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    Converting XTR front shifter to dropper lever Graves style

    So i've been running 1x10 for 2 years now and my collection of front shifters is well, just collecting dust. And after seeing Jared Graves setup on his bike, I was inspired.

    I use the KS Lev on my Mojo HD, I love it. The switch/lever though I do not. I crashed riding my moto years ago and broke my left thumb into the 2nd joint, so I have limited angles to comfortably deal within.

    I first removed the cap/body, and then used a dremel to remove the top ( only the top ) of the rivet which serves as the fulcrum/pivot for the key which is spring loaded and pushes the key into notches in the main body driven by the large shift lever. Once the rivet's head was ground off, I pryed up the plate, removed the spring, and key and put everything back together. I dremel'd off the secondary short lever as I wasn't willing to remove the main central rivet/assembly that everything revolves around. Another nice attribute, is the fact that it has a barrel adjuster with decent range on it.

    I put it back together, and the xtr large lever throw matches the KS Lev dead on. The lever provides a lot more leverage and it is so smooth. I can't believe I haven't done this earlier.. it is sooo much more comfortable... anyways, attached are a few shots.

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    Converting XTR front shifter to dropper lever Graves style

    Great write up. I've been running a gutted x9 front shifter to activate my Thomson post. It works a treat.

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    Nice, I have a used XO front 2 speed shifter. I took it apart, and I think it is probably easier to convert than the xtr was, but everything else is xtr on the bike so I had to... : )

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    Converting XTR front shifter to dropper lever Graves style

    Sounds like SRAM is easier but I'd do the same as you if it was a shimano build.

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    For anybody with the KS seat posts , they have introduced the SouthPaw to serve the same purpose as above.

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    Does anybody have a link to a detailed description of how to do this with a SRAM shifter?

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    I was able to do this mod on an old X7 2x10 shifter. I pulled off the upper housing and then carefully ground off the ratchet tooth with a dremel. Reassembled. Works like a charm.

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    Awesome. Good description of process, but I still wish there was a video...

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    Hmm, I may give this a shot. I agree, some pictures/video would be awesome if anyone's got them!

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    Any reason an SLX shifter wouldn't work for this? I haven't pulled one apart before, but would imagine it's pretty similar to an XT/XTR just different materials.

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    SLX should work as well... I would imagine almost any shifter could be converted if its cable throw is in the ball park.

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    Has anyone done a pic by pic how to?

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    I forgot to take pics, but I followed this "guide" and it's working great. It was a bit tricky to reassemble because of a couple springs that need to be tensioned, but pretty straight forward process.

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    So, I'm trying to do this with an old M660 but I think I may have exploding the piece too much. I can't seem to find a diagram to put it all together and I was hoping someone in this thread might be able to direct me to the correct place.

    I also have an old XT shifter I can use but I don't want to destroy it without seeing how a few took theirs apart step by step.

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    props

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    the shifter idea is cool...I like it.
    but Da Peach deserves some props for that epic python video!

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    hey rodeoj, when you made the switch from KS lever to XTR shifter, did you have to use a new cable or did the old one work?

    also, is the new lever-feel very light? I kind of like the firm feedback of the stubby KS lever, though I basically hate the ergonomics & placement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris.george View Post
    So, I'm trying to do this with an old M660 but I think I may have exploding the piece too much. I can't seem to find a diagram to put it all together and I was hoping someone in this thread might be able to direct me to the correct place.

    I also have an old XT shifter I can use but I don't want to destroy it without seeing how a few took theirs apart step by step.
    If you remove the cover off the XT, you should be able to see how it all fits back together. I made the mistake of starting the project without enough time to finish and had to wait a day to put it all back together. In that time, I had forgotten how it all fit and spent a lot of time on day 2 trying to find the proper order. The guys are all about the same, so just pop the cover off your "spare" and give it a look.

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    Converting XTR front shifter to dropper lever Graves style

    Quote Originally Posted by mayonays View Post
    If you remove the cover off the XT, you should be able to see how it all fits back together. I made the mistake of starting the project without enough time to finish and had to wait a day to put it all back together. In that time, I had forgotten how it all fit and spent a lot of time on day 2 trying to find the proper order. The guys are all about the same, so just pop the cover off your "spare" and give it a look.
    Thanks for getting back to me. I ruined a few trying to figure out how to get a few clips off, didn't even come close.

    No big deal, I learned some of the mechanics at least and they were just sitting in my spare parts bucket.

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    Sorry for cross-posting, trying to do a similar mod, cannot figure out how to disassemble my XT shifter. Took off the cover, but what is next? Thanks!Converting XTR front shifter to dropper lever Graves style-img_20140923_211504.jpg

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    We the people ... X9 and KS LEV

    Just did this with an X9 shifter. Took it apart too far and spent an hour trying to figure it all out. Ended up having to wiggle the ratchet ring out and it works like a charm.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vtje View Post
    Sorry for cross-posting, trying to do a similar mod, cannot figure out how to disassemble my XT shifter. Took off the cover, but what is next? Thanks!Click image for larger version. 

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    I have the same issue...didn't want to butcher it before asking questions. I'm using an XTR lever, and I bet it's similar construction.

    BTW, I did find this article which gives a bit more detail of the overall process. And this video shows how to remove the opposite cover. It's just hard to figure out how the actuator mechanism comes apart.
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    I have a LEV and wired up my XTR shifter w/o modding it. It works flawlessly with very light actuation. That being said, the LEV seems to have the shortest lever throw of any dropper I've dealt with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark 73 View Post
    I have a LEV and wired up my XTR shifter w/o modding it. It works flawlessly with very light actuation. That being said, the LEV seems to have the shortest lever throw of any dropper I've dealt with.
    Interesting...how do you prevent ratcheting? These levers either have a 2 or 3 position ratchet and the only way to release it from position 2 or 3 is to use the release lever.
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    The post releases before the ratchet engages. Cable tension is critical but the inline adjuster helps with fine tuning. I set the initial tension to where the post won't lock and then backed it off slightly. If the lever is accidentally pushed too far (not really an issue after minimal seat time with it) its just a matter of pulling the release trigger. KS and Specialized now both offer under the bar shifter style levers which are lighter and purpose built. I already had the lever laying around so I just used it instead.

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