Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: 1954 Hetchins M.O., 1959 Viking Severn Valley, 1970 Raleigh Pro, 1972 Fuji "The Finest", 1974 Raleigh Superbe&Comp, 1976 Raleigh Team Pro, 1996 Giant Iguana, 2000 Bob Jackson Arrowhead
Originally Posted by screaminDOHC
Or would I be better off just upgrading the derailuer and keeping the friction shifting?
That would be my vote. Find a Sun Tour derailleur, and possibly some indexed/friction downtube shifters. Spreading it out to work with a 7 speed would take minimal effort an expense. Add appropriate spacers and a 7 speed freewheel that is compatible with the shifters - make sure the dish on the rear wheel is correct, throw on a 7 speed chain, and you're good to go (although I would also suggest having the rear dropouts properly cold set to ensure alignment is consistently perfect).
Going to 9-speed? Huge waste of time and $$$ on that old Grand Prix.
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