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    Can I convert and 8 Speed downtube shifter to 9 Speed?

    I currently have a brand new pair of 8 speed Shimano downtube shifters (running on Kelly Take-Off's) that I am interested in converting to 9 (or 10) speed. Is this possible to do and keep my existing shifters? Would replacing the backing plate accomplish this change? thanks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEBERTIME
    I currently have a brand new pair of 8 speed Shimano downtube shifters (running on Kelly Take-Off's) that I am interested in converting to 9 (or 10) speed. Is this possible to do and keep my existing shifters? Would replacing the backing plate accomplish this change? thanks!!!
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    Thank you Sir!
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    you can run it in friction mode.
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