Frayed cables

Wim Cuypers /

Does anybody know how to prevent brake cables from fraying ?

The attached picture is an old cable I recently replaced. But like most cables, the new ones were to long. As I don


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Leave a little length to play with,solder it and cut it below the solder.Use good sharp cutters.

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XBrandon EdgeX /

I think it was posted in this forum before that if you tightly wrap electrical tape around the part of the cable you want to cut, then cut it and remove the tape, that's supposed to work really well. Every time I try to reinstall a throttle cable, I fray it EVERY time, and it's always got just enough length to go into the housing, so I can't cut it. I end up re-rolling the frayed end as tight as I can with my fingers, then I turn the piece that the throttle cable goes in as I push the cable in. I turn it in the direction that the cable fibers are twisted in (I hope this is making the least bit of sense). That way, the piece that the cable goes into ends up tightening (shrinking in a way) the cable as I push it in. I wish I knew how to explain this better. If I had a digital camera, I'd do a photo documetary :)

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Ron Brown /


No problem, I was watching your hands. : )


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Reeperette /

Somethin like that.

I don't use a solder bead though....I heat the cable itself up nicely and use a really thin non-rosin solder...and let it permeate the cable itself for about 1-1/2" inches, about 3/4" on either side of where imma cut it.

Then I wrap it with heavy electrical tape and snap-cut it real quick with some VERY sharp cutters....I don't have frayin problems when I do that, but cause it's more work than I usually got time for, heh...I usually just deal with it, being that the cables don't cost much anyhow.


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