How to Disassemble Shimano Ultegra 6500 Levers

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How to Disassemble Shimano Ultegra 6500 Levers
Shimano Ultegra shifters are found most often on high-end racing bicycles. (out of t1 image by jimcox40 from

Proper shifting on your bicycle ride is very important for a pleasurable experience. Broken shifters can cause you to be in the incorrect gear while riding up or down a hill, or in no gear at all, which can cost considerable time and speed. The Shimano Ultegra 6500 is a high-end trigger shifter system that requires minimal maintenance. When it does require repair, it can save you money and time to do it yourself.

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Things you need

  • Allen wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • Special tool, part number TL-ST01

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  1. 1

    Loosen the pinch bolt with an Allen wrench and slide the shifter cable from the cable housings.

  2. 2

    Remove the cable cap on the top of the shifter with a screwdriver. Be careful with this screw, as it is made from plastic and can be stripped quite easily. Push the shifter cable through the shifter and set it aside.

  3. 3

    Loosen the clamp on the shifter assembly with a 5-millilmeter Allen wrench and slide off the assembly.

  4. 4

    Remove the sensor cap from the side of the shifter with an Allen wrench. Remove the lever stud set screw from the bottom using a 2-millimeter Allen wrench.

  5. 5

    Remove the lever stud by gently tapping it out with a thin Allen wrench. This bolt holds the lever to the shifter assembly. Slide the lever out of the assembly.

  6. 6

    Pull the sensor cable out of the bracket body of the shifter. Take care to avoid damage.

  7. 7

    Remove the cable hook from the lever assembly by unhooking it by hand. This is a cylindrical attachment securing the cable to the lever.

  8. 8

    Remove the brackets and washers from the inside of the lever assembly by unscrewing them with the TL-ST01 tool designed for this purpose.

  9. 9

    Slide out the washers and brackets from the lever assembly.

Tips and warnings

  • Note how each part comes out of your shifters so you know how to reassemble them. Check your shifter cable and cable housings for damage and replace them if necessary.

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