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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-26-2018, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Does a Magnum Really need the Barnett Clutch Cable?

Witchdoctors has those Barnett clutch cables saying they reduce clutch effort. I dont have a major problem with the clutch, but I want to ask if we have any proof that says the stock 2016 cable 1. Not plastic coated so the Barnett is better. 2. Is poorly made and improved with a Barnett Clutch cable. 3. Requires a lot more effort than the Barnett. Barnett claim is 40% reduction in pull force. WTF? its 2016 and is this true?

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Witchdoctors has those Barnett clutch cables saying they reduce clutch effort. I dont have a major problem with the clutch, but I want to ask if we have any proof that says the stock 2016 cable 1. Not plastic coated so the Barnett is better. 2. Is poorly made and improved with a Barnett Clutch cable. 3. Requires a lot more effort than the Barnett. Barnett claim is 40% reduction in pull force. WTF? its 2016 and is this true?
When i was reading about 10 forum members breaking the stock cable on the road... i decided to replace it with that barnet cable ... I did not notice that much difference, but i replaced it coz it lasts MUCH longer than stock, and now i carry the stock one as a spare in my CCT ....

Maybe in the next few years they will be difficult to find ?

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Andre may not have noticed much difference on his Jackpot, but when I put a Barnett cable on my XR I sure noticed a much lighter and smoother pull. That cable, combined with an EZ-Pull and my clutch is like that on a 250cc bike. Which is much appreciated by this old rider.
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I've had 2 original and 1 Barnett. There may be a minor difference. Lubricate the ends and any cable will work better. I'd stay away from the EZ clutch unless you know your way around the shop.
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I've had 2 original and 1 Barnett. There may be a minor difference. Lubricate the ends and any cable will work better. I'd stay away from the EZ clutch unless you know your way around the shop.
There's a lot of truth in that last sentence. Not only is free play a bit dicey, but possible, but you also have to do some clever shimming to align the cable with the sheath at the bottom end so it comes out straight. You also have to make sure there are no rough spots on the EZ-Pull that will chafe the cable. Should do that at the handlebar lever too.

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40 percent is a big diff. BIG claim to make with the barnett cable. Maybe someday we will find evidence of this magic.
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40 percent is a big diff. BIG claim to make with the barnett cable. Maybe someday we will find evidence of this magic.
Wheres it say 40%?
I fitted a Barnett cable after my rebore and cams as I also fitted a Barnett Scorpion clutch and wanted as much as possible in my favour with old arthritic hands.
The Barnett Scorpion was overkill so I went back to a Victory clutch with Barnett spring and cover plate which is still quite heavy.
I honestly dont think theres any difference in effort between stock cable and Barnett.
The real reason I went with Barnett cable it was on special at the time and it was 6" over which was good with my Burleigh Bars but bottom line the Barnett is stronger and better designed the way the barrel ends pivot and dont stress the cable.
The stock cable has inherent weak points in its design and even though my stocker lasted 60,000 miles as Im critical about maintenance of the cable ends which is crucial with the stock cable.
Im about to go back to the Victory green spring and stock coverplate soon and with that setup I can use the EZ Clutch ad all will be sweet as Im only on 115hp 123 tq and stock clutch is ok with those numbers.
Only then can I give a true opinion onthe feel of the Barnett cable.
Bottom line its less liable to break.

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40% less effort https://buywitchdoctors.com/p/599824...-inch-sc-2637/ and hell this cable is 6 inchs longer.

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40% less effort https://buywitchdoctors.com/p/599824...-inch-sc-2637/ and hell this cable is 6 inchs longer.
Thats a throttle cable..

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I still have the stock clutch cable on and have had an EZ clutch on for over 40K miles. Both ends of the cable look fine, no fraying or wear. Clutch is fine with 51K miles so far. If you don't know how to adjust the free play in a clutch cable then you'd be better served with a hydraulic clutch. I think with the substantial reduced effort on the clutch with the EZ clutch cover my cable should last substantially longer.
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