how do you shorten the clutch cable

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by andrewflores17, Nov 14, 2006.

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  1. just wandering how you guys shorten yours i broke the last one because i just bent the cable made through two tanks of gas before it snapped have to cut the sheath down some
     

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  2. Edward

    Edward Guest

    Extract the center wire from the coil sheath and cut the sheath with a dremel cutting disc for looks or wire cutters. Reinsert the wire and cut to length.
     
  3. thanks i thought of wire cuters was just afraid of messing something up
     
  4. blckwlfny1

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    if you do that, wont the individual strands uncoil from each other and spring apart? when i cut the sheath, i accidentally cut 2 of the strands to my choke cable and they turned into a "hairball" the got stuck in the sheathing until they came out the other and and by then the looked more luke steel wool
     
  5. GearNut

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    Good quality sharp wire cutters will not fray out the inner wire. One or 2 strands may pop out of place, but you can twist them back into place. I have used 6" cutters from Sears for years and not one problem.
     
  6. Knuckle_Duster

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    QFT, and bolded for emphasis! Don't cut a cable or sheath you care about with dull wire cutters/diagonal pliers. Grip it quick, make the cut with authoritah! :grin5:
     
  7. Al.Fisherman

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    How I shorten the cable/housing. Cut the housing to length with cutters or Klines. When ready to cut cable I take a set of wire cutters or Kleins, insert the cable to where I want it cut. Place the cutters on my vise and strike the cutter head sharply. This will enable you to cut ALL the strands at one time. Although others can't I take my gas torch and melt and file the tip of the cable.

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  8. gearhead222

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    Dear Sir-They're not cheap, but a good pair of bicycle cable cutters/crimpers are well worth the $. After cutting, crimp a cap on the end. You can buy these (and a quality pair of Park Tools cutter/crimpers), at better bike shops.-Gearhead
     
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