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Where on earth can I get a Shimano shifter lever cover?

Old 07-19-12, 03:34 AM
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Where on earth can I get a Shimano shifter lever cover?

Hi!

Recently bought a set of Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end shifters (SL-BS78) off eBay in a new, sealed box. However I can't for the life of me find the lever cover for the left lever. It's just a thick washer with some splines inside which goes between the lever and the bar-end mount (Part Y-643 43010 in this schematic: https://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830609202.pdf). I'm pretty sure it's the same part they used on all their bar-end and downtube shifters.

The LBS's in Oslo don't really keep spares - they just open the boxes, mount whatever they need and throw away the rest. I'm on a tight schedule since we're leaving for our summer trip on sunday so I can't browse eBay or wait for shipping overseas.

Does Shimano supply spares like this? Is there a way for me to get the Shimano importer to ship one to a store near me? Or can you think of anything else that would work on my limited time-table?

Thanks in advance if you do!
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Old 07-19-12, 03:46 AM
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If it has a part number, Shimano has it as a spare.
Whether it'll work for your time frame or not I can't tell, but I've ordered several small parts like that through a couple of different LBSes, and never had any trouble. My favourite LBS for tasks like that orders stuff once a week. If I call my order in to them just before their deadline, I can usually get it in 3-5 days.
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A friend is needing a cover for his Shimano & we have been unable to find it, even thru Shimano dealers. Maybe yours is available, though. Good luck.
Try here;
www.jensonusa.com
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Just because Shimano designates a part number doesn't mean that the distributers have the part to sell to your LBS. Do you have access to a mechanic that provides support for Shimano sponsored riders. These mechanics sould be able to source any current Shimano part bypassing the distributers. This part is always used so you can't expect a mechanic to save the part for you from a future build.

You will probably need to contact the seller to resolve this.
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though not in stock, are they seeking them out?

it was 40ish years ago and Campagnolo, not Shimano,
that had a cabinet with a parts book on the customer side,
and little drawers with small parts in them..

Shimano's not so good with spare parts, other than the wear and tear stuff
cassettes chains , chainrings.. Shimano ships boxes..

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I would try Ebay, and filter for Norwegian sellers close enough that you can pick up the part yourself. Look for Shimano downtube shifters that have the necessary part. If you find ones that are curved, instead of flat, you can flatten them with a file. I would offer to send you one myself, but it won't get there soon enough.
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In a pinch, you might be able to bodge something up by grabbing a far more ubiquitous DT lever boss cover, and grinding the curve off it... pretty sure it'll engage with the barend shifter.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions!

An LBS was gracious enough to order one from Shimano - it'll get here just after I leave for my summer trip

In the meantime I found an old Suntour lever that fit right in the pod without a cover. Had to dab the screw in beeswax to hold it in place. Shifts just fine. Hmm... Now I'm thinking of ditching the Shimano altogether and just run Suntour in the back as well.
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