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Difficulty threading new cable in 8 speed 105 sti lever (front lever)

Old 08-13-13, 12:03 PM
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Difficulty threading new cable in 8 speed 105 sti lever (front lever)

Is there some trick to this? I was able to thread the cable in the rear lever with no trouble whatsoever, but on the front I can't seem to get it to go. Anyone else have this trouble? I can get the tip through the first hole, but can't get it to thread through the cable hole in the face plate. If I sight through from the housing port, I can see light, so I don't believe I have an assembly problem. I thought about removing the cover and threading the two parts separately, but putting the cover back on with the cable in place appears to be impossible.

Help! I am most vexed. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-13, 01:43 PM
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Update - solved.

I hadn't realized the lever was gummed up and wasn't shifting into the correct position for threading the cable. Disassembled, cleaned with penetrating oil, works like a charm, cable went right in.
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