Where to buy an extended clutch cable?

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  1. richmo1

    richmo1 Just a rider

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    Recently added 2" risers on my F800GS. I like the risers but I need to buy a slightly longer clutch cable (it pulls at full right stop). Anybody know of a place to buy one?
    Thanks.
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  2. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    motion pro :deal
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  3. Mike.C

    Mike.C Stelvio Dreamer!

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    Both our F658's are fitted with ROX risers and I used clutch cables from the F800ST (K71). BMW part number 32737723131

    Here in OZ I payed $73.22 each for them.
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  4. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    are the end fittings the same? :ear
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  5. Mike.C

    Mike.C Stelvio Dreamer!

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    Yes - exactly the same.

    Edit: Actually just remembered that the thread on the engine end is a bit different. All it means is that the adjuster nuts are not in the middle of the available thread, not an issue and been on the bikes for over 3000km now. The Lever end is identical.
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  6. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    I'm also running the 800ST clutch cable with my risers. As mentioned above, the threaded section of the outer sheath isn't is in the best spot. It doesn't allow for much cable adjustment (if any).

    Normally there's a jam nut on either side of the mounting boss in the block but I found if I had the upper nut on, the clutch didn't have any free play so I took the top nut off and added a washer to get things adjusted properly. Other than that, it's a quick and easy swap.
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  7. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    What about the st throttle cable? Would that work? :ear
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  8. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    Apparently 3 inches shorter than the GS cable. Credit for the cable find to inmate "Bicyclist" :thumb

    Not sure how to quote a single post but it's here, post #29
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  9. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Here's a snippet I saved from another thread regarding the clutch cable:

    Hey JR, once he explained it and once I actually got down on my knees to take a look it was really straightforward...these instructions probaby make it sound way more complicated than it actually is!:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    1. Detach clutch cable from clutch. This might involve a bit of work to get enough slack to allow you to pull it away from the catch.<o:p></o:p>
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    2. Detach clutch cable from clutch lever. Once the clutch cable is free of the clutch you should have more than enough free play to work on this. If you look at the underside of the lever housing you'll notice a notch at the bottom where you'll be able to take the cable out from.<o:p></o:p>
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    3. You will probably have to take off some of the clips keeping the clutch cable housing bundled with the other cables, and depending on how much slack you have, may also have to loosen or remove the wire guide. Also a good time to squirt some cable lube if you feel like it's sticking.<o:p></o:p>
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    4. At this point you should now be free to thread the cable housing through the triple clamp and to whatever position you want. I have mine just going up the inner left side of the fairing panel and this has given me enough slack at full lock with my Rox risers on.<o:p></o:p>
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    5. Reattach the cable to the lever housing and then the clutch.<o:p></o:p>
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    6. Stand back and bask in the satisfaction of a simple job well done.<o:p></o:p>
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  10. CJL00

    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    I have the Rallye-Moto steering dampener which raises the bars about 20mm as well as the Rox 50mm risers (I am 6'4" so ideally would like more but that would look silly).

    I searched everywhere for a longer clutch cable and luckily found a local bolke who makes clutch cables in is backyard shed, mostly for Harley's. He made me on for $70.00 which worked OK.

    I then had a mate fit a Magura hydraulic clutch kit to his DRZ400E and found they do a kit for the F800GS. Cost around $380.00 here in Oz and is brilliant. It has the extra length so is not tight at either lock and makes changes oh so smooth and easy. My old arthritic hands used to sieze up when travelling through towns or when in really tight slow stuff. I can use this thing all day without any problem.

    Fitting was a piece of cake. Remove the old cable and the clutch lever assembly on the handlebars. The hydraulic unit comes fully assembled and fully bled. Simply feed the slave cylinder assembly down along the chassis and fit to the same bracket the clutch cable went to and bolt the new clutch lever assembly to the handlebars. Took less than half an hour.

    Worth every cent.
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  11. Motorfiets

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    bumping an old thread... where do I find a longer throttle cable? :ear
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  12. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Can't say for sure, but when I was researching throttle cables for a Honda, these guys seemed to be the best bet.

    http://www.motionpro.com/

    Most of the cable guys wanted the original cable or a lot of detailed info about it, but Motion Pro told me in an email that they already had the specs and all I needed to do was tell them how much over I needed the cable to be. I dunno whether they have specs for BMW cables or not, but they will respond to an email request for info.

    For my F800ST, I found the GS throttle cable to be longer and perfect for my setup. Going the other way, the ST clutch cable is longer than the GS cable.

    So check with Motion Pro and see whether they can do anything for you and let us know.
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  13. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    they can do it... but need the cable.... and we leave in 23 days... :hmmmmm

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  14. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    installed the ST clutch and now my lever is really tight!!!! what are you guys doing with the spacers/nuts at the bottom on the clutch case?!?!? :huh
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  15. Motorfiets

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    With a nut instead of a washer, could that cause my clutch to be tight?
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  16. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    I sent you a PM too. Yeah, on my bike, I can't use the upper jam nut as the inner cable isn't quite long enough to give enough clutch freeplay. I added a washer on the top side in place of the nut. It worked OK.

    I had a new inner cable made up an inch longer and re-installed the upper nut, now all is well.

    Make sure you lever free play is within spec or you'll risk cooking your clutch.
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