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Bermoco
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

All are great ideas and posts. Here is another: West Marine supply sells stuff to make cables and also lets you crimp your own. I went to West Marine boating supply and took a VW clutch cable , cut it 14 1/2 inches shorter at the end that hooks on to the pedal assembly and used the thimbles for cables they supply and swaged the cable around the thimble with the crimp they sell. Seems to work OK for over a year now. I used the West Marine route because I found the common cable shortening devices had too much flex and had too much play which did not release clutch fully. I like how it looks stock.
I carry a spare stock cable and will use Dales technique if mine breaks.
The pictures you see of buggies without Bowden tube probably have solid trans/motor mounts.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

Bermoco wrote:
All are great ideas and posts. Here is another: West Marine supply sells stuff to make cables and also lets you crimp your own. I went to West Marine boating supply and took a VW clutch cable , cut it 14 1/2 inches shorter at the end that hooks on to the pedal assembly and used the thimbles for cables they supply and swaged the cable around the thimble with the crimp they sell. Seems to work OK for over a year now. I used the West Marine route because I found the common cable shortening devices had too much flex and had too much play which did not release clutch fully. I like how it looks stock.
I carry a spare stock cable and will use Dales technique if mine breaks.
The pictures you see of buggies without Bowden tube probably have solid trans/motor mounts.
Bart


Post photos so we can see what you are talking about
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

Hey guys, here are the parts at HF I saw today.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:58 am    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

MrGoodtunes wrote:
tgodber wrote:
...I used the shortener that bends the cable over and a nut tightens up against it. That broke in 3 months...


Me too. Mine broke while in the parking lot of Lowe's home improvement store. So I had a store full of things like threaded rod, long nuts, and good strong but also flexible garage door opener cable. Did the fix right there in the parking lot. That was 1999 and this rig is still holding today.

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Well, that rig finally broke. And again, it happen'd in a parking lot where I fix'd it with an upgraded rig. Not as elegant as what @saw2 came up with (earlier in this thread), but probably will last. Used an eye bolt this time, along with the smooth end loop guide that came with the little cable clamps, completely doing away with all parts of the old cable shortening kit:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

Very cool idea. ..I'm surprised that the VW industry hasn't thought of this yet...very clean finished look. ..when they do...expect to pay like $20 for it Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Thanks for the tip.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

Looks like somebody raided the bins on my company truck. Here is another tip, never saddle a dead horse, er cable. The saddle should ride on the working side of the cable and the u bolt should be on the other side. The u bolt will crush, deform, and slightly unravel the cable when tightened. You don't want that to happen on the working side of the cable.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

I am at 50,000 + miles on this set up. Same cable, same clamps, same wing nut. 2 different transaxle configurations. I do silver solder the ends of the cable so they do not frey and the silver gives the clamps something to "bite" into and not slip. This same set up will get driven across the US again and race the April NORRA 1000 this year.

I still carry a spare cable everywhere I go.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Shortened Clutch Cable Reply with quote

I just sent a factory clutch cable to California Push Pull, they shortened it proper with a new hook end. The end is a tiny bit different and required that i sand about 1/8" off the end (which has plenty of meat on it), took about 10 seconds with a disc sander.
They also made me a spare from scratch (cost a fraction more), but it's cheaper to just have them shorten a new cable.
Other than the tiny trim job i did to the end, it is absolutely a new cable in every way, exactly the right length, strong as the original and they charged me a whopping $20.00 plus shipping.
I can't imagine screwing around with clamps and loops or searching for ends when $20 will get you a perfect new custom cable, while you work on something else.

Now that i have seen what a nice job they do, my emergency brake cables are going to them as well.

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