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Old 01-27-23, 06:50 PM
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Creaky Retrofriction Shifter

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My rear Retrofiction shifter has started to creak when pulling the shifter towards me. I removed the shifter from the mount, removed all of the washers, and sprayed it out with WD40 and it still creaks. I tried dripping some penetrating oil onto the spring as best as I could and it still creaks. The only parts I can't remove from the shifter body are the spring and the pressed in bushing.

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Old 01-27-23, 06:56 PM
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Might be the cable catching-and-releasing in a bit of housing, or perhaps a braze-on guide.
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Originally Posted by oneclick View Post
Might be the cable catching-and-releasing in a bit of housing, or perhaps a braze-on guide.
Good idea! I'll dig around a bit more.

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The sound is definitely coming from the shifter

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Old 01-27-23, 09:34 PM
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I think when I rehabbed a couple Retrofrictions I used a small socket and a hammer to gently tap out the bushing, and then was able to get the spring out. Getting it completely apart, cleaned, lightly greased and back together might help. But I also wonder if it could actually be the clamp? Like maybe it's developing a crack somewhere and slightly loosening up so it's 'creaking' against the downtube... (hopefully not!)
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I made a video:

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That's just your arthritis!
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That's just your arthritis!
Haha could be!
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Originally Posted by ehcoplex View Post
I think when I rehabbed a couple Retrofrictions I used a small socket and a hammer to gently tap out the bushing, and then was able to get the spring out. Getting it completely apart, cleaned, lightly greased and back together might help. But I also wonder if it could actually be the clamp? Like maybe it's developing a crack somewhere and slightly loosening up so it's 'creaking' against the downtube... (hopefully not!)
Thanks for the advice. Iíll probably give that a shot.
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After it's clean, skip WD-40
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After it's clean, skip WD-40
will do
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