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I'm not too wild about the excessive "slop" in the foot brake and shift levers. Has anyone come up with a solution to reduce that side-to-side wobble in the levers? I was thinking maybe a thin spring washer might help.

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Mine has no excess play; have you checked other bikes at the dealer?

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Mine does too. I keep trying to remember to check other bikes at the dealership. I thought maybe a teflon bushing was left out or something.
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For the sake of clarity, what is the measured limit above which we consider it excessive? I'm sure they all have to have a bit of movement.

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I just got back from my local dealer and all of the Cross bikes and Visions had varying amounts of slop in the brake and shift levers. My guess is that the pivot bolt holding these things on can vary in tightness (depending on the torque setting of the air guns during assembly?) and a tighter bolt results in less play on the lever. I'm going to take a closer look at mine tonight and see if I can tighten things up a little. If I can't, I've already found super thin mylar washers at my local Ace Hardware that I can use to take up the slop.

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I just got back from my local dealer and all of the Cross bikes and Visions had varying amounts of slop in the brake and shift levers. My guess is that the pivot bolt holding these things on can vary in tightness (depending on the torque setting of the air guns during assembly?) and a tighter bolt results in less play on the lever. I'm going to take a closer look at mine tonight and see if I can tighten things up a little. If I can't, I've already found super thin mylar washers at my local Ace Hardware that I can use to take up the slop.
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I just got back from my local dealer and all of the Cross bikes and Visions had varying amounts of slop in the brake and shift levers. My guess is that the pivot bolt holding these things on can vary in tightness (depending on the torque setting of the air guns during assembly?) and a tighter bolt results in less play on the lever. I'm going to take a closer look at mine tonight and see if I can tighten things up a little. If I can't, I've already found super thin mylar washers at my local Ace Hardware that I can use to take up the slop.
You are heading in the right direction, John. Over the (many) years, I have had to solve the same problem and I did it the same way you are doing -with spring washers and/or nylon washers. I have some slop in my bike, but it has no effect on my riding and use the shifter a lot, especially in the twisties.

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Well, here's what I've found. The pivot bolts holding the brake and shift lever arms on are shoulder bolts. The nuts on those bolts bottom out against the shoulder and you can't tighten them any more. I guess this is so that they cannot be over-tightened and cause the levers to bind up.

So the only option is to take up any slack using washers on the shoulder bolts. When I went to Ace Hardware today, I saw wave washers that I originally thought would work, but the wave washers I saw large enough to go on the shoulder bolts would be way too thick. I think the best bet is to use the mylar / nylon washers I mentioned earlier, one on each side of the arm.

This may be something I look into further at a later date but I think I'll live with the slop for now. Just thought I'd update this thread with my findings in case anyone else wants to look into this further.

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Thanks for bringing this up JohnC! My brake lever is good and tight but my shift lever reminds me of my old HD shift levers the way it's all wiggly.

The sooner this is dealt with the less it will be an issue later on.

Much obliged for bringing this up John.

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Hey! A little pork rind and some bailing wire will do jus' fine, young 'un.

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