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Trying to replace fr & rear shifter cables can not get hand shifter apart to put in new cable

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You shouldn't have to disassemble the shift levers. Remove the cable from the cable clamp at the business end. Push the cable a bit toward the shift lever. The little barrel end of the cable at the lever end should raise itself out of the lever, then you can just pull the whole cable out. Make sure your replacement cable and cable sleeve are about the same length as the originals. The new cable can be longer because you can cut it off later, but the cable sleeve should be pretty close to the same length as the original - maybe 1/4 inch longer would be ok.

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