Monday, January 21, 2013
Parts for Retro Parts
I found these old XTR shifters at a buddies garage sale before he split town. I don't even think he charged me for them but I also didn't realize that they didn't have barrel adjusters so getting them to work would be a process. There was a brief tick in time where M950 XTR shifters and M739 XT shifters used a barrel adjuster with an oversized 8mm bolt. M8-0.75 threading to be exact. With no luck tracking down the real items produced for these shifters I was forced to try and dig up some bolts of that size to make some barrels. I combed the internets for a while after a trip to my only descent hardware store turned up nothing. The only thing that came up for that size was a replacement part for a hitachi with no pick and finally....chainring bolts. I fashioned these replacement barrels out of the latter and spent....0.00...save for some food calories and some electricity for the drill and air compressor.