My stock shift lever tip was bending by about 15deg. sideways after under 2K miles. Easy enough to straighten in a vise but why need to? I recently purchased an Outlaw Racing/w Folding tip: "Yamaha YZ/WR 250F 01-05 Shift Lever" from Amazon for $17.95 delivered. It not only is Much stronger, but much more attractive as it is a solid cast anodized aluminum silver color with either a Blue or Red spring loaded folding tip, which comes in handy if the bike goes down. Check it out.