Clutch cables ....arghh...
So, first off, I'm not trying to beat a clearly lame horse (it's not dead, yet, really).
I have a question: at this point I'm soooo done replacing cables with factory cables. I have a sav-ur-ride I can put on it to get it home- I was out to lunch when it snapped, and was less than a mile away from work, so I limped back to work speed shifting/coasting as much as possible.
This is the FOURTH cable to break in 7,000 miles. Yes I've kept her lubed, no there are no burrs, yes, I've polished the trans-catch to make sure. Twice it broke at the lever, and I could see where the cable rubs ever-so-slightly. After the second one broke, I've kept that area well lubed, and it doesn't show as much wear, but I'm always nervous about it just snapping. The last two, the pin just popped off the end at the transmission. No wear, just clean snapped. The third time (first at the tranny), I gave the lever just a little more slack (about a mm lever of lever pull) just to make sure there was no tension on the cable when disengaged. I got nothin' on this last break.
My question is a two parter: 1.) Does an easy-pull actually reduce stress on the cable, and will that extend the life? Or does it simply transfer the stress from the lever to the cable? 2.) Is a hydraulic clutch going to help at all? If the end is breaking off the bottom of the cable, might it still break off from the hydro-puller?