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#1 andyk_79


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Posted 16 March 2017 - 04:11 PM

Have done a search and couldn't find anything so hopefully I'm not covering old ground.

Does anyone have any tips for freeing up the standard choke cables? Mine require more pressure than I would have thought normal. Are these like old motorbike cables that need lubricating?

I was a bite nervous to put stiff choke lubrication into Google - never sure what might come back.......

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:54 AM

after 45 years, most of them are rooted. this is becuase they're just plain mild steel, without the various coatings and seals that are common today. they're basically bicycle cables. would you ride you bike with 45 y.o cables?

my solution - send them off to a place called con-wire to be replicated -  no friction at ll.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:05 AM

Remove the lot, pull out inner, if it is single wire, and squirt silicon spray lube down inside the outer, hang it vertical for an hour, re-insert inner.
If its a fine multi strand inner, chances are it'll be a bugger to get back inside, so dont remove.
Pull it out 1-2", make a rough funnel around outer, useing kids plasticene, fill funnel shape with spray silucone, hang for a few hours, bit more spray, work inner in and out a bit.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:40 AM

my solution - send them off to a place called con-wire to be replicated -  no friction at ll.

Got any photos of the work they did? Would love to see it.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:36 AM

All I did with mine was get some bicycle gear/brake cable lube and pour it down inside (unbolted from the carbs, held them up in the air and fed oil down inside. Quick fix and a year later they are still silky smooth!



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