Cable Lubrication

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Kal_4203
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Cable Lubrication

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My 57 FL has been sitting for a while and though she fired up easy enough both the advance/retard and throttle cables felt restricted so I wondered if someone can tell me if these should be lubricated and if so what is the processes and what lubricant is recommended.
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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You'll have to undo the cable wires at the carburetor and the circuit breaker, unscrew the large screw in the grips and pull the cables out about 18" but don't pull them out completely. Apply never seize or equivalent on the cable wires and reassemble.
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Cheers for that Little Stan much appreciated you saved from from creating a disaster I was Going to attack them from the handle bar end which by the sound of it would have ended in tears.
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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You'll have to undo the cable wires at the carburetor and the circuit breaker, unscrew the large screw in the grips and pull the cables out about 18" but don't pull them out completely. Apply never seize or equivalent on the cable wires and reassemble.
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You've used never seize on cables?
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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I would not use never seize on a cable. I have had good luck taping a small funnel
To the end of the outer jacket, feeding the control wire up through the hole in the end and dripping oil into the funnel and letting it drain into the outer jacket. The funnel must be high enough to allow the oil to drain into the outer jacket.
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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Post by Hogey »

I do the same
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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What kind of lubricant do you use?

Would fluid film be acceptable?
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I am not familiar with fluid film, I use whatever is in my oil can, usually 10w. I also let my empty clean motor oil jugs empty into a clean bottle and use that also.
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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Post by awander »

I'm of the opinion that oils is just going to drain out the bottom after a short period of time. I pull the inner cable completely out and rub it down with lithium grease, then reinsert it. Seems to last a good long time, and if anything, it is too slippery! The throttle won't always stay where I set it when riding hands free!
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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Post by Little Stan »

I also agree that oil will eventually over time seep out by gravity. I use never seize because it sticks. A friend commented as to how free my throttle is.
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Re: Cable Lubrication

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Post by JoeFlatty »

All good! My beef with never seize is I always end up with it all over EVERYTHING!!
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