Come on Paul I need answers!!!!!!
Calm down dear ! It'll get sorted with a little ingenuity
Right - the shim that came out of my frame, which is the same year and I can only assume is factory..... looks like this:
Note the split down to the bottom inch or so on this side ^^
Also note the split all the way down on this side ^^
When I removed the shim from my frame, it was stuck fast too - by dried up old grease. All it took to get it out was inserting a flat blade screwdriver in the slot in the seat tube and opening it up very slightly on either side of the slot (not enough to damage the seat tube - just go easy). That was enough to break the 'glued in' nature of the grease that was in there. Then I used a drift against the lip of the shim in the slot, and tapped it out.
Give that a try
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WANTED: Middleburn RS1 non drive side crank - 175mm