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I need a diagram on how to reassemble a Shimano Alivio Shifter. I just can't seem to get it right. I even disassembled the other shifter to see how it all fits together and now I can't get it assembled again either! A diagram or instruction manual will help!

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You might want to take a look at the Shimano Tech Docs – Kibbee Jan 16 '14 at 18:47
Alivio shifters aren't exactly designed to be taken apart, but Shimano Tech Docs are pretty much all you've got. If you still can't get it together, you can try asking your LBS if they can, but you may just end up buying a new shifter. – Batman Jan 16 '14 at 18:49
If it ain't broke don't fix it! – Tyler Jandreau Jan 16 '14 at 20:58
How exactly are they not working? Are you trying to put it together with cable still in? Shimano gears are all relatively the same. You can open them up to service and clear a cable jam but that's about it. The cable can be removed and threaded back in once it's back together. If you pull the workings out you may struggle to get the indexing right again. – DWGKNZ Jan 17 '14 at 13:07
@MarkW meant more along the lines of they were going back together, ie together but not working or cover not going on or cable spool lying on the workbench. I'm not sure Shimano has a detailed tech doc for the workings it's really a need to work it out situation. But I do know it's easier with the cable out! – DWGKNZ Jan 17 '14 at 23:33

Something like this?: Shimano Alivio Shifters

Taken from here.

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And then you open up the main body, and there are some plastic gears and pivot axles and other black magic... – Vorac Feb 24 '14 at 11:34
Could you post a close-up couple pictures of the problem you are having? – yivi Feb 24 '14 at 15:10
I reassembled a couple Acera shifters yesterday. They are probably not exactly the same, but likely to be similar. Can't guide you from memory though... :P – yivi Feb 24 '14 at 15:11
This is pretty much the cosmetic parts of the shifter and are easy to put back together. When you actually take apart the shift mechanism on the other hand... well, its probably not going back together the way it was originally. – Batman Feb 24 '14 at 16:26
Usually you are able to put it back together, with some patience. But looking at the actual parts would help. – yivi Feb 24 '14 at 20:05

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