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Cable Installation and Maintenance


The following recommendations are given as guide to you help install and setup your cables and make sure you get the best from Venhill products.
 
       Installing a new cable

• Note the routing of the original cable.

• Check that the overall dimensions are the same as the old one. Inner cable lengths may be slightly different, as the old cables will have stretched slightly over time.

• When the new cable is ready to be fitted, route the cable carefully and in most cases, as per the old cable, Make sure the cable will comfortably reach its intended connection.

• If the original cable routing is via a heat source, make sure that there is a suitable gap between the cable and the heat source.

• If cables ties are required to route the cable, leave them loose allowing the cable to move. Too tight and they will restrict the operation of the cable and its ability to move with the handlebars.

• For Push-Pull / Open-Close throttle cables, always connect and adjust the pull/ open cable first where possible.

• Where nipples require lubrication in levers or linkages, use a small amount of copper grease. Avoid using heavy greases as these will attract dirt, restrict the movement of the nipple and cause excessive wear and stress on the nipple and cable.

• When the cable has been installed, check the steering lock to lock and check the operation of the cable at both extremes of steering. Check that the cable does not go tight and that operation is not impaired. If one of the above is true, check the cable routing, adjustment and that all the nipples are located properly.

       Maintenance

Cable maintenance is essential to prolong the life and maintain the operation of the cable.

MX bikes – After a race meeting or as often as possible after power washing, remove the cables from the bike and flush through with with a light lubricant spray such as "WD40". Keep flushing them through until the fluid runs clear. You do not need to lubricate Venhill cables with oil as this will increase friction between the inner wire and the Teflon tubing. Check cable routing when re-fitting and ensure the cables do not snag when steering lock to lock.

Trail bikes – When servicing or after power washing, remove the cables from the bike and flush through with a light lubricant spray such as "WD40". Keep flushing them through until the fluid runs clear. You do not need to lubricate Venhill cables with oil as this will increase friction between the inner wire and the Teflon tubing. Check cable routing when re-fitting and ensure the cables do not snag when steering lock to lock. Also lubricate nipples where required with Copper grease.

Road bikes – At the beginning and end of the summer, remove the cables and flush through with a light lubricant spray such as "WD40". You do not need to lubricate Venhill cables with oil as this will increase friction between the inner wire and the Teflon tubing. Check cable routing when re-fitting and ensure the cables do not snag when steering lock to lock. Check cable routing when re-fitting and ensure the cables do not snag when steering lock to lock. Lubricate nipples where required with Copper grease. Note barrel nipples must be free to rotate in the lever blade.

Do not use heavy engine oils, chain lubricants or grease to lubricate cables as this will attract dirt, increase cable wear and reduce the operation of the cable. Remember: Cables are a service item and should be replaced at regular intervals. If you are in any doubt about replacing or installing a cable please consult you’re nearest qualified motorcycle mechanic.