How to Understand Cable and Hose OEM Numbers on a Motorcycle
What are Cable and Hose OEM Numbers?
In the wide world of motorcycles, there are thousands of different control cable and hydraulic hose designs, each serving a specific task and particular to the vehicle they are designed for.
In order to keep track of this, Original Equipment Manufacturers (commonly referred to as OEM) will often have the part number printed in some form on the cable or hose, so that installers can be sure that the correct part is going on the correct vehicle.
These part numbers usually have a particular structure to them, a numbering language unique to each manufacturer, so becoming familiar with this can be helpful when looking to source the correct parts for your bike.
Understanding Different OEM Number Structures
OEM part numbers are usually made up of two or three segments, one segment will explain what the item is, with the remaining parts explaining what it fits. As the first segment of the part number is self-evident, it is rarely included on the cable or hose.
As an example, 22870-KRN-A40 is a clutch cable from a Honda CRF250R 2012. “22870-”, in Honda’s part numbering structure refers to clutch cable, which if you were holding this product, would be apparent, and as such it is not referenced in the printed lettering. “KRN-A40” gives us the remainder of the part number and tells us specifically what it fits.
This is also accompanied by a batch or manufactured date number, which in the case of OEM numbers is not relevant.
Pictured below is what can be found on this example clutch cable
If we now look at the throttle cable from the same bike, the same second and third segments of the part number can be seen as appears on the clutch.
Knowing that we are looking at a throttle cable however, we can make sure we are considering the correct prefix, in this case, “17910-”. This combines with the remainder of the OEM number on the cable to give us 17910-KRN-A40, which identifies as the throttle cable pair for the Honda CRF250R.
Finding OEM Numbers on Your Cables and Hoses
OEM part numbers are present on most cables, as well as some newer specifications of hose. Due to the amount of dirt and debris cables can pick up over time, the part number can often be obscured, so you should consider wiping down and thoroughly checking over a cable if you are looking for any identification. It is worth noting that some OEM numbers are printed it places that would naturally be obscured during use, such as underneath the rubber dust cover at the handlebar end of a clutch cable or midway adjuster of a throttle cable. If there are other free-moving parts of the outer jacket on the cable, such as an additional outer conduit jacket or an outer spring, consider moving these from one end to another in order.
Hydraulic hoses of older design, particularly rubber hoses, often do not have any OEM markings on them, this can be for a number of reasons but two notable ones are; rubber hoses often have an uneven surface that is difficult to print onto and brake fluid can often dissolve the ink used to emboss the number. That said, newer designs, particularly braided hoses used on newer bikes such a Triumph or Harley Davidson do often have numbering present on their hoses
Getting the Perfect Fit with Venhill
By understanding a little bit about how OEM numbers work, and the unique characteristics of your bike manufacturer’s numbering conventions, you can save yourself a lot of time when looking for replacement parts. At Venhill, we have a wide range of cables and hoses for everything from motocross and trials to street racer and cruiser, and many of our thousands of products now reference the OEM number of the product from which they are based.
This detail can be found on the product page of each item but can also be used to find an item on the website, simply use our website search function and enter a complete number, or if you are unsure on the relevant prefixes, just the numbers you can see on the cable or hose.
Why not try using the two numbers mentioned in this article and see how powerful it really is!
If you’re looking to buy a new cable or hose, be sure to browse our online range here at Venhill. We’ve been making replacement cables for motorbikes since 1970, so are sure to be able to help.
Or if you’d like advice about which cable is right for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our motorcycle cable experts today. We’ll be more than happy to provide recommendations based on you and your bike.