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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-04-2017, 03:45 PM
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I use silicone spray. I've never had one break. I ride with a spare one in my saddlebag just in case.
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I had my cable break on a Sunday afternoon in a rough part of L.A. No open MC shops in the areas. I had to go to a bicycle shop and buy a 10 Speed Shifter cable. I rigged it which got me home barely. I now keep a spare clutch cable under my seat. You can get an aftermarket cable on Ebay for about $15.00
Good cheap insurance against getting stuck.
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-04-2017, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for taking the time to reply gentlemen. I shall certainly take on board your good advice.
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-04-2017, 07:51 PM
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All my years at HONDA I have only changed two cables I always lubed my cables clutch and brake with a cable lube every month or when they felt tight.
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 12:13 AM
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OE cable - 85,xxx Clutch cable replaced-not returning to normal position, some strands are broken, top @ ferrule and bottom in threaded part.. Top from jamming a rainsuit between windshield and handlebars pushing cable away from natural location.
Some mis-alignment on bottom bracket.. Frayed but not broken.

161,356 28 March 2015 replaced 1st replacement clutch cable 85k - 161k = 76k miles. Frayed but not broken.
Some misalignment corrected at the bottom.
Lubed the new one with ATF/Moly mix.

Clean and lube once or twice a year at the minimum.

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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 08:00 PM
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When lubing the cable, do you just lube the exposed portion of the cable as much as possible and at the connection points on the linkage?
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 09:35 PM
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Before I installed the present cable, I hung it from the ceiling and dripped oil into the top end until oil started
dripping out at the bottom. I may have used a piece of hose to act as a funnel.
There is a clamp on hose lubricator you can buy. You can direct cable lube spray directly into cable.
I clean the lever pivot bolt and cable end low friction plastic bushing.
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post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 10:06 PM
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I have the clamp on adapter with the little red straw... disconnect top put the clamp on thing at top end and spray little by little until it comes at bottom... did throttle cables as well...

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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-07-2017, 07:55 AM
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I just did this a couple weeks ago with the clamp-on applicator. I could not get it to work very well as I think more spray ended up in my rag than in the cable I think. It never fully dripped out of the other end but the cable itself was wet, so I hope that that is good enough. Will see how it goes once weather gets warm enough to ride for awhile and may try to do it again. Tried lubricating it just with the red straw directly into the sheath, but it still very very very slowly just seeped in.

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