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Repair/service cables on your motorcycle

Hi, try this trick,

Disconect your cables at the top,

Take a small plastic, zip lock bag and cut off the corner.

Place the bag over the end of each cable and tape it to the cable OUTER.
(Not the cable wire inner).

Put some light lubricating oil (sewing machine oil), in the bag and zip it up and leave for 10-15 minuites.

Refit and adjust the cable freeplay (2 mm) for clutch and brake cables(where applicable), and 1-2mm for throttle cables.

Andrew Porrelli




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First, cut them to the size and shape you want. Make sure they are thoroughly dried. Spread out on a cookie sheet. Place in freezer until completely frozen. Then place into a zip lock freezer bag, removing as much of the air in the bag before zipping, zip and get right back into the freezer.

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I successfully fixed this issue today on a 2008 dash stroller. first remove the handle, you will need to drill out the two rivets with a 1/4" drill bit, but don't go too far, don't drill out the plastic on the handle piece. unscrew the four brake cable clips. unscrew the two screws securing the grey release clips. Prop stroller on the handle bar side (put padding underneath so you don't mess up your work surface) and the rear wheels. now get two small bladed screw drivers, you can gradually pry down the internal plastic locking wedge on either side till it releases the front wheel section which folds down. (on the left side which is likely functioning, you can just pull the plastic circular piece down with your fingers, as the internal wire is still connected)
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While pulling up on choke see if there is anyone movement at carbs. If not then choke cable is broken. One final test 1st. Find air intke. It should be under your seat. If you have aftermarket K$N filters or similar then it become more complicated. If you have an air box, place hand over hole and bike should idle faster. Same principal with aftermrket but harder to do, Zip Lock bags or grocery bags if Zip lock are to small should achieve same effect.

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