settings. This can ruin the shifter.