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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-10-2009, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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clutch cable

Has anyone had any experience replacing a clutch cable? It seems mine is stretched out after 9k mi. I took by the shop today and was told it was in a bind and needed replaced. I've got it adjusted out as far as will allow, still hard to pull. So now I have one on order. How difficult is it to replace one of these dudes? Are special tools needed? Thanks for the input.
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Depends how the cable is routed. Worst case would be having to pull the gas tank. Clutch cables are very sensitive to proper routing. There should be a minimum of tight bends in the cable, and it shouldn't be tightly strapped down anywhere. Both will cause the cable to bind and fail quickly.

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At least you caught it before it snapped on you and left you stranded.

No special tools, but it does help to take the right side panel off along with black panel underneath it. If you are replacing the complete cable inner and sheath, leave old one in place for the correct routing of new one.

Before you put the cable in place, hang it up by the lever end and drain or spray some good lube down the cable. This will help keep rust down if you ride a lot in the rain and should increase its life. Mine's done 20k in the damp Pacific Nortwet.

Going forward lube the new cable at the lever each time you lube the chain (i.e. around every 300-400miles). This Dupont lube is excellent stuff for cables and your chain.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-10-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot. I've been researching and it looks like guys are rerouting the cable. Invader had some good ideas w/ pics on a earlier post. I did lube it today and has helped. The new cable should be here next week. We'll see how it goes.
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