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    Where can I get a shortened clutch cable?

    So, I've swapped the bars to clip ons and the clutch cable I have is 1. siezed 2. Wayyyyy too long now.

    Does anyone know where I can get one that's a bit shorter?
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    Many shorten their own
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    This appears helpful. Note the comments also.

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    Yup easy enough to shorten yourself. I've done a few already with the round tip with a screw in it, that they also use for bicycle cables. Also soldered to secure it enough, but probably no need for it.
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    I did the brass ends with the screw on method (solder method did not show favor to me); however, when I did it I torqued down pretty good on the screws and then ground the screw heads off on a bench grinder. Don't ask me why or how "lol" but it seems that by grinding this down it will prevent the screw from ever loosing. Some may say otherwise but it looks good and works perfect for me.
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    I use solder and .22 bullet shells to put a new barrel on the cable. Works for both clutch and throttle.
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    No problem cutting the existing ones. You can use screw-on barrels or make them yourself. I made barrels from 6mm brass bolts, cut to length and drilled them out for the inner cable. Soldered them in place. Screw-ons can also be soldered to add strength.
    Just remember to mesasure the free lengt of inner cable before cutting. You should end up With same free length after cutting.

    Soldering can take some time, since the oil/grease remains on the inner cable has to burn off before the solder-material will flow all the way in.

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