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post #1 of 12 Old 12-07-2011, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Cable Lube

Anybody got any tips on the best lubes/methods to use to effectively lubricate clutch/speedometer cables? Any lube I can find at the local auto parts store that will work okay? Is there any way to do it without buying some kind of specialty "lubing tool?" Would just spraying some WD-40 down through them with that red plastic straw thing included with the can work to both clean and lube?




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post #2 of 12 Old 12-07-2011, 02:01 AM
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I use tri-flo. Comes with a straw. Little black bottle will last you forever. Any bike shop (bicycle) will have it.




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I use DuPont Teflon spray which is also what I use on the chain. I link it because it doesn't continue to drip out of the lower end of the cable like oil will. Any spray is a bit of a mess to use unless you get a cable lube tool which is about 10 bucks.
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Just about anything oily will work.

What works best I haven't researched but have used
anything laying around without incident. (WD-40, trans fluid,
motor oil, gear lube, spray graphite,etc.)

The main thing is keeping them wet, and crud off the exposed strands.

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Clutch, throttle, and choke cables, I stick to WD40 since it doesn't thicken up or freeze like some of the wax or other thicker products. It's no fun to have to sit beside the highway waiting for your frozen clutch cable to melt. The cable lubers are the most effective method I've found for getting lube all the way through the cable. Yeah, I can sit spraying and working the cable for an extended period of time to make sure the lube gets to the bottom, or I can stick the little luber on there and be done in 30 seconds, and know that I'm doing a reasonable job of flushing contaminants.
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I use DuPont Teflon spray which is also what I use on the chain. I link it because it doesn't continue to drip out of the lower end of the cable like oil will. Any spray is a bit of a mess to use unless you get a cable lube tool which is about 10 bucks.
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Ah the squeeze bottle. I wish they had that on the shelf with the aerosol.
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Thanks for the recommendations, guys. I guess most anything would be better than nothing, but it would seem something more along the lines of a "lube" would be best.

I'm going to hit the auto parts stores this weekend and see what I can find.



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I have one of those old metal oil cans from my father in-law. I use that sucker all the time. Just undo your cable at the top and make it stand straight up someday when you're doing things around the house. Squirt a little bit, let it run, squirt abit, etc. You can't put very much at all at one time. Nows the time of year when you really notice the difference.
I've used Wd before but I didn't feel it lasted near as long.

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