Date: Sun, 02 May 2004 20:28:00 -0400
From: Hans Lellelid <hplnospam>
Subject: Re: gear shifter broke!

OKOK! wrote: > Yes, > not myself, but remember a friend braking the gear shifter of his 900c 2 > years ago...... > Not sure of the year, but somewhere around 1990 most probably. > Had it welded back on. Yeah, the 91-93/4 shifters seems to be a pretty crazy design; the rod is just welded to the metal ball. I've done a little more research & seen people saying that it tends to break at the welds -- which is exactly what happened to mine. (I tried seeing if the older style shifter would work -- from one that I got at a salvage yard -- but no, no luck there.) I thought of possibly re-welding it, but honestly it looked like it may already have been welded a second time and so I figured the safer route is to get a new replacement (ouch, expensive part). Also, the rubber lining of the slotted plastic ball at the end was all chewed up and mostly lying in pieces at the floor of the gear shifter mechanism, so that part probably needed replacing anyway. I'm hoping that installation should be pretty simple. Mine pulled right out after loosening the 3 torx screws (I left it in neutral). Can anyone tell me if there's any special adjustment that I'd need to perform when installing the new one? The Bentley guide was talking about putting it in 3rd gear and turning some screw thing to callibrate the shifter, but I'm assuming that this wouldn't really apply to this repair & that the new shifter should just drop in -- after putting the plastic ball on, adding some grease, etc(?). Thanks! Hans

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