Beware - MSR Aftermarket Shifter
Posted August 07, 2006 - 02:27 PM
My 2 cents, stay away from any aftermarket aluminum shifters
Posted August 08, 2006 - 12:46 PM
Don your killing me! Two days ago I ordered a new MSR shifter I have not even recieved it yet. Do you think it is a Metalergy problem or a fastener problem? maybe that IMS steel shifter is looking better and better?
I think what happened is it got a little loose on the first ride and by time I stopped on the trail and tightened it, the damage to the splines on the shifter were done and no amount of tightening was going to fix it for long.
I still would not even consider anything but OEM or IMS. When I compare the OEM to the MSR, the MSR appears to be of a softer aluminum grade. I recommend the IMS they have been solid on two other bikes I bought them for.
Posted August 08, 2006 - 03:35 PM
Isn't that your fault then?
Posted August 08, 2006 - 04:08 PM
So what your saying is that you modified it and it failed???
Isn't that your fault then?
I don't think thats what he said and it's not what I said.......... My issue with Aluminum shifters is the fact that the splines do not hold up very well. I've never had issues with bending one.
Posted August 09, 2006 - 08:09 AM
Posted August 09, 2006 - 09:25 AM
Have you guys ever tried "brake snakes". In 3 years of woods racing, I've never had to deal with a bent or loose shifter.
Posted August 09, 2006 - 02:32 PM
I needed a shifter, my stock one like my past WR's gave 2 years of good service but unlike in the past when I have replaced it with the IMS steel one I opted for a MSR aluminum, it looked close to the stock and was a few bucks cheaper. I had tighten the thing every ride from the moment I bolted it on.
Same problem with my MSR shifter as DON.
Posted August 09, 2006 - 05:27 PM
OK, starting to make sense now.
It had already failed at this point. If you've never tried to extend the life of a shifter by doing this, you have not ridden enuf. Sometimes I refer to it as "Welfare Racing"
Posted August 09, 2006 - 11:02 PM
The MSR aluminum is just cast...not forged or milled. The broken pieces looked VERY porous....poor casting.
I got another replacement raptor from MSR, and sold it...used the money to partially fund a switch to ASV levers and perches.
Never a problem since.
Posted August 10, 2006 - 07:28 AM
Posted August 10, 2006 - 09:12 AM
Brake Snakes are cool but I don't see the connection between one of them and stripped splines on a PPS Aluminum shifter.
I don't know this as fact or if this even applies to where you ride...but if you're riding through tall grass or brush occasionally, that tall grass and brush is wedging itself in between your shifter and the case, and applying stress onto your shifter that it was not designed to handle.
I'm not saying that the brake snake will prevent the stripped splines from happening, but it can't hurt either.
Posted August 10, 2006 - 04:38 PM