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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-25-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a new motion pro clutch cable, its the OE vinyl replacement. It says to lubricate the cable before installing with motion pro lubricant, is there an alternative to this that works well on clutch cables?
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Not sure if this is appropriate or not. I read in a factory and clymer service manual where it states to use 10w 30 or 40 for a lube on the cables, but don't quote me on that. I don't have my manuals handy at the moment.

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Yup, the Clymer manual says to use cable lube or 10W30 motor oil.
I haven`t had the pleasure of doing this bit of maintenance yet, but I think it was Knifemaker who suggested using a sandwich baggie with the corner snipped off to use as a funnel to lube the cables.

Stick the end of the cable through the hole, into the bag, and use an elastic band to close the baggie corner tight around the end of the cable sheath.
With the cable pulled up in the sheath, pour a small amount of oil into the baggie funnel and watch the lower end of the cable sheath until you see oil start to drip out.

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I always use WD40 on my cables have an attachment screws on to the cable then insert the plastic flexi tube supplied with the tin and squirt it forces the lube down the cable
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I always use WD40 on my cables have an attachment screws on to the cable then insert the plastic flexi tube supplied with the tin and squirt it forces the lube down the cable
I think WD40 is too thin for lubing the cables and will evaporate after a while. It is good to use as a means of flushing the cables of dirt, but i would still use a spray lube made specifically for cables afterwards.
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I use gear oil and KM's baggie procedure. I put a rag around the bottom of the cable to catch the runoff. My theory is the heavier oil will stay put longer.

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I think WD40 is too thin for lubing the cables and will evaporate after a while. It is good to use as a means of flushing the cables of dirt, but i would still use a spray lube made specifically for cables afterwards.
You maybe right but with the cable oiler it only takes a couple of ticks to re apply and I've never had a problem with tight/stiff cables while using WD
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Bike Aid Dri-Slide comes with a needle applicator, no need to pull cables, and no oily mess. Available in most bike and motorcycle shops.


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Bike Aid is a Moly powder when it dries and does work well. WD 40 is fine if you have the time to lube your cables every two weeks.

Tri Flow Teflon oil can be applied much like WD40, but you likely won't have to re lube your cables for YEARS. Engine oil is fine too, but should be checked every year as it can "thin out" over time at the higher elevations of the cable.

The speedometer cable should be greased not oiled. Axle grease or gear grease works fine. Moly grease would be overkill, but it don't take much to grease the cable so that extra bit you got on your glove while lubing the splines makes it the ideal time to lube your speedo cable too.

The only thing I've found WD40 good for is cleaning the chain on a chain drive bike and cleaning grease off my hands.

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I use WD-40 on everything, and have never had any problems. I buy it by the gallon, and go through about a gallon a month. While I do agree with grease on the speedometer cable, I have used WD-40 on all other cables with no problems, I lube them about every 6 months. I have some of those stretchy covers that come on test leads to cover the alligator clips, they make ideal small funnels to stretch over the ends of the cables, fill with WD-40, wait about one minute, and it will be dripping out the other end. All the cables EXCEPT the speedometer cable on my '02 with '72,000 miles on it are original, and in great shape. I do only use one throttle cable, I removed the "decel" cable, because it doesn't do anything. It "could" be considered a safety device, but it could also cause the throttle to stick open, depending on exactly what happened. I prefer to use one cable, and hopefully if it breaks, the carb spring will close the throttle. If not, I still have the emergency kill switch under my right thumb.

I have also used LPS #2 as a cable lube, I'm sure it is better than WD-40, but about 3-4 times the price.

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