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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.

    Has anyone done a similar transplant?

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    I've never done it, but it shouldn't be a problem. Rivendell sells shifter pods for the same reason that you want them. Rivendell's are suppose to be Shimano knockoffs. http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...ts-pair/17-068
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    I'd be surprised if it works; Shimano would have been a bit more benevolent than usual to make them compatible.

    But why not just try transplanting one? Not a hard job.

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    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?

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    If you were really lucky, it'd be possible to simply swap the single component with the indexing detents on it.

    Unfortunately, I doubt reality's so convenient.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    The shift lever will fit the bar-end "pod".
    Hey, nice going, Shimano.

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    I've mounted 10-speed Shimano down-tube shifters on 9-speed bar-end "pods" without any problem. Sorry, but I have no idea about compatibility in earlier 8 or 6 speed versions.

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    I have two bikes with six-speed down-tube levers mounted on Dura-Ace nine-speed bar-end pods. Works just fine. Jeff Wills' advice above regarding the lever boss covers is spot on.

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    Awesome, thanks all! I'll give it a try.

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