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Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

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    Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Anyone around this=cambridge, MA area with a snap-ring tool that can help me replace my shift lever?

    Thanks.

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    I have one in waltham that you can use. I only have one of the bits it came with but worse comes to worse they are like 6 bucks at autozone.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    I have one in THIS area...

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    I have one in THIS area...

    Cambridge?

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    I have one also. But don't know what area you speak of.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Go to Sears or any hardware/automotive store. Snap ring pliers are cheap money and essential if you need a pair as you can see.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Like $5.00 at Harbor Freight. Lowes and HD have em also.

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    It'll cost more in gas to have someone meet up with the pliers, than to just pick up a set at a store.

    FYI, he's referring to Cambridge, MA. Not Cambridge, NH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    It'll cost more in gas to have someone meet up with the pliers, than to just pick up a set at a store.

    FYI, he's referring to Cambridge, MA. Not Cambridge, NH.
    Thanks guys. Wasn't much about the tool. I needed help with the process. Wordtooyomomma was going to help me but I got caught up with something else

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Look on youtube, I bet someone has already made a video how-to.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    If you can get to Peabody with your bike I will replace it for you.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Quote Originally Posted by ae View Post
    Cambridge?
    Woops! No, I didn't see the Cambridge part...

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Thanks everyone. Was doing this to recover from a Lowside. But it looks like there is more damage such as bent handlebars / forks.

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    stop crashing

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    stop crashing
    Trying

    So, I might have to wait for a while to get my bike fixed. In the meantime, I did some research and found out that if the front forks are tweaked and not bent, loosening the front fork upper clamp bolts might fix it.

    Is it worth trying this with my complete novice non-existent skills + without a front stand so I can have a bike to commute to work on until I can get it fixed?

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    You can't effectively race a bike with tweaked front end but as long as it's not too severe there's no reason you can't ride it.

    Usually the triples twist, not the forks themselves. They are softer than the forks by design.

    If it's semi-bad they can usually be bent back, GMD can do it for you.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Not racing yet. I have yet to start doing trackdays. PMed GMD to ask for a quote.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Is it a inner or outer snap ring? It makes a difference on the snap ring pliers you buy. No, not like a left-handed monkey wrench either. I have both types over here in "THIS" area with at least four different tip sizes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptk-napalm View Post
    Is it a inner or outer snap ring? It makes a difference on the snap ring pliers you buy. No, not like a left-handed monkey wrench either. I have both types over here in "THIS" area with at least four different tip sizes too.
    Thanks. Unfortunately that is no longer the (only) problem. I might have bent forks/handlebars that need to be fixed. I did replace the lever but the tool I bought from Autozone sucked. And the clip seems a little flimsy. So there is a general bad feeling surrounding the current state of my bike.

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    like i said you can commute on a lightly twisted front end or twisted handlebar... you're not racing it.

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    Re: Snap ring tool / help replacing shift lever (Cambridge)

    Quote Originally Posted by ae View Post
    Thanks. Unfortunately that is no longer the (only) problem. I might have bent forks/handlebars that need to be fixed. I did replace the lever but the tool I bought from Autozone sucked. And the clip seems a little flimsy. So there is a general bad feeling surrounding the current state of my bike.
    As long as the ring is in there snug & not wobbling in the grove it should be fine. Have Peter Kates at GMD check out you forks/handlebars better being safe than sorry.

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