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Installing brake cable in STI lever

Old 03-19-10, 02:35 PM
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Installing brake cable in STI lever

Does anyone have any tips for installing a new brake inner cable on an Ultegra 6603 left shifter? I think I see the hole where the cable needs to go, but from what I can tell, it has to go downward to get through the rotating barrel that holds the cable end, and then take a sharp turn upward to get to the hole. I'm not sure how I got it in the first time. Maybe luck, or possibly the lever body was not attached to the handlebars at the time.

I tried sliding a small flat blade screwdriver behind the barrel to make a kind of ramp to guide the cable but there wasn't enough room (I do have some other instruments I can try like dental picks though)

Does anyone make anything like electrician's fish tape for control cables? In other words, something that you can thread in from the other end of the housing and use it to grab the end of the new cable and pull it back through.
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Old 03-19-10, 02:44 PM
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In most case yes you do need to remove the STI lever from the handlebar to run the brake cable thou.
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Removing the lever allows you to pull the lever a lot further back, which makes the job a lot easier. Of course, you then have to re-install the lever, which involves lining up the bolt pretty much blind, but every time I do that it seems to get easier.
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You don't have to remove the lever. Just swing the inner shift lever all the way to the inside and that will let you pull the brake lever further back enough to see what you are doing.
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Thanks everyone. Swinging the lever did the trick. Though if you move both levers you get even more room. Now that I think about it, this trick was in the Shimano instructions as well, which I misplaced, so I apologize for not RTFM'ing.
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