I've just bought a new pulley set for my rear derailleur but do not know which one goes on the top (nearest derailleur) and which one goes on the bottom. The wheels have arrows on them;vI suppose they indicate the rotation direction for the pulley wheels when rotating 'normally'.

PS : I see that one pulley wheel is beefier, thicker than the other oneenter image description here Derailleur is a M970 XTR

  • And they didn't come with any instructions at all? Shimano is normally good at including a folded info sheet with all products. Otherwise keep it the same way around as the ones you're replacing.
    – Criggie
    Jun 19, 2016 at 12:46

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Here's a photo of RD-M970 from behind. As you can see, the slotted (guide) pulley goes to knuckle and solid one (tension) to the bottom of cage. I'd align the arrows with chain movement direction that happens when you pedal forward.

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