Tach and speedo cable


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Tach and speedo cable

Postby Allan10 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:27 pm



I am replace the dash lite and was wondering what would be a good lubricant for the cables when I have them off. Allan10



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Re: Tach and speedo cable

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:14 pm

I spray graphite lubricant down the cables, it works extremely well.

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Re: Tach and speedo cable

Postby Allan10 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:39 pm

I was thinking along that line but figured more info wouldn't hurt. Thanks allan

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Re: Tach and speedo cable

Postby BRIANINMAINE » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:55 pm

A few years back I bought a "cable luber" from here:
http://www.partsnmore.com/parts/honda/g ... cable+lube
and some cable spray. Works OK. I've heard others fill a baggie with oil and rubberband it to the cable and let the oil drip down the cable overnight.

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Re: Tach and speedo cable

Postby Allan10 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:06 pm

Thanks couple of good ideas. Allan

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Re: Tach and speedo cable

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:57 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I spray graphite lubricant down the cables, it works extremely well.

I picked up my first can of spray Graphite Lube.
MAN-O-MAN does this stuff work wonders.
MAIN THING IS... you have to understand what it is you're lubing. Close tolerances is a NO-NO! (like door lock tumblers)
Graphite has body when it's dry and takes up space. Too bad it can't find its way to worn out bearings as the engine is running. It be a engine re-builders dream/nightmare.
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: Tach and speedo cable

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:12 pm

FM-USA wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I spray graphite lubricant down the cables, it works extremely well.

I picked up my first can of spray Graphite Lube.
MAN-O-MAN does this stuff work wonders.
MAIN THING IS... you have to understand what it is you're lubing. Close tolerances is a NO-NO! (like door lock tumblers)
Graphite has body when it's dry and takes up space. Too bad it can't find its way to worn out bearings as the engine is running. It be a engine re-builders dream/nightmare.


Actually graphite is normally the go-to lubricant used in locks.

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Re: Tach and speedo cable

Postby FM-USA » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:31 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
FM-USA wrote:
WingAdmin wrote: I spray graphite lubricant down the cables, it works extremely well.

I picked up my first can of spray Graphite Lube.
MAN-O-MAN does this stuff work wonders.
MAIN THING IS... you have to understand what it is you're lubing. Close tolerances is a NO-NO! (like door lock tumblers)
Graphite has body when it's dry and takes up space. Too bad it can't find its way to worn out bearings as the engine is running. It be a engine re-builders dream/nightmare.

Actually graphite is normally the go-to lubricant used in locks.

YUP, the stuff you're talking about I also use in locks is dry and very fine powder. Little squeeze tube.
ANYways,...
The stuff I picked up leaves a rather thick film of graphite and something else. As it's sprayed it looks like it's carbonated, as it sets up it bubbles like soda pop. I have a clear spray grease that does the same carbonated bubbling.

Get this spray graphite on your fingers, DON'T let it dry, it will not come off without quality carb-cleaner, unsure of other chemicals.
The stuff I have seems to have a clear carrier to hold the graphite in place, kinda like a clear coat of paint. (I GOTTA look into this more)
So I must be careful where I use it and tumbler locks is a definite NO.

Before learning this stuff I sprayed one Wing saddle bag catch. The internal male hook (on the saddlebag) is stiff and slow to return now and if one slams the door shut it will not catch the door side bar. PUSH the door closed and it works fine but I can hear a slight delay in the CLICK verses the other saddlebag. Someday soon I'll have to completely disassemble it and clean it all out. If not I still have the damaged bag catches to exchange. (Lucky me, I pack-rat SOME stuff)

I have an Antique machinist tape ruler of my dad's and it was getting badly worn on the inside where the chrome was starting to flake off. Disassembled and cleaned it good then graphite sprayed the sidewalls and let dry. Couple hours later I replaced the tape and it was sorta tight fitting. Reopened it and tape scour marks were in the graphite. Interesting... I reassembled and worked that tape several dozen times to break it in. Now it works like new, wish it looked like new but Oh-Well.
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Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.


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