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Cables too tight

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21 speed shimano grip shifters very hard to twist, how can I make them easier to operate?…thanks

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If you're saying the shifter itself isn't staying in the selected position and is always relaxing ALL cable tension, you have a defective shifter. Some, like the Grip Shift MRX, seem to rely on the handlebar grip to keep all the guts inside. I know of one where a space developed when the grip slipped outboard a little bit and the shifter parts separated enough for a key piece to fall out.

No one sells the nickel part so you'll probably end up replacing the whole shifter. You may even have to buy a complete set. If you have to go that far and it IS a defective design I'd get a Shimano shifter that works with 6-speeds. Like Revo. Look on eBay.

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I have a 2000 Alero Gx coupe.. Same setup. I had to use some sort of plyers, Grip the stock rubber shift knob, and twist to the left as hard as I could to get it unstuck, then set plyers aside, and unscrewed with my two fingers. Once off, that safety feature and spring slids right off. you can use it with a custom knob, unless you are cutting it down to make a short shifter (Or a short-shifter kit, either way works)
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This is likely because either a) the cable leading from the shifter to the part you are pulling is seized or b) the shifter itself is seized or c) both are seized. You would have to undo the cable from the rear deraileur, pull the inside cable out from the casing from top to bottom. Check it and see if it is rusted or full of crud. Give it a cleaning and spray some light lube down the outer (black) cables, then reinsert the cable. While the cable is undone, it wouldn't hurt to see if you can twist the grip shifters. If they are still tight, then get some lube in the grip shift. Also make sure the rubber grips are not too tight against the shifter. Hope that helps...

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