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Old 03-31-09, 12:51 AM   #1
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Shimano Deore LX shifters tech help

so i just bought a bike with shimano deore lx shifters:


my question being; can you take off the shift indicator thing and run without it?

i looked at the manuals, by the schematics it looks like you can take it off and plug the hole with something to keep dirt out. but not being anywhere near sure i dont want to take anything apart, especially with a ride coming up tomorrow haha.

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Old 03-31-09, 01:19 AM   #2
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so i just bought a bike with shimano deore lx shifters:


my question being; can you take off the shift indicator thing and run without it?

i looked at the manuals, by the schematics it looks like you can take it off and plug the hole with something to keep dirt out. but not being anywhere near sure i dont want to take anything apart, especially with a ride coming up tomorrow haha.

thanks.
It probably can be done, but like you said you need to plug the hole. Seems kinda a waste to remove a kinda handy function. How about buying some model paint (or spraypaint) in gloss black or silver and painting over the window, if you find it distracting? If you disassemble it and paint the window separate, it should look fairly decent.

Will hurt the resale value of the shifters, though. And if you just got it from an LBS, they may not want to do repairs on it after you've modified it.
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yes, you can you take off the shift indicator thing and run without it.
use duct tape to cover the holes, do it neatly and no one would notice.
or you would like to trade it for an SLX, they include a nice covering piece underneath the indicator after you remove it.
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I want to do exactly the same, it's getting in the way of where I want to put my brakes levers and I don't really see the point in having it either. I'm just worried about blocking the hole, if I use duct tape or something I don't want to end up screwing up the internals with it.
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Remove those two screws and it should come right off. And there might be a cap behind the section where the indicator, if there is, you put that over the spot and use those same two screws to fasten it down.
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Remove those two screws and it should come right off. And there might be a cap behind the section where the indicator, if there is, you put that over the spot and use those same two screws to fasten it down.
that's if you have SLX or XT sets.
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