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Old 10-30-2011, 05:28 PM
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Measuring cables

Ok..... I'm wanting to come down from 12" apes to drag bars. I have mocked it up right now with 27" long drags...... I have wrapped the cables around the headlight temporarily. How do I go about measuring what the new clutch, throttle and brake hose I need???? I dont want stainless cables, just plain ole skool black..... and if it helps I have an S&S super E carb.

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use a wire coat hanger or stiff electrical wire routed the way you want the cables and measure that
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Cheap 1/4" white plastic tubing from the hardware store works well.

Since you have the old cables still attached to the carb, front brake and transmission, I would just mark where the old cable should now end (with blue tape and a sharpie). Then remove the cables and measure for the new cables.
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Both very good ideas..... I tried to use my old sportster throttle cable, but it was way to long..... even with the freeplay removed which has me wondering, are their special S&S cables??? The one I am replacing has a threaded adapter where it goes to the handlebar controls, and I've never seen one like this before...... And the Ultima transmission clutch cable installation!!!!!! forget about it, I think the local indie is gonna make some beer money from me!
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:23 AM
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I used 3/8 tubing from Home Depot and ran the tubes like I was running brake cables from banjo bolt to banjo bolt. Work great for me.
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I used a seamstress's tape from wal-mart. $1.95 or something like that i think.
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I used 3/8 tubing from Home Depot and ran the tubes like I was running brake cables from banjo bolt to banjo bolt. Work great for me.
Same here.
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ok.... I think I'll go with the seamstress tape. Any of you guys ever changed the clutch cable on an Ultima? is it as easy as say a Sportster???

Also, I have an S&S shorty carb, are there special cables for that guy? My stock length HD cable was too long even with the freeplay adjusted all the way out.
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ok.... I think I'll go with the seamstress tape. Any of you guys ever changed the clutch cable on an Ultima? is it as easy as say a Sportster???

Also, I have an S&S shorty carb, are there special cables for that guy? My stock length HD cable was too long even with the freeplay adjusted all the way out.
The S&S carbs come with a short cable holder and a tall cable holder. Sounds like you have the short mount on and need the tall one. They only cost a few bucks.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:16 PM
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Ok, cool..... I've seen both shorty cables and the longer cable holder on JP cycle.... time to fire fed-ex up!
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As Cowhunter suggested S&S has two throttle guides. You can buy cables with the proper inner length for either standoff or If you want to use the cables you have you can just change the cable guide. The link will show you both standoffs.
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Most cable companies measure only the casing length of the cable so a 59" casing clutch cable will be closer to 60" long. It usually works to you advantage becuase a little too much length is not as big of and issue as a little too short will be.
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