Longer Cables

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by countachl, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. countachl

    countachl Guest

    Is there a shop in the Bay area (preferably south bay) that
    makes long cables (brake etc) for bikes ?
    I wanna put higher bars on my Intruder and will probably need
    longer cables. The dealer said they'd put them on but don't make them.

    donc
     
    countachl, Nov 19, 2003
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  2. I'm sorry, but I don't know.
    It seems we can chalk this up to modern notions of legal liability.

    I was in the local Honda shop recently and another customer was asking
    pretty much the same question. The counter guy, who I know well and
    trust, said that a local motorcycle dismantler used to do this kind of
    thing but was advised to quit because of the liability he had to
    assume in doing it.

    I sometimes say that we graduate too many lawyers and not enough
    engineers, and I mean it sincerely.
     
    Michael R. Kesti, Nov 19, 2003
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  3. Well, they are in SF proper and not south bay, but Scuderia West makes
    custom brake lines (and installs them). At least, they did when I needed
    stainless brake lines for my RZ500, and no one else made them...

    Don in Phoenix
     
    Don in Phoenix, AZ, Nov 19, 2003
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  4. As I remember it from many years ago, the drill went something like this:

    Smooth down the housing ends with a grinder and clean up any burrs.

    Insert the cable into the housing then slip on the cable ends and nipples.

    Splay the cable so it fills the holes in the cable ends, then solder
    the splayed cable.

    Your best starting point might be shops that specialize in customs.
     
    r_kleinschmidt, Nov 19, 2003
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  5. countachl

    roger szal Guest

    Check with shops that supply parts for ultralight aircraft. 4-5 years
    ago I was browsing thru a catalogue for a San Leandro ultralight
    supplier, name unfortunately forgotten-they sold what you need to make
    your own cables.

    As often as not, Roger Szal
     
    roger szal, Nov 20, 2003
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  6. he said brakes. on pretty much any bike this side of a early Honda
    CB350, that would mean hydraulics. yeah, I'm sure he wants a clutch
    'cable' too, 50-50 if thats hydraulic or cable.

    I also believe he said "Intruder", which I think is a jap cruiser? higher
    bars on a cruiser can quickly get you into 'ape hanger' land (bars above
    your shoulders). these are illegal in california.
     
    John R Pierce, Nov 20, 2003
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  7. countachl

    roger szal Guest

    If it's hydralic cables you need, Galfer will make them to any length
    you specify. A few years ago I switched handle bars on my Maxim 650,
    going from cruiser style to a lower, shorter bar-they made the shorter
    front brake lines I needed-in braided steel.

    as often as not, Roger Szal
     
    roger szal, Nov 21, 2003
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  8. countachl

    roger szal Guest

    If it's hydralic cables you need, Galfer will make them to any length
    you specify. A few years ago I switched handle bars on my Maxim 650,
    going from cruiser style to a lower, shorter bar-they made the shorter
    front brake lines I needed-in braided steel.

    as often as not, Roger Szal
     
    roger szal, Nov 21, 2003
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  9. countachl

    countachl Guest

    Sounds about right.

    So who, what or where is Galfer?

    donc
     
    countachl, Nov 23, 2003
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  10. countachl

    countachl Guest

    Not to worry. There is plenty of room between stock bars and what is illegal.

    donc
     
    countachl, Nov 23, 2003
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  11. Motorcycle brake manuf. Do a google search, should locate them easily.
     
    Charles Stembridge, Nov 24, 2003
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