How to route and fit a cable painlessly and properly
Fitting a new cable is simple enough if you heed the golden rules about good routing
MAINTAINING CONTROL means making control cables do as they’re meant to. Correct routing is key to that. Incorrect routing leads to snagging and pulling, often at inopportune moments with the potential for dangerous loss of control as a throttle fails to close or a clutch disengages.
Often when rebuilding a bike you might find yourself with no clue as to how a cable was routed at the factory. Or maybe you thought you’d remember how a cable went but when it comes to refitting, imperfect memory has failed you. We must admit to that one happening to us with increasing frequency these days.
If you have a factory manual then there are probably a few pages in it detailing the correct routing of cables and wires, but these can be notoriously difficult to read and fathom out depending on the manufacturer and the quality of the manual.
However the application of commonsense and the interpretation of a few clues both on the cable and the bike will see you with a control cable that’s both safe and fully functional.
We took the clutch cable off Project TDR paying scant attention to its routing to demonstrate the point.
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