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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-28-2011, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought a left over 2011 Kingpin which I take delivery of in a couple of days. I have read in different forums about problems with the clutch cables snapping and was thinking of buying an aftermarket hydraulic clutch kit. I would appreciate some opinions on this. Also if someone can recommend a place to buy a kit.

I see that for a couple of years the Kingpin came with a hydraulic clutch standard. Does anyone know why Victory did away with it?
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Victory sells the conversion. The install looks pretty simple.

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I have an 08 kingpin and my clutch cable snapped 4 months ago.I only had 4800 miles on the bike.From what i learned you have to lube well at the lever barrel to keep it from bending back and fourth till it snaps.I hope this time it will last longer!!!The new cable was not cheap at $110 and having to remove the gas tank for install.Good luck!!!
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Where is the lever barrel? What kind of lube did you use. I have an 08 Kingpin with 5000K on it.

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The barrel is in the clutch lever. Mine also broke at about 5000 miles. I took a dremel tool and relieved the sharp edge on the barrel and use a good teflon grease. I have 60,000 on this cable still going strong. knock on wood.

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The barrel is in the clutch lever. Mine also broke at about 5000 miles. I took a dremel tool and relieved the sharp edge on the barrel and use a good teflon grease. I have 60,000 on this cable still going strong. knock on wood.
After my last clutch cable which snapped at the pin, I filed down lip on the barrel and the groove which the cable goes through just in case vibes was adding to it. Been 1000+ miles and zero signs of wear through the teflon casing. Using Moly B for lube on cable end only.

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The grease i use is moly-graph about $5 for a big tube.Its great for extreme pressure.Load it up at the barrel end on clutch lever.Its a huge pain in the ass when that cable snaps!The dealer wanted around $200 for cable and install,so i did it myself.You have to remove the gas tank to get to cable sucks.Like i said before on other threads victory better get with the program when your spending $20,000 for a bike you shouldnt be worring about a clutch cable snapping on you.My brother has a volcan 900 with 45,000 miles he never touched the cable nor has he greased it.When i look for a new bike again if victory has not taken care of that issue i will be spending my money elsewere!!!There is no reason why i should have to pay another $400 on a hydraulic clutch.None of my friends with other bikes ever had a cluth issue.(just saying)
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The barrel is in the clutch lever. Mine also broke at about 5000 miles. I took a dremel tool and relieved the sharp edge on the barrel and use a good teflon grease. I have 60,000 on this cable still going strong. knock on wood.

I also use a moly-teflon lube tube from NAPA. Brake lube, and glob it every few weeks. Parts Manager @ Arlen Ness may have a new set up to offer soon! Stay tuned, same Vic time same Vic channel.

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We have both an 08 vegas and 09 kingpin, both clutch cables broke last fall. My kp broke at the clutch lever and her vegas broke at the trans lever. And both broke from sticking in the lever, twisting th ferrule until the cable broke. So I keep them lubed up real good now. I did by new aftermarket barnett cables and the ferrules are better quality, and they were only $60 each. But if you want to fool proof the system, just get one of those aluminum easy clutch actuator lever extensions. they make the clutch pull easier there fore less strain on the cable, but also keep it lubed.

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