Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
Probably Ruined my Clutch Cable
Two days ago I did some maintenance on my XCT. One of the things I did was a belt tension and alignment and this worked really well to get rid of the squeaking/chirping. But this good news is not why I need your help.
Another thing I did was attempt to clean and lubricate the clutch lever in its perch and the clutch cable ends. I noticed there was a lot of gunk on the cable where it went into the sleeve so I sprayed a bunch of solvent down in the annular space between the cable and sleeve. I think I used either carb cleaner or brake cleaner. I sprayed it from the top and it came out the bottom. All seemed good.
Now it is two days later and I have not ridden the bike in the interim. I just got on it and tried to pull in the clutch lever. It took all my strength to pull it. When I let go of the lever, it returns to its normal unpulled position but does not return briskly. There is a noticeable lag.
I suspect that I have ruined the clutch cable. The solvent probably swelled/dissolved the plastic cover that goes over the cable or maybe it swelled/dissolved the black plastic sleeve. I removed the cable from both ends and the cable moves okay in the sleeve but there is some drag. I suspect that with tension on the cable, the swollen/dissolved plastics drag.
Anybody else experience this? Were you able to fix the problem or did you have to get a new clutch cable? If the latter, any advice on where to buy one? Thanks in advance for any help that you can offer.
Sorry, editing this to ask one more question. I just googled "Victory cross country clutch cable" and the OEM ones are $145 to $155. There is a new one from Barnett for $81. Does anyone have experience with the Barnett clutch cable for a Victory bike in general and a XCT, specifically? Does it fit and work well like the OEM ones? Thanks.
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Last edited by Vinish; 05-20-2019 at 07:33 PM.