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Do shifters wear out or lose there....whatever it is... they have that makes them make a good crisp shift?

I was just wondering before I stick my new grips on if I should changeout my shifters. 2005 Shimano Rapid Fire ST shifter/brakes. I ride bike 2-3 times a week. It shifts good...but you know some things that wear out slowly you don't know until you get new ones and see the difference. So I was just wondering if there was a tell tell sign of them needing changing.

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Well, it's been six hours Jeff, and no reply.
I hesitate to inform cuz there is a huge tendency on MTBR for there to be a pissin' match between posters- far too much contrariness for the sake of- an epidemic of trolling rather than wealth of information available otherwise some high count regulars would have answered by now.
With the rant over, your shifters should be fine. Yes, they do wear out -some faster than others- but you should be fine sticking with what you have.
What makes a HUGE difference is having your cables and housing in very good shape. When these get worn is where you have a subtle increase in friction; every switch out to new and you get the (almost) new feeling back in your indexing shifts. If you have the cash to consider whether you need new ones or not, I would rather put that dough toward quality H&Cs. Maybe something with a continuous liner: ilinks, or Gore, etc.

This makes more sense in the effort and crispness you want as an on-going experience when you are riding.
I have many index shifters going on ten years plus (XTs use ball bearing shift plates, LX are just bushings, but if kept clean they will last quite a while i.e).
 

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Thanks Grand Salmon

I will take your advice. Thanks. I did notice a big difference in the lined housings that I got when I converted brakes to BB7's. I think they are the SRAM lined housings, very smooth :D . RaceFace Good N Evils going on tomorrow :thumbsup:

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Do agree replacing housing and cable is usually the first place to go. The Acera shifters are all plastic and do wear out in a few years. You can shoot some lube inside at the pivot, if it gets better time for shifter replacement. :thumbsup:

Post some porn of the new bitz. :rockon:
 

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Sorry, 1 more different subject.

See the fork in my sig. I think it has some oil in it. Can I hang bike upside down in garage with this fork without any ill effects, a leak or something?

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Jeff in Ga. said:
See the fork in my sig. I think it has some oil in it. Can I hang bike upside down in garage with this fork without any ill effects, a leak or something?

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Yes you can hang it upside down, you may get a slight seep or sign of oil around tube when pushed down and up which would be considered normal. When you first ride it after being hung you might notice the forks are more active because the seals get lubricated. :thumbsup:
 

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Jeff in Ga. said:
See the fork in my sig. I think it has some oil in it. Can I hang bike upside down in garage with this fork without any ill effects, a leak or something?

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If you have the room, you are better off hanging the bike from it's front wheel on the wall of your garage. Hanging the bike upside down can cause an oil loss in your fork as you are experiencing.
 

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Jill is correct. I am using the RS Revelation dual air and I learned the hard way. Leaving my bike upside down twice. This caused the fork to actually lock up. I had to tear it apart to get it working again.
 

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Finally replaced cables!!!!!!!

Haven't ridden much this summer. Finally got around to replacing cables and jackets. WOW you were right :thumbsup: I can't believe how smooth and effortless my shifting is now!!!!!!!! I should not have waited near as long as I did to replace them. Shifts just like a brand new bike again :D . My shifters are fine...with good cables :D

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