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post #1 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Shift lever clamping bolt upside down ok?

Is it okay to leave the clamping bolt in this way instead? It makes more sense than the default to me, but then why do they do it?
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 03:01 AM
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Can't see any reason why it would be a problem as long as it tightens up the same. Also it won't drop off if it ever comes loose.
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 04:08 AM
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The clamp is only threaded on one side. The bolt must always be installed with nut opposite of threaded end in order to squeeze the ends together.
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 07:32 AM
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Yep. What Willie said. +1
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 07:13 PM
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as long as it clamps tight and the shift arm is as close to 90 degrees to the arm its all good.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 08:28 PM
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What Willie said. The clamp is only threaded in the bottom half of the hole. Otherwise it will not grip on the splines.

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post #7 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 09:13 PM
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Left like that, it is possible that it will spread and slip under hard use, or could even crack and break off.

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post #8 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 10:31 PM
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uhh, it is friday.

uhh, I did mount some new tires tonight and am now celebrating that little victory with craft beer number 3.

uhh, there aint no nut.

there is only a bolt and it went through the open hole, threaded into the side where the threads are and clamped the clamp thingy. The only way to have the bolt on the bottom would be to remove the bolt, remove the arm, rotate the arm, put the pivot like it belongs to make the rod thingy straight, then the bolt thingy would go in from the bottom.

(Edited for a moment of clarity between beers 3 and 4.)
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 10:52 PM
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And....uhhh, the bike is going to shift 1 up and 5 down the way you have it.

I think?

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post #10 of 13 Old 05-11-2018, 10:57 PM
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You better fix this....I think.

When you click down you will be in second.....then the bike will lug and take off. then if you wind out second you will lift up on the lever and hit first......which might get exciting.

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