Wisdom on this forum is that the speedo cable should be withdrawn from the wheel end and given a light coat of grease, especially to reduce wear in the bend near the speedometer.
I did this yesterday and came up with an easy way to "persuade" the cable around same bend when re-inserting. I put the tip of the wheel end of the cable in the chuck of a drill, gently tightened just enough to hold it, and spun the cable with the drill while pushing in.
It went all the way in very easily, after multiple unsuccessful attempts to do it without the drill trick.
 Note that the speedometer end of the cable was disconnected when I did this.
[ This message was edited by: Baltobonneville on 2007-06-10 21:35 ]
Balto--that's brilliant! I struggled with that little beastly thing until I was convinced I would have to order a whole new cable. I could not get the top of the cable past the curve at the very top of the outside sheath. So I resorted to my "if all else fails" maneuver, a beer. Came back for one, two, three last tries and finally got the beast to go through, but this trick of yours, gently, gently done, sounds surefire. Not wanting to risk being unable to get the cable back into the sheath, I've been lubing with the cable inside the sheath, using BikeLube, but my usual procedure has always been to remove the cable from the sheath, clean it, lube it with good grease, and put it back in the sheath, remembering to keep grease away from the top of the cable that goes into the speedo housing itself. I'm going to go out and properly lube my speedo cable.
It worked beautifully! First I took the cable off, then pulled from the bottom by hand. No way it was coming out of the sheath. Same as before--inner cable was hung up at the top bend. I tried turning and pulling out, no go. So I hooked up the drill, very carefully, knocked the drill down to its slowest setting, and presto, a few rotations and slight pulling out and the cable was free. I cleaned it up, lubed it properly and slid it back in the sheath. Hooked up the bottom of the inner cable in the drill chuck and again, presto, it's back in place, easily clearing the bend. Thanks Balto!! I was actually chuckling to myself in the garage.
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