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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-16-2012, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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My cable broke on the way to work tonight, luckily I didnít get plowed over running all the stop signs getting back home lol.

I think I'm going to order two save ur ride cables in the morning the wait is going to kill me though.

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It just seems that a period of time and this would be a automatic thing to replace before it leaves you stranded. No fraying before it let go? Where did it break? What run number is it? Was this a certain vender that made it for Victory or was this a in-house made part? Was it lubed to factory service manual ? I have never heard of this many clutch cables breaking. Of course miles and age are factors, butt still part of the blame has to be on the owner if it is not adjusted and lubed properly.

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If the odometer was correct when I bought it it only had 2500 miles, Iíve put just over 2500 miles on it. I was a little skeptical about it having so few miles on it but it looks and runs like itís brand new so I guess itís possible.

I havenít lubed the cables myself so your probably right about it not being properly maintained but from now on itís on the check list.

This is the fifth motorcycle Iíve owned and the first clutch cable Iíve ever had break on me. Iíve had a lot worse things happen though so if this is the only issue I have from my Vic then I can live with it. It still sucks to be down a few days though.

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I can't help but to think that maybe the lever is the problem? Has anybody looked to see if the cable is binding on the lever? I have chrome covers otherwise I would go look.

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Where is it breaking at? The clutch, handle bar lever or the area on the right side by the belt?

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I can't help but to think that maybe the lever is the problem? Has anybody looked to see if the cable is binding on the lever? I have chrome covers otherwise I would go look.
Yea I'm pretty sure it's the lever, I just got home from work and looked it over, the slot where the cable goes is very sharp, probably that and it not being lubed properly.
I've searched through and read a lot of the older threads about this and what to do to fix and prevent it from happening again.

Sorry if it sounded like I was asking for help with a problem and then providing very little info about the problem. I know you guys love when people do that lol.
I was just sharing my exciting evening with everyone It looks like it's just one of those things I really have to stay on top of so I'll take most of the blame but that still doesn't mean it's not a flaw.

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It does seem unusual that there is quite a few others with the same problem, that makes me think that it is a quality problem from a vender. Maybe some of the guys that had the problem would file a complaint . They would see if it is a issue to maybe have a recall on the product. If so then Victory would fix it for free. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Recalls+&+Defects this is where it needs to start, if every one would get on board and find out if this is a defect part....https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ If you do a search there is recalls out on Victory motorcycles. Kingpin , Vegas so on.....

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If it is indeed due to sharp edges on the lever, then all you need to do is to very slightly radius the sharp edges with a file, go easy, just a very small radius and use some emery to make it really smooth.

Marlin levers have the same problem (sharp edges) and after as little as ten rounds it can start to dig into the carrier plate and if let go it will create a gouge and the lever will eventually hang up on gouge.

All that is needed is a 1/32 radius with a file and the smooth it out with some fine emery cloth, problem goes away and no need to ever replace carrier.

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On the newer cables they put these little teflon/plastic pieces around the lead ends to slide and turn against the metal. I'd like to buy a bunch of those to put on existing ends even if I had to sand them down a bit to fit.
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Thanks for the advice; I ordered two Save-ur-ride cables this morning Iím going to knock the sharp edge off hook up one of the cables and leave it on and inspect it regularly, if it breaks Iíll replace it with a Barrett and keep the other in the bag. I like the teflon as a buffer idea; I will look in to that as well thanks.

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