Shift **** Pulling for Your Amusement
After reading 4711 posts all over the internet the consensus seems that the thing to do is heat the **** then pull like hell and hope you don't get hurt when it let's loose. I have a long list of injuries to both arms and my neck from a lifetime of stepping up when I should have stepped back - sure don't need any more. I therefore whipped up the following method - thot I'd cut a fat hog etc.
The idea was to suspend a weight from the ****, heat the **** with 2 heat lamps and wait till the **** just slid off. I hung the lever from a piece of rebar and hung the weights (about 85 pounds) from some hooks off a small bearing puller behind the ****. After 1 hour and 45 minutes it was hot but still on.
So I removed the weights and used a come-along hooked to another rebar near the floor - bent the rebar.
Next I decided to chain the damn thing between 2 trees and use a bigger come-along because no damn **** was going to stop this child. About that time I realized the upper lever is not integral with the lower lever but attached via the rubber dampening material and abandoned the tree concept as potentially expensive. Hell with it.
So I got myself up a good strong one (uh - that's orange juice and whiskey) and ordered a new FX4 shifter.
Afterwards I peeled back the casing on the **** a bit and the white material underneath seems to be a ceramic. It seems doubtful to me that enough heat would penetrate that stuff to soften the glue or enough to expand the ceramic (if that's what it is). Sorry about the pics, I got this camera 3 days ago ....first thing I learned was you don't hold a digital camera up to your eye to aim.............