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Author Topic: Howq long did your clutch cable last? (how many miles?)  (Read 1061 times)

02Electra

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Re: Howq long did your clutch cable last? (how many miles?)
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2013, 12:33:29 PM »
I've changed a LOT of clutch cables in my 35,000km of ownership. Worst interval was 2000 or so km. I only use genuine RE parts, but still they stretch, creak like crazy... ::) Disclaimer - I put in a new cable as soon as they start creaking.

Ever since i started using 10w30 in the clutch, the cable seems to be having an easier life.
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Amsters

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Re: Howq long did your clutch cable last? (how many miles?)
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2013, 03:01:12 PM »
3000 mls on a 2010.

Got lucky, was lubing the clutch cable and found only 2 strands left intact at the engine end. Never had a cable do that in just 3000 miles before!

Hitchcocks do a nylon lined brit made cable but it costs over 3 times more than the RE item.


02Electra

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Re: Howq long did your clutch cable last? (how many miles?)
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2013, 05:53:22 AM »
Wow, that thing is 10+ times the price of what the genuine cable costs here in India. Add shipping cost and it'll be insane. Last cable I bought was for the equivalent of $1.5 U.S. or so (5-6 months back).

How much does the genuine cable retail for in the States?
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Kevin Mahoney

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Re: Howq long did your clutch cable last? (how many miles?)
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2013, 08:07:07 PM »
The first  speed transmissions probably have cables that last the least amount of time due to the geomoetry between the cable and the clutch mechanism. As has been noted here lubricating the cables makes a big difference, espeically at each end. A quick spray of WD-40 at the lever end of the cable will really help to prevent them from corroding from the inside out. This does NOT replace regularly oiling them.

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Re: Howq long did your clutch cable last? (how many miles?)
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2013, 04:11:58 PM »
I find it ridiculous that these cables break so soon. Someone has to make a cable of normal durability. Mine just broke at 6k miles (2007 AVL Electra). My 1988 Yamaha XV250, which I've owned for 25 years still has the original cable...and I've never lubed it.

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Re: Howq long did your clutch cable last? (how many miles?)
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2013, 05:08:20 PM »
My clutch cable made it to 16000 miles going strong. I lubed it when I got it. I think Jack's unlubed one made it to about 12,000. These are both UCEs which have a lot better routing and mechanicals, and should last a lot longer. They still require a little maintenance which doesn't include WD40. Do not confuse WD40 with good cable lubricants. I use Dri-Slide. there are others out there, WD40 isn't on the list...for any lube job.
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