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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Amazing aftermarket zip tie mod!

This must have cut my shift times down by at least 0.43 sec!


So here's my short story. During a normal downshift into first gear, as I was parking at work, the part of my gear shift lever that goes under the toe snapped off leaving me with just the shaft of the lever to shift with. Not fun, and kinda painful. So I rigged up this zip tie mod that worked alright. Thankfully, I now have a replacement lever ($71 later, damn stealerships!!!)and will try to get that on tonight. I'll take any tips I can get on making it easier (locktight makes getting bolts off very hard!!!)
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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 09:13 AM
 
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Was this just to get you home?



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Well it happened on Tuesday so I rode home after that and then I rode to work and back yesterday as well cuz I couldn't use the cage. I just tried to take back roads that don't have lots of traffic so that I could just focus on shifting very carefully.
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post #4 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 09:17 AM
 
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Yeah I can see that being pretty dangerous. You coulda drilled out the end and put a bolt in there for a little better temp. fix.



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post #5 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 09:20 AM
 
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Dude, that's waaaaaaaay aftermarket. On the verge of ghetto.
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Yeah I thought of that but I don't have any drill bits here at work and I don't even have a drill at home (yet).
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Yeah I can see that being pretty dangerous. You coulda drilled out the end and put a bolt in there for a little better temp. fix.
I would have used standard bolt for a temp fix.
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Any tips for breaking locktite? I bruised my hand trying to break a 6mm allen bolt loose and still couldn't get it.
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Yeah I thought of that but I don't have any drill bits here at work and I don't even have a drill at home (yet).

Should have told me, I could have hooked you up with a drill and a bit.
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Locktite can be a royal pain in the ass. For most parts (like rearsets, clip-ons, etc, I've gone to using "anti-seize" instead. Haven't had a problem.

By the way, you need to patent that invention..."Disposable Temp Shift" to carry on your bike for just such emergencies
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Locktite can be a royal pain in the ass. For most parts (like rearsets, clip-ons, etc, I've gone to using "anti-seize" instead. Haven't had a problem.
Yeah, all I can think is that I need the mother of all 6mm and 8mm allen wrenches and a super strong skinny pipe for leverage.

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By the way, you need to patent that invention..."Disposable Temp Shift" to carry on your bike for just such emergencies
Haha, I'd get sued after the first person got 2 zip ties in the mail!:BAHA:
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Any tips for breaking locktite? I bruised my hand trying to break a 6mm allen bolt loose and still couldn't get it.
Use heat, like a propane torch to heat up the threads.
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Should have told me, I could have hooked you up with a drill and a bit.
I didn't even think of that. You don't happen to have a set of unbreakable allen wrenches and a vise do you???
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I didn't even think of that. You don't happen to have a set of unbreakable allen wrenches and a vise do you???
No vise, but I have an allen set, a propane torch and some gloves. That should get it loose.
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No vise, but I have an allen set, a propane torch and some gloves. That should get it loose.
Excellent! Yeah I just read that loctite requires heat or Chuck Norris to break loose.
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the vise is in my garage... medium bench top unit. It's not bolted down yet, you could borrow it and bring it back.
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Hmmm...well with a torch we may be able to do it without the vise, I don't know. I was thinking a vise because I was going to take the whole peg/shift lever mount off to get at the main bolt which is on the back and in a very inconvenient location for working on due to the chain etc. But if I did need it we could make this a GR TWF project!
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Both of you have my cell # call if you need it.
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Excellent! Yeah I just read that loctite requires heat or Chuck Norris to break loose.
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This must have cut my shift times down by at least 0.43 sec!


So here's my short story. During a normal downshift into first gear, as I was parking at work, the part of my gear shift lever that goes under the toe snapped off leaving me with just the shaft of the lever to shift with. Not fun, and kinda painful. So I rigged up this zip tie mod that worked alright. Thankfully, I now have a replacement lever ($71 later, damn stealerships!!!)and will try to get that on tonight. I'll take any tips I can get on making it easier (locktight makes getting bolts off very hard!!!)

$71 I paid $20 plus shipping on ebay for mine brand new.
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