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    When I put the Grub to bed this winter, I removed all the control cables to service while it's down.



    What should I use to lube these cables? Clean crankcase oil? Light-weight motor oil? Something specifically for this application?





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    I wouldn't use any sort of motor-oil to lube the cables. It might be fine for a while, but it'll start to collect dust and dirt, and the the cables will not function properly (they'll get gummed up, and will also be affect by cooler temps). There is a proper light-weight oil specifically designed for cables. I've never had a problem with the cables using a specific lube. It is lightweight, but seems quite slippery. The stuff I have is called "PJ1" Cable Lube. Claims to entend cable life, cleans & lubes, and is easy to use. That's what's printed on the can. It sprays on, much like WD-40 does, but doesn't evaporate. They have a website - www.pj1.com.

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    For the past few years I've been using Inox.



    I too would steer away from mineral oil, but for a different reason. It can swell the nylon/teflon lining of modern cables leading to cable seizure.
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    I always use 3 in 1 oil or air tool oil.
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    Something like TriFlo, leaves Teflon behind.

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    I use stuff I buy from a bike shop for mountain bike cables. It works well, lots of different types to choose from. Or you could order online from a place like Bike Nashbar.
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    The best way for me is to clean them with break cleaner. It removes all the dirt and the old grease.

    after that I use 80w90 Honda Hypoid Oil to lub it. Don't be cheap lol



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    As above there's lots of options.I've used light machine oil,ACF50 etc.



    There are some new,"Slinky" cables over here from,"Wemoto"that are supposed to be good,



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    Thanks for all the info, guys.



    The last time I lubed cables, I just dripped the oil can down the top of the throttle cables. I ended up with black puddles on the carbs. Since then, I've fill the can with hypoid oil, so I'd probably use that, unless I find a specialty synthetic. It should cling better, at least.



    I imagine O'Reilly/Autozone/Napa would have generic lubricants, but not something specifically for cables. I'll check the neighborhood bicycle shop for cable lube. (Thanks for the tip.)





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    1981 GL500 Basket case -> AdvWing (Dual-sport conversion in progress) - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3


    1979 CX500 Deluxe rolling chassis -> Hmm?

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    graphite powder is the best way of keeping your cables in working order,all oils have a sticky makeup ,so any dust will not leave the scene.

    I use it in my job in electronics and was put onto this by an old technician who has been riding for 30 plus years,not one cable seized since.

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