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    me have long head tube TallRider's Avatar
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    possible to buy plastic caps/covers for Shimano 5500 STI levers?

    I've lost/broken both plastic caps on my Shimano 105 9-speed STI levers. These are mostly cosmetic (although serve a small role as dust covers for the shifter rachet mechanism).
    Here's a picture of the levers, back when the caps were still alive on the levers.

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    I wouldn't expect a pair of these to cost more than $10 or $15, but the problem now is that they are old/rare, so may cost more.

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    me have long head tube TallRider's Avatar
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    yup. thanks. I guess $16 for a pair isn't far off what I'd expect.

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    I think those are the same as one set of mine. I can't figure out how to remove the caps. Both of my caps are present but one is loose but there are no visible screws. Any ideas how to remove it so I can hopefully tighten it down?
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    they are just press-fit plastic. if they start to become loose, it's because the plastic is worn or stretched - no real way to tighten it down aside from getting a new one

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallRider View Post
    These are mostly cosmetic (although serve a small role as dust covers for the shifter rachet mechanism).
    Actually the bit they cover isn't at all sensitive to dust, so purely cosmetic.

    Quote Originally Posted by TallRider View Post
    no real way to tighten it down aside from getting a new one
    Prise the cover off (bottom first, IIRC), stick a little blob of blu-tack in there, pop it back, voila.

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