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Clutch cable lube thread

Holy wow, It's like a new bike. Although it is still rather new. I've rolled over 7k miles on my '11 V and never lubed the clutch cable. I started to notice some changes in clutch characteristics, almost like it had been adjusted, like the cable itself was lagging. After reading some mildly disturbing threads on here about cables breaking and what not, I figured I needed to give the 'ol cable some TLC.

All I have currently is WD-40 at the house, so that's what I used. I don't have one of those clutch lube devices, so I basically just let some WD-40 drip down the cable housing after removing it from the clutch lever and lubed all of the associated linkage...dang, she shifts like warm butter now. Now all I need to do is get something with a little more staying power/viscosity than WD-40 and make sure I do that more often.
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Now why did I know you'd post that link?

I use 3-1 oil to lube the cable, I let a few drops run down the inner cable once a month, and Phil Wood Waterproof bicycle grease to lube the little barrels at the end. That little cable end gets overlooked and is the main problem child. If you look or read most cables fail right at the lever end because of stress. If you keep that barrel greased up it can spin, not bind, it will help reduce the stress on the inner wire. My KLR has over 30,000 on the factory cable and I just checked and lubed it last weekend and it look new. The Versys only has 15,000 and it's cable look factory fresh as well.

Another thing is to buy a back up cable, they are fairly low cost, and hang it in the garage...where your bike can see it. Do that and you'll never break another cable. BUT if you do and it's Sunday, guess what? You have a spare and will back on the road in no time at all.

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Now why did I know you'd post that link?

I use 3-1 oil to lube the cable, I let a few drops run down the inner cable once a month, and Phil Wood Waterproof bicycle grease to lube the little barrels at the end. That little cable end gets overlooked and is the main problem child. If you look or read most cables fail right at the lever end because of stress. If you keep that barrel greased up it can spin, not bind, it will help reduce the stress on the inner wire. My KLR has over 30,000 on the factory cable and I just checked and lubed it last weekend and it look new. The Versys only has 15,000 and it's cable look factory fresh as well.

Another thing is to buy a back up cable, they are fairly low cost, and hang it in the garage...where your bike can see it. Do that and you'll never break another cable. BUT if you do and it's Sunday, guess what? You have a spare and will back on the road in no time at all.
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I just lubed my clutch cable today. It feels great again. I didn't grease the barrel, but I'll do it now that I know I should.

I've also been planning to get spare cables in preparation for a rode trip.

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Holy wow, It's like a new bike. Although it is still rather new. I've rolled over 7k miles on my '11 V and never lubed the clutch cable. I started to notice some changes in clutch characteristics, almost like it had been adjusted, like the cable itself was lagging. After reading some mildly disturbing threads on here about cables breaking and what not, I figured I needed to give the 'ol cable some TLC.

All I have currently is WD-40 at the house, so that's what I used. I don't have one of those clutch lube devices, so I basically just let some WD-40 drip down the cable housing after removing it from the clutch lever and lubed all of the associated linkage...dang, she shifts like warm butter now. Now all I need to do is get something with a little more staying power/viscosity than WD-40 and make sure I do that more often.
WD40 is ALL you'll need for your cable (plus a little grease for the barrel...) IMHO.

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...Another thing is to buy a back up cable, they are fairly low cost, and hang it in the garage...where your bike can see it. Do that and you'll never break another cable. BUT if you do and it's Sunday, guess what? You have a spare and will back on the road in no time at all.
I carry my spare cable under the seat - that way the GREEN HORNET (or BIG RED...) KNOWS it's there! IF it EVER breaks you can replace it wherever you are.


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