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Clutch cable.

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Christopher Shaw, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Christopher Shaw

    Christopher Shaw

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    My clutch cable broke inside tyranny. The little nub on the end is now in my transmission! What to do?????
    Chris
     
  2. Craig

    Craig VIP MEMBER

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    You might be able to fish it out with a good light and a spring pincher thing from auto supply store ... never looked for cable end in gearbox before but did fish out one of the inspection cap screws with above method , good luck !
     
  3. NPeteN

    NPeteN VIP MEMBER

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    Small flexible magnet wand. Like Craig, I too have fished out screws.
     
  4. 1up3down

    1up3down

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    you may want to drain the tranny fluid if the old is so dirty you cannot see the clutch end as it fell in the fluid
     
  5. zotz

    zotz

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    Might only be in outer cover. If so not a big job.
     
  6. Bob Z.

    Bob Z.

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    Well, it's not in where the gear set is spinning. It's probably laying in the bottom of the outer cover.
    But definitely try the magnet idea.
     
  7. ELLIS

    ELLIS

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    When mine broke on my mk3 the nipple was lying in the bottom of the outer cover. The bad news was i was twenty miles from home and trying to start the bike in gear on the starter was not easy. The good news was i managed to ride the bike home with out stopping.
     
  8. Christopher Shaw

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    Thanks. Going to try these suggestions. Just got the bike and only rode it twice. Clutch was very hard to pull!
     
  9. L.A.B.

    L.A.B. Moderator VIP MEMBER

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    Check the operating lever (the part the cable attaches to) hasn't dropped out of position?
     
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  10. Bob Z.

    Bob Z.

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    It's a good time to replace with a modern slick-lined cable.
    Identify what handle bars you have to determine the correct cable length (low European, standard US)
     
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  11. Tornado

    Tornado VIP MEMBER

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    Are the end nipples magnetic? Guess maybe there's some cablage steel remaining within the nipple and even some sticking out where it sheared off.
     
  12. Northton

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    See Aligning the body to the mark photo. https://www.oldbritts.com/gearbox_a.html You might be able to see if it’s lined up through the inspection cover. Venhill makes a nice cable.
     
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  13. Christopher Shaw

    Christopher Shaw

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    Yeah going to try magnetic probe. Should be steel cable still in the nipped. Will check the operating lever and do a clutch adjustment as per workshop manual.
    Thanks for all your help for a new Norton owner!
     
  14. Christopher Shaw

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    Purchased a regular Norton cable. The previous owner had made cables for it. Cable I got is much more robust then them.
     
  15. The Buckeye Rider

    The Buckeye Rider

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    Before replacing the cable review the correct routing of the cable this is also critical. If after the cable is installed it is still hard to pull and you checked the alignment then clean and lube the clutch lever and the end cable insert in the lever, then check the archives for easy clutch pull.
    Ride On
    Dave
     
  16. Guido

    Guido

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    Check the stack height on the clutch. Mine needed a extra .080 steel plate.
    I used to break cables too. Since I got the stack right it has been smooth sailing.
    As far as that nub goes, I don't think it would migrate into the gear box. Removing the outer cover is no big deal.
     
  17. Christopher Shaw

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    Hey thanks.
     
  18. gortnipper

    gortnipper VIP MEMBER

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    You might be lucky and it might still be wedged in the yoke of the operating lever. When mine pulled out one time, that is what happened.
     
  19. Peavey Jeltz

    Peavey Jeltz

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    Jinx on Jeltz. My new Atlas clutch cable pulled out on me today a few miles from home. Good thing it was Sunday and not much traffic, made it home without stalling.

    The transmission end of the cable had a nice "birds nest" but no evidence of solder. Removed outer transmission cover expecting to find the brass "pear end" but there was just a few pieces of debris.

    This was a new cable 140 miles ago and there's enough slack in the adjuster to cut the "birds nest" off the end of the wire and solder on a new fitting.
     
  20. Christopher Shaw

    Christopher Shaw

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    Got it all fixed up. Thank you for all your help.
     
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