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Not impressed with Steinjaëger's shift linkage, at all

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  1. Havoc70

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    The shift linkage I ordered from them is huge! Which might be a good thing. But what's not a good thing is that it won't adjust, at all. One end of the linkage is seized completely. The other end was able to adjust, but when I took out the bolt, the bolt was rather rusty and the whole inside of the linkage seems to be covered in it.

    So now my choices are either go to the hardware store and find some threaded rod the same size as my stock linkage and get it cut to size, wait until June 21st (if even then) for my other linkage to arrive, or move the controls back to the middle position which really isn't an option.

    Can't say I'd recommend Stenjaëger's shift linkage at this point, but willing to give their customer service a chance to make it right.

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    Have you tried turning the rear linkage attachment a tooth or two at the shifter shaft? May not be perfect but may get you close enough to wait on the other parts.
     
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    Receiving rusted parts like that is completely unacceptable. If you haven't yet, try adjusting the shifter arm on the shift shaft as @VicVisionBulldog suggested above. Different length threaded heim joints can oftentimes be purchased locally, and certainly online, to add more length to your current shifter arm.

    I may be a bit unclear of exactly what the item is you posted. But I think it's a threaded end that goes on to your current shifter linkage. If not, please advise. The close up picture certainly shows the rust but not exactly what the item is.
     
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  4. Havoc70

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    It's the inside barrel of the "new" shift linkage. Plus it's just too damn big for the bike. I need to know the pitch of the shift rod. I know it's an M6 (6mm) but not sure of the pitch. But, when in doubt, build it yourself. 220mm M6x1.0 rod, 5 LH, and 5 RH helm joints and that should give me more than enough. So now I have an abundance of helm joints, I might just make some to sell.
     
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    That's the weapon of last resort. I don't want to risk messing up the shifting geometry. I have time, my refresher MSF course isn't until June 3rd and 4th.
     
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    I had to move mine when a added a heel/toe shifter. Feels all the same. Just mark it, or it may have aligning dimples if I remember correctly, so if you don't like it or need to return it once you get the parts it will be a known spot. All you need is a 10mm.
     
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    Find someone with a welder. Cut the OEM rod in 2 and add an inch. Sand it down and paint it black or silver.
     
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    Can always just order this for $13.

    Shifter linkage

    210mm seems to be the ticket but you may find 220mm works better.
     
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    The 210 works great on my XCT
     
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    I have one of those arriving somewhen. With shipping from China being as long as it takes, who knows when it will get here. So I have that and I'm building a 220mm Wednesday when the parts get here, so I can decide which on works better.
     
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    So I will say that Steinjaëger's customer service is awesome. They said they'd just refund the rusted (and too large) linkage, no need to send it back. Now that's service.
     
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    So here are the linkages.

    Top: stock extended as much as practical.

    Middle: 210mm off eBay

    Bottom: 220mm I built (not extended at all). I have 9 helm joints left over. Time to make some to hopefully sell to just cover the cost. Mine is machined and made in the USA. 3D7DDCE3-6042-4474-9E02-2C6CADAF42A1.jpeg
     
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    And with the other two adjusted out. B35D272E-5636-45DF-B066-003CDBF52A7E.jpeg
     
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    And linkage installed. The forward jam nut was the hardest part LOL. AD7943E1-A482-4015-A054-175500574960.jpeg
     
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    Some may only measure the rod and not center to center.
    The 210mm on ebay works perfectly for the forward setting.
    Liked it so much I bought two extras for future use.
     

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