Training Wheel Hero
Join Date: Mar 2008
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Thank you so much for posting this awesome how-to.
I just did it last weekend and it worked out as good as it could-a total success! I am crap at soldering, and scared of dealing with electrical problems just because of the difficulty in troubleshooting for a clueless dork like meself.
it was a bit cold and windy when i tried it, and from your perfect pictures you don't realize until you are into it just how little room to maneuver you will have.
Be patient, take your time, and any of us will be able to do this and save money and bike downtime.
Good tip: if you have a problem getting a screw to stay in place while holding components for reassembly, try a dab of grease on the driver/or screw, will make for one handed operation!
when getting the plate back together, and before thinking of grease-my screwdrivers aren't the cool magnetic tip kind- I almost got it back together by holding one of the tiny plate screws in needle nose pliers and screwing it in with a screwdriver held in my mouth-it is that fiddly.
I had a hard time melting a new blob of solder to the contact point, but there was still the original blob on the wire, so that got melted back where it should-and it has held for the last week-hope it's good for life!
Thanks once again- I was very proud of myself, but most of that credit goes to you!