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Is it possible to rebuild Shimano Dura Ace Shifters?(6 posts)

Is it possible to rebuild Shimano Dura Ace Shifters?Cherry1
Feb 17, 2002 5:12 AM
Theoretically no; practically maybe,TJeanloz
Feb 17, 2002 8:16 AM
Dura-Ace shifters are not designed to be rebuilt by the consumer, retail mechanic, or Shimano USA service center. Shimano in Japan probably has a guy who can rebuild them.

That being said, it's just a mechanical device- and if you can take it apart, you might be able to put it back together- think Swiss watch. You will probably find that the aggrevation is not worth the $250 that new levers would cost you. Spare parts are also not readily available, so while it might be interesting to rebuild them, you can't really put any new parts in, so I wouldn't think that performance would be improved. You can purchase the whole 'blade', including the shift mechanism, but it costs almost as much as the shifter.

The short answer is don't even try it, the long answer is, if you have plenty of time, good hands and good eyes, it might be a fun challenge.
Can the return spring be replaced? mine rattle(nm)jim hubbard
Feb 17, 2002 10:41 AM
Can the return spring be replaced? mine rattle(nm)Samcat
Feb 17, 2002 12:11 PM
About as easy as doing a hemorrhoidectomy on a gnat...

re: Is it possible to rebuild Shimano Dura Ace Shifters?Stanley
Feb 17, 2002 3:17 PM
I have a friend who does this regularly. He works as a medical technician. Hence he has the gear. The whole thing can be rebuilt but you will need the toools and alot of skill. p.s they work better after he has worked on them. replaces springs, moving parts etc.
Yeah... it's called buying Campy next time (nm)pin-pin
Feb 17, 2002 10:27 PM