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  1. #1
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    Dec 2007

    Is it possible to covert an 8 speed downtube shifter to 9?

    I currently have a brand new pair of 8 speed Shimano downtube shifters (running on Kelly Take-Off's) that I am interested in converting to 9 (or 10) speed. Is this possible to do and keep my existing shifters? Would replacing the backing plate accomplish this change? thanks!!!

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    Aug 2002
    Probably not, but you should be able to get some 9 speed downtube shifters on Ebay at 1/2 price.
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    Jan 2004
    ... you'll have to use your DT shifters in friction mode... as opposed to indexed.

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