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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Homemade Cable Oiler/Luber

Ok Guys and Gals...........

Don't know if you have seen this before but this is the way I've been doing it
since my 1st Bike.

Get some different size funnels.


Pick the one that your cable fits through.


Get some different size rubber hose and cut pieces that will make a tight
fit around the cable.


Like this but leave the side a little long when you cut the hose.




This Longer Funnel helps push the hose down into the Funnel.


Should look like this.


I use ATF because it seems to cut through most crud in the cables.
I guess you could also heat and mix some Bearing grease with the ATF.


You don't need to pour in a lot. Just enough to cover the end.


A Gravity feed cable oiler.
Just wait until you see it drip out the end of the cable & it's done

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That the kind of Mcgyver tool that I would come up with jt. Good idea, and all the parts are probably already in the workshop somewhere!

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I've always used the sandwich bag method.

Take a ziplock bag cut off a bottom corner just large enough to push the end of the cable through, then using a rubber band or twine, wrap it around the plastic bag on the cable sleeve several times to make a tight seal. Fill the bag with your favorite oil , zip it shut, and hang it from the opposite corner using a clothes pin or hook.
After the oil comes out the bottom you can cut the rubber band and toss the bag away....avoiding any other cleanup. you can also do two cables by using both corners of the bag.


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I've always used the sandwich bag method.
Take a ziplock bag cut off a bottom corner just large enough to push the end of the cable through, then using a rubber band or twine, wrap it around the plastic bag on the cable sleeve several times to make a tight seal. Fill the bag with your favorite oil , zip it shut, and hang it from the opposite corner using a clothes pin or hook.
After the oil comes out the bottom you can cut the rubber band and toss the bag away....avoiding any other cleanup. you can also do two cables by using both corners of the bag.KM

That would work too. They didn't have Ziplock bags when I started using the funnels.
Only the Wax Bags and the thin plastic ones with the long flap that you folded in and the cup that folded over that.

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That would work too. They didn't have Ziplock bags when I started using the funnels.
Only the Wax Bags and the thin plastic ones with the long flap that you folded in and the cup that folded over that.
And I bet the ownder's manual came written in coal on the back of a shovel! ;P
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Or you can just buy a cable luber at your local bike shop for $7.00,and leave the cables on the bike.Can lube all your cables in like 5 mins.Except your speedo cable witch needs to be cleaned and then lubed with a good waterproof grease.

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Or you can just buy a cable luber at your local bike shop for $7.00,and leave the cables on the bike.Can lube all your cables in like 5 mins.Except your speedo cable witch needs to be cleaned and then lubed with a good waterproof grease.


Well, using either of the suggested home methods does not require removing the cable from the bike , any more than the commercial cable lubers.

My experiance with the store bought ones is the spray can seems to allways back-fire some, messing up you and your bike. You also have to stand there holding the damn thing waiting for the oil to work it's way through....especialy if the cable is badly gunked up to start with.

The other methods are less messy, actually do a much better job, and require very little time invested...or money.

In the shop I worked we used solvent proof rubber gloves. Each finger had the tip nipped off so we could "lube" 5 cables at a time (if they were in fact removed from the bike) We actualy had two of these, one glove was only used with a solvent based oil like WD40 to clean the crap out of the cable, and the other glove was used for the lubricating oil.


After the "solvent" treatment was done, before removing the cable, we'd grab the "finger" it was attached to and stick the end of a rubber tipped air nozzle down inside it, carefully blowing the remaining solvent out before using the "oiling glove".

This method would make any cable feel like it was brand new, no matter how gummed up it was.


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In the shop I worked we used solvent proof rubber gloves. Each finger had the tip nipped off so we could "lube" 5 cables at a time (if they were in fact removed from the bike) We actualy had two of these, one glove was only used with a solvent based oil like WD40 to clean the crap out of the cable, and the other glove was used for the lubricating oil.
This method would make any cable feel like it was brand new, no matter how gummed up it was. KM
KM, glad you mentioned WD40 as a solvent, a lot of folks seem to thing it is the greatest lube going...
Gunsmiths call it "Gunsmith's Friend" as it would in fact dry to a hard film and cause all sorts of problems...
It is though a good solvent and hand cleaner as well, IMHO...

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Hey thanks JT. I've been looking for a good way to do this, except I think I'll be copying KM's ziplock idea. Once again this group proves it's worth.

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