Ok I was able to get my hand in there and I adjusted it ALL the way... I think I tightened it all the way. I took it for a test drive and DEFINITELY noticed a vast difference. It upshifted very early. But I got it to downshift into 1st gear (with kickdown) at 23 mph, instead of 18 mph like before. I got it to kickdown into 2nd gear at 58 mph instead of 55 mph like before.
Also, my 2-3 shift didn't seem right, it always seemed to take a little longer, almost like it was flaring, but that improved 50%.
So the results of a full hastening of the Bowden cable are:
Improved 2-3 shifting.
I will drive with it fully adjusted tomorrow to see how I like it. I am guessing that I will probably be loosening it back up just a little so that the upshifts are SO quick. But just a little, because I LOVE the higher speed downshifting!
(Weird going from a fully loosened cable to a fully tightened one in about an hour! THe driving difference is phenomenal.)
Will keep you all updated on my final results.
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