Speed odometer cable

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Speed odometer cable

Post by jazzrider » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:05 pm

I have to remove my odometer cable about every 5k to keep it from squeaking, what else can be done?

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Re: Speed odometer cable

Post by RoadRogue » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:10 pm

What kind of lube are you using, and did you flush out the cable housing with something like brake clean first?

I use wheel bearing grease, just a light smear over the whole cable, havnt had a problem in three years so far.
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Re: Speed odometer cable

Post by vtxcandyred » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:09 am

Mine was so gunked up inside I took it off and used wd-40 until it ran clear. It was nothing but rust for the longest time. I would spray it good then run the cable in and out repeatedly then more wd-40. For a lube I used dry slide which is graphite then a dab of regular grease and its been working like a champ.

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Re: Speed odometer cable

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:44 pm

I use nothing but graphite (dry lubricant) with no grease at all. I used to use cable lube, also tried regular 10W30, but nothing works as well (for me) as dry graphite lube. I fill it until it comes out the other end, let it dry, and run it just like that.

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Re: Speed odometer cable

Post by dingdong » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:45 am

jazzrider wrote:I have to remove my odometer cable about every 5k to keep it from squeaking, what else can be done?
I had that same problem with my 1500. The inside of the cable sheath wears down to the bare metal and no lube will last very long. Finally had to replace it with a new cable. Not that expensive.

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Re: Speed odometer cable

Post by eddard49 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:25 pm

When I was riding bikes with cables (speedo or tachometer), I used Moly grease for lube.

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Re: Speed odometer cable

Post by TheArtist » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:57 am

I thought my cable was squeeking and it ending up to be the speedometer. I turned it upside down and first used WD40, then marvel mystery oil and let it set over night. Alls good. Now my tach is squeeking.

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