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Clutch Cable Lubrication
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:38:16 PM »

So my old clutch cable broke leaving me stranded, and now I'm in the prossess of installing the new one, and I'm using this to lubricate it:

https://www.amazon.com/Cyclo-White-Grease-Lithium-Lubricant/dp/B003TTPKFE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507620488&sr=8-1&keywords=cyclo+white+grease

It's quite thick and I don't know how far it went into the cable, now I'm thinking of cleaning it all off with WD40 and using engine oil instead.

My question is, if I used the WD40 say at 10 in the morning and put the engine oil at 4 in the afternoon, will the WD break up the oil or will it have dried already? Or should I just stay with the white grease and try to put more and see if I can get it to reach the end of the cable?
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 11:54:45 AM »

666,

You've had your bike well and truly long enough to justify a hydraulic setup!

I'll see if I can find links for some of the parts.

The only curly thing will be finding the right braided line, with the right angles of banjo fittings.

Slave:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Hydraulic-Clutch-Master-Slave-Cylinder-Pull-Rod-For-KTM-EXC-XC-XCF-SX-SXF-DUKE-LC4/32713847049.html?ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10152_10065_10151_10068_10344_10345_10342_10343_10340_10341_10307_10060_10155_10154_10056_10055_10054_10059_10534_10533_10532_100031_10099_10338_10103_10102_10052_10053_10142_10107_10050_10051_10325_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10110_10175_10111_10112_10113_10114_10312_10313_10314_10078_10079_10073,searchweb201603_24,ppcSwitch_5&btsid=8f31be14-f4fd-41b4-93ff-24717b0c6180&algo_expid=1c30796f-63b1-48ea-ac30-cb49e24e0e3a-24&algo_pvid=1c30796f-63b1-48ea-ac30-cb49e24e0e3a

Brake and clutch lever set:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2x-Left-Right-Universal-7-8-22mm-Hydraulic-Motorcycle-Brake-Master-Cylinder-Hydraulic-Clutch-Levers-fluid/32765024603.html?ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10152_10065_10151_10068_10344_10345_10342_10343_10340_10341_10307_10060_10155_10154_10056_10055_10054_10059_10534_10533_10532_100031_10099_10338_10103_10102_10052_10053_10142_10107_10050_10051_10325_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10110_10175_10111_10112_10113_10114_10312_10313_10314_10078_10079_10073-10050_10102,searchweb201603_24,ppcSwitch_5&btsid=a91f2b8c-40f3-4292-9063-9cf4e6a7a106&algo_expid=01750692-8021-4afa-bd5a-76cb5e92829f-16&algo_pvid=01750692-8021-4afa-bd5a-76cb5e92829f

OR this would match the OEM look pretty closely:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2009-09-10-11-DUCATI-MONSTER-696-OEM-CLUTCH-MASTER-CYLINDER-LEFT-LEVER-STOCK-/362119834512?fits=Make%3ADucati%7CModel%3AMonster+696&hash=item5450062b90:g:KO8AAOSw7HlZ0tZ9&vxp=mtr

Then you need to measure the length of the hose and get the correct fittings. Venhill do good quality hose and banjos that will seal properly and stay leak free.
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 12:07:39 PM »

about main question, do not worry about grease. put engine oil (w50) or gearbox oil (w90/w140)
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 07:26:06 PM »

Ah, I am most definitely not going to do any custom work on the bike!  ;D

about main question, do not worry about grease. put engine oil (w50) or gearbox oil (w90/w140)
Thanks, I think I'll just go with the leftover 10W40 I have next time, but for now it's just working fine.
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 01:48:47 PM »

I always use any engine oil floating around and leave it hanging for a few days whilst topping it up to travel the length of the cable.
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 04:53:14 AM »

How do you work it along the cable though?? It seems to me that you would only be lubricating the first few centimeters of the cable.
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2017, 01:51:18 PM »

How do you work it along the cable though?? It seems to me that you would only be lubricating the first few centimeters of the cable.

Gravity does most of it by hanging it but you can work the cable whilst pouring the oil.
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 06:15:56 PM »

If you are buying a new cable why would you need to lube it?
How many years or miles did you get out of the old one? it's a $30 part.
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2017, 10:04:12 PM »

If you are buying a new cable why would you need to lube it?
How many years or miles did you get out of the old one? it's a $30 part.
22k KM in 2 and a half years, but lubing it is not only for lengthening it's longevity, but to have it working smoother, well, that's what I understood from reading and watching videos on the subject.
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Re: Clutch Cable Lubrication
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2017, 09:25:42 AM »

If you are buying a new cable why would you need to lube it?
How many years or miles did you get out of the old one? it's a $30 part.

Steel cable rusts after water gets in, cable sticks. Plus it keeps it nice a smooth. By all means ignore it and keep throwing $30 at it or do some preventative maintenance.
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