This shifter takes a beating. I have many years of racing on one of these shifter and have just replaced all the rest of my shifters on my vintage huskys with this shifter. They resist bending and the folding tip holds up to alot of punishment.
My stock shifter was pretty much stripped after I bought my used 2006 Yamaha Raptor 700 so I figured I'd have to have the whole shaft replaced. I bought this steel shifter and put in 5 days in the Glamis sand dunes without any shifting problems!