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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-14-2011, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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I actually went to 2 hardware stores and a sporting goods/gun shop and could not find a lube with teflon. Where the %$#@ do you find that stuff?
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I actually went to 2 hardware stores and a sporting goods/gun shop and could not find a lube with teflon. Where the %$#@ do you find that stuff?
Try cable lube from a bicycle shop or go to a motorcycle dealer. OR good old amazon

http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-Teflon-Chain-Saver-Lubricant-CS0110101/dp/B003OBP63S/ref=sr_1_3?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1316009034&sr=1-3

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what i really wanted is a small tube like a friend has. I will ask him about this. Easier and cleaner than a spray, and he's had that little tube for a good 10 years i know of ! (tho i fear he won't remember where he got it)
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Just an FYI,but every month or so,ya might wanna pull the shift lever off [one allen screw holds it on] and apply alittle grease on to the shoulder of that bolt so the shifter will move nice and easy,not to mention preventing premature wear.And while you're there,this is also a good time to squirt alittle lubricant into the little joints on the ends of the shift linkage.I have the floor board set up,but i'm sure the conventional shifter can also use this maintenance.The two things that are most frequently used every single day on any motorcycle,are the clutch lever and the shifter.So ya wanna do your maintenance on em,and do it OFTEN,as those are the first things to wear out.And who knows,ya just might get 100,000 miles of service out of em if ya do this simple maintenance,not to mention the embarrassment of being broken down on the side of the road a million miles from home.lol It's worked for me over the years and continues to work for me on my present machine,my Bird.Follow me??? Dave!!!
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I think i mat replace all my cables soon now that i'm at 17k. I called a cable company and asked if they make anything that is higher quality and longer lasting because a number of owners of the model i own are reporting failure under 20k, and his response was no and that 20k is about as long as they should last ! So i think it';s wise to change them before 20k. I had a throttle cable go on my speedmaster at about 20k and i gotta tell you, without help from a friend i was able to get ahold of I probably would have been stuck there. Like flat tires it's one of those expected failures that isn't a question of if but when, but unlike tire failure it can be eliminated if replaced early. Around $150 for all 3 cables every say 15k isn't too bad. That of course if you do it yourself.
My cable snapped on the bird yesterday, had done just under 17000 kms. It had been running like a piece of crap (stalling etc) & I was on my into the dealer to get it looked at. Had to call them to pick me & the bike up about 1km from the shop. Still waiting on the results.
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