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Old 05-09-2012, 03:12 PM
clivecoo clivecoo is offline
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I fitted a grease nipple to mine, should be a factory item.

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Old 05-10-2012, 05:37 AM
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Very interesting mod, and damn practical too.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by clivecoo View Post
I fitted a grease nipple to mine, should be a factory item....
Good idea! I've been kind of thinking along those lines for next time I go "in there".

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Old 06-01-2012, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Pretbek View Post
I understand grease should be used, with that center groove and all, but I used a thin layer of moly paste. We will see how that goes.

Still enjoying how light and smooth the shifting is now.
To get back to all on this item: Moly doesn't work so well.

After one month and about a dozen deep muddy puddle crossings the shifter is sticky again.
This time I will clean it and use the regular grease that I should have used in the first place, in stead of moly paste.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:14 PM
burnedstar burnedstar is offline
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Glad I found this thread!

I added a grease nipple as per Clivecoo (in my hall of fame mod now )

And also followed the recommendation from Retro Rocketeer to adjust the pedal.

Wow! what an improvement!
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:22 PM
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I just did this today as my V started shifting poorly awhile ago. As stated, a huge improvement. Thanks to you all for contributing these posts. Recommend doing this for anyone with shifting troubles.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:25 PM
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+ 1 on timberdogs comments, took all of half an hour and the difference now is amazing no more missed gears or false selections. 5 thumbs up.

Just curious on the 'Nipple Mod' I'm assuming you need to tap the hole and cut a thread for it.. did you need to file anything off the threaded end of the nipple to allow it to sit so neatly. (does it protrude though?)

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Old 04-14-2014, 01:58 PM
doctorbrody doctorbrody is offline
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5 minute version: I just pulled the foot peg off and sprayed some WD-40 in the hole. A bunch of black crud came out, and the shifter is much smoother. Good enough!
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:02 AM
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As I didn't have much tools with me, I just pulled the rubber boots off the ball joint and squirt some ipone chain lube in. Haven't had the problem again ever since!!

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