GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby QuangVuong » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:27 pm

600 guide is up!
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Look out for a 5600 series guide soon!
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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby Scrouchy123 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:38 am

Hi All, My first post - great thread this. Quang Vuong - How did you get the 105 levers so polished up, what did you use / how did you get them so clean - electric polisher? or just elbow grease, a rag and chrome cleaner??
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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby QuangVuong » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:58 pm

All polished by hand. I usually polish the lever when it is dismantled from the rest of the body. I get some 240 or 400 grit paper and sand down the anodising, then work my way up to 1200 or 2000 grit papers. After that I clamp it and get some Autosol and a rag and begin polishing. You can check out a video of this in my Centurion Carbon R thread.
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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby maDKient » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:38 pm

Mate come over and help me clean up my bike too.

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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby mark field » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:38 pm

QuangVuong wrote:That would be useful for everyone.

And I would be able to do a more indepth one for the next shifters(most likely if someone needs a repair). This time around it was quite explorative and ai didn't really take pics of every single step.


i think you have done a superb job, only problem is im now going to have to search ebay so i get my hands on a set and put your guide to good use. im feeling the restoring bug again. thanks for your effort, it is very much appreciated.
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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby RonK » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:34 am

Spotted this Shimano techdoc which may be useful. It covers installation and maintenance of ST-6510, ST-5500-CA, ST-5510 and ST-R600 levers.
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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby PomBike » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:15 am

RonK wrote:Spotted this Shimano techdoc which may be useful. It covers installation and maintenance of ST-6510, ST-5500-CA, ST-5510 and ST-R600 levers.


Useful, thanks...

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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby highplainsdrifter » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:51 pm

Hey QuangVuong,

Your pictorials on these sti levers are great.

Helped me get a set of RX100's working again and fix a droopy brake lever on a ST6600 set I just got off ebay.

I noticed in this one, it's a Flight Deck set. Did you remove the Flight Deck parts before the petrol submersion or did you just sacrifice the the Flight Deck for the sake of getting it going again.

Also an ultrasonic cleaner may be another way of cleaning these brifters. Aldi have them from time to time for a reasonable price.

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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby Leaf T » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:23 pm

Thanks for the great post QV. I have some old 105 shifters on an old longstaff bike that will need this job done some day.

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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby Mickey1980 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:24 pm

Great piece of info, mate! I have done the same with my old Sora shifters. Meanwhile I managed to round a tiny hex bolt that is holding the brake axle. Any ideas how that can be fixed? Appreciate any thoughts.

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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby QuangVuong » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:06 pm

What part do you mean by the brake axle? Do you have a picture?
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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby Duck! » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:21 pm

That would be the pivot pin that holds the lever assembly in the hood body. The retaining grubscrew has a tendency to bind in the hood body and is easily rounded out. Use the sharpest-edged 2mm allen key you can find, and tap it right into the screw to find some remnant corners then very gently ease it out.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.

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Re: GUIDE: Repairing Shimano 105(5500) STI Levers

Postby Mickey1980 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:44 am

Duck! wrote:That would be the pivot pin that holds the lever assembly in the hood body. The retaining grubscrew has a tendency to bind in the hood body and is easily rounded out. Use the sharpest-edged 2mm allen key you can find, and tap it right into the screw to find some remnant corners then very gently ease it out.

Thanks, mate! Didn't work in my case, but I managed to pull out brake lever and dis-assemble and clean the mech. Was not as convenient, but manageable.

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