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    Looking at winterizing and don't see advice on Cleaning and Lubing Cables. What are the best ways to clean and best Lube products.

  • #2
    My avatar says it all IMHO. Lanolin based non drying film. I spray a little on each cable end.
    "BEST LUBE PRODUCTS " thread Excellent !

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    • #3
      Never lube my cables

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TimB View Post
        Never lube my cables
        Collects Dirt right ?

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        • TimB
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          I've never had a reason to lube them. They are Teflon lined, I rarely ride in the rain (I'm in New Mexico) & I NEVER wash my bike at the car wash.

      • #5
        I just remove the cables at the top and slowly drip a dry liquid lube down the inner cable until it runs out the bottom.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Shores View Post
          I just remove the cables at the top and slowly drip a dry liquid lube down the inner cable until it runs out the bottom.
          Dry Liquid ???

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          • #7
            PJ-1 lube spray and cable luber

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              • #9
                All of my dealings with all of the bikes I've owned, I've learned that, if you lube the cables with a liquid lube, you will have to service them regularly and keep them clean.
                If you want to lube them, then I would suggest using a dry lube because a liquid lube collects dirts or sands.

                When I used to Motocross race, I'd lube the cables, then one of my sponsor mechanic showed me why not to lube the cables, and said to leave them dry with the cables always facing down. If the cables ever comes back up, then that's where dirt will collect.
                I, myself, don't lubed the cables anymore, and owning my 2001 RS since it was new, haven't ever lubed the cables.

                I might be wrong, just saying this is me.

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                • TimB
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                  I agree

                • roadiemort
                  roadiemort commented
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                  Yamaha also don't mention it in the manual under periodic maintenance, only to lube the pivot points.

              • #10
                Originally posted by Horsehammerr View Post

                Dry Liquid ???
                Goes on liquid, dries with a Teflon, wax or graphite powder.

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                • #11
                  I have worked on bikes that had some rough cables. Like previous replies, I used a dry lube to help with the issue. Same thing I use on my tool box slides. Graphite spray. Dries as a powder. Good stuff.

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                  • #12
                    I may be wrong but I think your not suppose to use graphite lube on braided cables.
                    Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid----John Wayne

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by MikeyC View Post
                      I may be wrong but I think your not suppose to use graphite lube on braided cables.
                      Aren't braided cables lined ?

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                      • MikeyC
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                        I thought so, but I was told it wouldn't hurt the cable just turns the braid black and makes it look ugly.

                    • #14
                      15 year old Wildstar with 71K miles , never lubed cables yet , original throttle cables , clutch replaced when Barnett conversion fitted , teflon lined and no issues .

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                      • #15
                        How many here broken a cable on their R*?
                        l had a used 89 Kawasaki that lived outside broke the clutch cable.
                        victory had a cable break problem, lack of maintenance, solution was LUBE the ferrule ends.
                        post reply #2!!!!

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                        • #16
                          Never had a cable break in any bike I've ever owned, I have 5 at the moment.

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                          • #17
                            I’ve never had a cable break. I’ve only used lube on cables that are old, not frayed and don’t rust. I spent a lot of time resurrecting old Honda’s and Yamahas. It sucks to spend money on cables when a decent cleaning and lube will bring an existing cable back to life. The modern cables should not need lubed for their life of use. Older cables are fine to get smoothed out with some lube. I use to use motor oil before I bought a motion pro tool.

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                            • #18
                              Had a couple Snapped wires at the lever on my clutch cable. Replaced it 10,000 miles back , no problems. Around 94,000 on the one that was fraying. Only lubing I've done was on lever pivots.

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