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Old 10-05-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Wunderlich Shifter Failure

I have had a Wunderlich shifter on my GS for a few years now, and love it. It ain’t cheap, but I have limited movement in my left ankle, so it helps a lot getting the shifter in a position that I can use.

After 3 years happy use, on the way to NorCal for a week’s riding, this happens.




What the hell? I haven’t even crashed on that side. Of course I have the old one as a spare, but that’s at home in my spares box. First fix attempt …




… lasted about an hour. Second fix attempt, using magic metal …




… got me through the rest of the week, and a few days commuting, until …




The fixed part actually survived, but the little stub has now broken off. Bugger.

What to do? Don’t feel like forking out for another Wunderlich shifter but still want the luxurios Wunderlich features …

Take one piece of angle iron, and some basic tools. Mix in an hour of my time, and a little Rustoleum.







And hey preto! Good as new.




Just had to post this up, because yes, I am very proud of my bodging skill. And I also like to imagine the look on the face of some teutonic engineer were they to see how their shifter design was 'improved' by some pikey in a garage with a chunk of old angle iron and a hammer.

Just call me MacGyver.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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Just had to post this up, because yes, I am very proud of my bodging skill. And I also like to imagine the look on the face of some teutonic engineer were they to see how their shifter design was 'improved' by some pikey in a garage with a chunk of old angle iron and a hammer.

Just call me MacGyver.

Nice repair!! Very bad that it had to break. I wanted to buy the same... now I'm aware
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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Yeah, I was surprised it broke without any impact damage, and I would be the first to admit if I had binned it on that side. Looking at the broken surface, it was just classic fatigue propagation in brittle aluminium.

As my old manager said when I was on the design team of the Land Rover LCV2 (extruded aluminium concept car) ...."If we lived in an aluminium world, steel would look like a wonderful material".
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:50 AM   #4
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If you saved the broken parts I'd mail them back to Wunderlich for failure analysis ... and maybe free replacement
When you pay that much for a shifter you don't expect fatigue failure after three or four years...

Now I have to go look at mine, I have the same one ......................

Just went out and checked mine, it's fine... but I did not install the cable from the front of the shifter back to the gearbox...
If you travel through a lot of high weeds/brush I wonder if the cyclic load applied via the "anti-fouling" cable is what did it in?
(It still should not have failed... )

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Old 10-08-2012, 12:51 PM   #5
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I have been through my fair share of brush at times, but i was glad of the cable, otherwise I would've lost the end of it!

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Old 10-08-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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I have been through my fair share of brush at times, but i was glad of the cable, otherwise I would've lost the end of it!
Indeed ....

I'll bet Wunderlich would send you a new one ....
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:12 PM   #7
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Well, I damaged one of these too. Bent it when the bike took a nap on some rocks, and it cracked when I bent it back. I welded it today but we will see if it can hold up to future abuse.

Never been much of a welder, haven't done it in 4 years.



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wow a shame that it has to be that way... So Touratech it'll be
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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To be fair to Wunderlich, this shifter has served 18,000 hard miles and I'll buy another one if this doesn't hold. It's a great shifter. It was bent about 30 degrees from normal so the fact that it survived being bent back at all is amazing.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:38 PM   #10
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To be fair to Wunderlich, this shifter has served 18,000 hard miles and I'll buy another one if this doesn't hold. It's a great shifter. It was bent about 30 degrees from normal so the fact that it survived being bent back at all is amazing.
darn you're making my choice not easier
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:45 PM   #11
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I almost got the touratech one, but for the $ it's kind of looks like crap. Probably works fine. I just like a little CNC goodness and the rotating folding tip is really nice.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:57 PM   #12
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I've dropped my F8 several times with the Wunderlich shifter taking a hit. Just had to straighten it back to original shape without cracks or breaks, but I do carry a spare.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:37 PM   #13
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Ya it's taken hits before but this was pretty bad.
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