this is the continuation of the disassembly portion http://www.ridemonkey.com/forums/showthread.php?t=206672 And now for the hard part. In the interest of being thourough, I'm going to take you through the assembly step by step. I'm going to use some of the photos you've seen already so you may experience deja vu. This may be a good time to take a break, wash your hands, or take a quick nap.... cuz you may get frustrated in a minute or two. Assemble the upshift lever (long lever). Install the weird looking black pin with the flat side up. Then install the corresponding spring. Careful as this is one of the springs that likes to fly away. Install the black symmetrical washer and then the non symmetrical washer. Make sure to line up the protrusion on the washer to the notch on the lever body. Install the lever cover. Make sure to line up the exposed ends of the black pin to the corresponding hole before you press the cover in all the way and set the assembly aside. Lay the index actuator spring on the shifter body and then lay the index actuator on top of the spring. Make sure to line up the bolt holes. Carefully tighten the bolts for the index actuator. Make sure not to over tighten the bolts or else the actuator will be stuck in place. After you install both bolts (flat top bolt next to spring and post top bolt next to barrel adjuster), make sure the index actuator slides smoothly. Install the little black spring bushing under the index actuator spring. Make sure it sits in the little hole and that the spring sits on top of the bushing. Insure the halfmoon section of the bushing sits evenly on against the shifter body and the spring. Install Bottom Spring 2. First set the un hooked end on the shifter body. Make sure it pushes the index actuator spring toward the black bushing. Make sure the spring sits in the grooves and put it back into the hole at the end of the index actuator. Install the down shift lever making sure to set the tip of the index actuator spring into the little slot on top of the shift lever and install the pin. Push the pin in until it barely protrudes out of the other end. Install Bottom Spring 1. Insert the end of the spring into the shifter body. You're going to have to tilt it 45deg, slide in, push down, and then bring it level. Make sure that 90deg bend of Bottom Spring 1 is neatly wrapped around the screw hole. Install the sprint retaining cover. Make sure that Bottom Spring 1 can wiggle when the cover screws are tightened. Also check to make sure that the downshift lever moves freely and springs back to its original position. Slip the exposed end of Bottom Spring 1 into the slot of the upshift lever (long lever). Do not use the V-shaped slot, use the rectangular slot. Now comes the most frustrating section. You may have to repeat this several times to get it to sit correctly. The important concept to keep in mind is that the spring cannot be squished inbetween the lever cover plate and the shifter body. You need to coax the coils of the spring around the inner round portion of the lever body between the lever cover plate and the nonsymmetrical washer. While GENTLY pressing the lever into the shifter body, rotate the lever so that bottom spring 1 becomes smaller (opposite direction you rotated when you removed the lever... refer to part 1... note to self make "part 1" a link). There are limit nubs on the shifter body that limit the rotation of the lever. A good indication that you are in between these nubs is that the flat end of the black pin (inside the lever body) shows up in the channel on top of the shifter body. When you're in the correct position, you should be able to pinch the upshift lever against the shifter body with your index finger and thumb, and actuate the lever. It should move smoothly. If not, wiggle it a bit and try again until it does move smoothly. Do this gently so you do not damage bottom spring 2. If you feel too much resistance, lessen your grip. If you still feel too much resistance or the upshift lever does not sit flat on the shifter body, remove the lever and try again. Install the pivot nut while keeping the upshift lever firmly pressed against the shifter body. Install the indexing disc and the pivot bolt. Make sure to line up the flat part of the protruding black pin with the smiley channel on the bottom of the indexing disc. While keeping assembly together, tighten the pivot nut. With your fingers taking the place of the top springs, actuate the shifter levers. You should be able to down and upshift 8 clicks in either direction. If everything is going smoothly, then you're golden. If not pull the indexing disc off and try again. If everything is working well, go ahead and tighten the pivot bolt and nut. Actuate the levers again and make sure everything is clicking crisp and well. If not, look for something that is out of line or looks wierd. If something is not right, you'll have to work backwards till you find the problem. If everything is peachy, rotate the indexing disc as far as it will go so that the slot for the shifter cable is as close to the barrel adjuster as possible. You can now thread the shifter cable through. Install top spring 2 into the corresponding slot on the indexing disc. It's the slot closest to the barrel adjuster. Make sure the spring sits under the little overhang over the slot. Install top spring 1 to the pivot bolt. This will help keep top spring 2 from flying away. Rotate top spring 2counter clockwise (quarter turn to the left, toward the barrel adjuster) and set the first bend against the bolt post and the hook end in the channel by the barrel adjuster. Set Top Spring 1 on the little post ontop of the downshift lever. After you set it, remove your hand slowly so it does not slip off. Install the cover and the cover bolt, and install the bar adapter. Tug on the shifter cable and actuate the shifter to make sure it shifts smoothly and the levers return to the rest position unaided. If not, you will have to move backwards and find where something is binding. If you're having a hard time, relax with the knowledge that IT CAN BE DONE. On a comical note... one of my friends dismantled an X9 and lost one of the springs. Without a diagram, it took a mechanical engineer, a 5th grade teacher, and a grease monkey 3 hours to assemble a shifter from a box of parts. Good luck out there. Hope these two threads helped somehow. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message or simply post a question/comment. THANKS and happy riding!