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cable lube

Postby zubby » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:12 pm



Does anyone know if there is a video on lubricating the clutch, brake, and throttle cables ? I have an 89 GW with 74k on it and probably never had the cables lubed. I would guess that they would have to be detached at the handlebars and the lubrication forced down the cable but, have no clue as to how to take apart ? :?:


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Re: cable lube

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:54 pm

To remove the cables, you normally move the adjuster to slacken the cable, and it can be rotated at the top (control) end to pull free. The exception is throttle cables, which require disassembly of the right grip switches to access.

I bought a $10 cable lube tool that works really well. You put the cable into the took, then tighten it down:

Cable in luber
Cable in luber


You then take your cable lube (I use dry graphite lube, which sprays in wet and dries quickly, leaving behind graphite which is an excellent lubricant) and spray it into the tool:

Spraying lube
Spraying lube


When it drips out the far end, you're done. Careful if you use graphite lube, it's black and stains anything it gets on, just like black spray paint. :)
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Re: cable lube

Postby zubby » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:29 pm

Wow , that was quick ! Thanks WingAdmin.You sure have helped me out. Do you think at this mileage (74k ) that I should just replace them instead of lubrication ?
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Re: cable lube

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:40 pm

At that age and mileage, I'd be tempted. A broken cable out on the road can really ruin your day.
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Re: cable lube

Postby thrasherg » Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:47 pm

The other technique, is to take a zip-lock bag, cut a corner off the bag to leave a small hole, pass the end of the cable through the hole, then put tape around the cable and bag, then put a small amount of oil in the bag and hang it up for 24 hours, the oil will usually find its way down the cable and will leave you a nice puddle on the floor in the morning.. Not as quick as the cable oiler, but much cheaper!!

I would also suggest replacing the cables as they are old and a broken cable can really ruin your day..

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Re: cable lube

Postby furnacedoc » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:19 pm

Hello, where did you but the cable lube tool?
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Re: cable lube

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:42 am

furnacedoc wrote:Hello, where did you but the cable lube tool?


You can get them from a zillion places - pretty well anyplace that sells bike accessories/tools will have them: Motion Pro Cable Luber
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Re: cable lube

Postby Kiwi2 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:04 am

Replace the cables.

You will find the older motorcycle cables are called Bowden Cables, why I hear you ask, because they were invented by a chap called Bowden, anyway, if you look down the inside of the cable you will see that the inside has a metal strip that is twisted all the way down the cable ......... if this metal strip breaks it will at some stage get hooked up with the inner cable, that is the one with the metal nipple on the end, and then the throttle, brake, or clutch cable will not work.

As someone said rig up something to let the oil run through, yes that will work BUT you won't know if the inner cable is broken of snagged ........ so just replace all the cables.
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Re: cable lube

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:24 pm

I checked every where and the only place that had them locally was the Honda dealer and it was only ten bucks. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I figured a twenty spot at least. Its a Motion Pro too!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: cable lube

Postby TennX » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:55 pm

Ive got the tool, but what I have done is cut the corner out of a baggy , stick the cables in , twist tie it tight and fill the corner with lube till it runs out the other end....good luck
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Re: cable lube

Postby noeleo » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:16 pm

Just can't seem to find my clutch and brake cables on my bike... :lol: :lol: :lol:
Ride your GoldWing no faster than your angel can fly. My angel's pretty slow. Kind of like it that way, though...
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Re: cable lube

Postby vtxcandyred » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:51 pm

noeleo wrote:Just can't seem to find my clutch and brake cables on my bike... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Look under the tires!!!!!!! :!: :mrgreen: :ugeek:
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Re: cable lube

Postby Kiwi2 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:55 pm

noeleo wrote:Just can't seem to find my clutch and brake cables on my bike... :lol: :lol: :lol:


I would send the bike back to the manufacturer with a small but friendly note stating that they have forgotten to put the cables on. :lol:
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Re: cable lube

Postby zubby » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:08 pm

You guys must ride Harleys !!!!!!
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Re: cable lube

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:31 pm

zubby wrote:You guys must ride Harleys !!!!!!

Hardley!!!!!! I used to ride a VTX. Now THERES a V-Twin.


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