Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:17 pm

Lucky
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 4244
Location: Nashville
 
Lucky
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 4244
Location: Nashville
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:17 pm linkquote
Don't forget a nice long piece of picture wire or weedeater cord. That's essential if you're replacing an outer.
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:44 pm

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62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
Joined: 26 Jan 2019
Posts: 2639
Location: california
 
Ossessionato
62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
Joined: 26 Jan 2019
Posts: 2639
Location: california
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:44 pm linkquote
Ok - couple things for reel.
- if you twist the cable as you insert - one direction makes it fray. one direction makes it get tighter. practice in your fingers to be sure you are twisting it the right way.
- Soldering - clutch cable is thick. Soldering it can be tough. think about just trying the twisting method - or your next post might be 2 hours of trying to solder.
- Use soapy water and spray it on the outer before you pull it through. you just can't believe how much a little bur can fight you. Wait - yes you can. Soap and water are your friends.

And of course - limes - plenty of limes.
Good luck!
🙂
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:46 pm

Ossessionato
VSX, Stella 177, Stella 150, VNX1T, V9B1T
Joined: 20 Jul 2018
Posts: 3476
Location: Staten Island, NY
 
Ossessionato
VSX, Stella 177, Stella 150, VNX1T, V9B1T
Joined: 20 Jul 2018
Posts: 3476
Location: Staten Island, NY
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:46 pm linkquote
charlieman22 wrote:
Ok - couple things for reel.
- if you twist the cable as you insert - one direction makes it fray. one direction makes it get tighter. practice in your fingers to be sure you are twisting it the right way.
- Soldering - clutch cable is thick. Soldering it can be tough. think about just trying the twisting method - or your next post might be 2 hours of trying to solder.
- Use soapy water and spray it on the outer before you pull it through. you just can't believe how much a little bur can fight you. Wait - yes you can. Soap and water are your friends.

And of course - limes - plenty of limes.
Good luck!
🙂
really thin solder with a blow torch and its quick work to solder the end of the cable!
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:36 pm

Banned
2:6
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Posts: 7975
Location: San Francisco
 
Banned
2:6
Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Posts: 7975
Location: San Francisco
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:36 pm linkquote
I think I'll join you and replace the clutch cable on my Rally this weekend. it's about to snap, not sure what end it going.

One other tip: making sure there are no sharp edges on the lever and clutch arm can make them last a lot longer. The lever can be smoothed with a small file or sand paper, and when you are replacing the cable is the perfect time to do it. The clutch arm is better to take care of when the clutch is being replaced.
Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:06 am

MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4561
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
 
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4561
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:06 am linkquote
My VBC Super needs a clutch cable too. I need to get on that.

One thing you should be sure of when changing a clutch cable (this is for brake cables too) is that the barrel end at the lever needs to be able to rotate in the socket in the lever. It can get hung up if the barrel is too big or has an uneven spot. If it doesn't change angle in the socket as you pull the lever the cable will bend back and forth every time you pull the lever and will soon break off at the point where the cable goes into the barrel. A dab of grease can help.
Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:25 am

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BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
Joined: 06 Jun 2013
Posts: 3469
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
 
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BV350, Primavera 150, Yamaha Zuma 125
Joined: 06 Jun 2013
Posts: 3469
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:25 am linkquote
Kimono32 wrote:
Shopping List:
Solder (murky on this whole topic)
New outer cable
LIMES!!!!
I'm here if you want help soldering.
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:30 pm

Hooked
Stella 2T 150, Honda C70
Joined: 25 Sep 2019
Posts: 169
Location: Seattle
 
Hooked
Stella 2T 150, Honda C70
Joined: 25 Sep 2019
Posts: 169
Location: Seattle
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:30 pm linkquote
As I learned from my dad, soldering does require two people. One person to do the soldering and one person to get burned by the soldering iron.
H
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
I'm here if you want help soldering.
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:53 pm

Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
 
Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:53 pm linkquote
Twist and SHOUT!!! Huzzah! Le Cable Eees Feeeeexed!!!!

Twisting was THE KEY to success! I got the inner into outer first try today, which was just dumb happy luck. Same operator, different day, but I wasn't going to question it. I probably do need to replace that outer. Suspecting a hole has formed near the insertion point. Ordering now for next time.

After I got the cable inserted just a few inches, it met hard resistance. I had to do a LOT of twisting and light rapid in-and-out jabbing x 100 in order to coax the cable down victory lane.

But, after I finally got it twisted through the cable helmet, the rest was a cinch! I tightened the cable as tight as I could with 3rd hand tool. It's a bit too tight for my liking right now—engages clutch at the widest point which hurts my hand, but I know it will stretch out soon.

Took a victory lap around the block in my coveralls. Wheeeee! And Brrrrr🥶

A nice Happy Hour was enjoyed on the yoga mat in the driveway. Plenty of gin and limes available for all of you to have joined me. My celebration wouldn't have happened without your great tips. Sincere thanks, and sorry for all the F-bombs... At least they were in French, right?



Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:55 pm

Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
 
Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:55 pm linkquote
Thank you, dear leaf-raking 10yo daughter, for snapping this pic.



Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:57 pm

Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
 
Addicted
'66 Super 150
Joined: 11 Jul 2017
Posts: 860
Location: MN
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:57 pm linkquote
Cheers, fellow Vespisti!



Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:47 am

Ossessionato
62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
Joined: 26 Jan 2019
Posts: 2639
Location: california
 
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62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
Joined: 26 Jan 2019
Posts: 2639
Location: california
Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:47 am linkquote
Definitely gonna upgrade my coveralls like yours.
Clutch cable dragon sleighed!
Hurray!
Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:52 am

Lucky
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 4244
Location: Nashville
 
Lucky
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 4244
Location: Nashville
Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:52 am linkquote
Congrats on the success!

As you saw from the suggestions, even the most experienced among us can still struggle with running and re-running cables on these things. I spent over two hours, destroyed one spare set of outers, and made a generous Blood Sacrifice while re-running the gear shift cables on my Sprint a year or so ago.

That picture of you in your coveralls is an instant classic, though. You should at least print out a copy and hang it in your garage as a reminder of how good it feels to overcome a little bit of adversity.

And you daughter clearly has a great photographer's eye, too. It would never even occur to me to snap a picture like that, much less deliver such quality execution.
Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:07 am

Ossessionato
79 P200E (Ruby), 62 Allstate (B-62), 2008 Stella (Olive)
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 2505
Location: Florence, OR
 
Ossessionato
79 P200E (Ruby), 62 Allstate (B-62), 2008 Stella (Olive)
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 2505
Location: Florence, OR
Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:07 am linkquote
Heh heh - Kiss My ass patch

I'm with CM2, I've gotta get me a pair of those.

Great job! Hazzaah indeed
Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:54 am

Hooked
2005 Stellalossi 177 Fe
Joined: 14 Jun 2020
Posts: 196
Location: MA
 
Hooked
2005 Stellalossi 177 Fe
Joined: 14 Jun 2020
Posts: 196
Location: MA
Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:54 am linkquote
Kimono32 wrote:
Thank you, dear leaf-raking 10yo daughter, for snapping this pic.
Great photo. Looks like something you might see in an SIP catalogue.
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