Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

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Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by HassoBoxhead » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:56 pm

Does anyone know of a step by step thread for replacing the clutch cable and cable arm? I’ve spent the last hour searching thru threads but can’t fin something specific to the step by step needed.

Thanx for the help in advance!
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by stagewex » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:06 pm

I've only done it once but there was no video available that I could find 4-5 years ago unfortunately.

The new cable was a bit longer and since I was replacing mine because it was stretched it seemed like I was screwed. Found out via Terry I think that IMZ had changed cable manufacturer/vendor/supplier from my 2007 to 2015-16 and there were no alternatives.

Fortunately my local dealer had a new Ural on the showroom floor so I just went and took some digital pictures of the way it's cable was navigated around stuff (which was quite different). Weaved around the frame and harness different than my OEM, worked out fine.
Did you already take your's off or did it break? I could take pix for you but someone with a 2014 EFI or newer might be better?
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by Lokiboy » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:07 pm

Don’t believe so. Thread the cable around the bike just like the one you removed. Removing/getting at the splitter is the most difficult part IMHO.

Tip: at the last step, hook the cable to the handle and use the handle as leverage, pivot where the screw goes, and it will slide into place.

It’s very easy to replace.
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by chaos2 » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:35 pm

Lokiboy wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:07 pm

It’s very easy to replace.
yep, mine broke on the road, lucky I was carrying a spare. Took about 15 minutes to replace in a KFC parking lot, just thread the new cable where the old one was.
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by HassoBoxhead » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:06 pm

Thanx all! I managed to replace it by first taking pictures and then matching as I replaced. Problem is that even at max adjustment, the clutch doesn’t release completely. Any thoughts/suggestions?
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by HassoBoxhead » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:30 pm

My issue now is to check the throw out bearing, but I can’t get the clutch cable arm off. There is an Allen screw with a nut on the other end that goes thru the arm, but I can’t get it loose. Any suggestions?
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by MonkeysUncle » Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:10 pm

Had the same problem with mine. Ivan must have had his Wheaties on the day mine was assembled.
I held the long arm of the allen wrench in place and used a box end ratcheting wrench to turn the Nylock nut.
Not much room but a little muscle and it broke free.
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by S 854 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:32 am

HassoBoxhead wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:06 pm
...even at max adjustment, the clutch doesn’t release completely...
Not knowing your level of mechanical abilities I’ll just hit on the basics...

“Max adjustment” is when,

...at the clutch hand lever, most of the threads are showing (threaded adjuster is screwed in to the bracket two or three turns, just enough to keep it in place)...

...at the bracket mounted to the engine case, most of the threads are forward of the bracket... again, just enough to keep it in place...

...at the actuating lever (behind the transmission), most of the threads are aft of the lever...

Is this the way yours is now adjusted?
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by HassoBoxhead » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:51 pm

Yes, definitely at Max adjustment. Will remove the clutch arm and check the throw out bearing next.
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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by gobium » Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:22 pm

Before you pull out the broken/old cable, best is to tape (fishing) new cable to it. This way you will not mistakenly route the new cable wrong.

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Re: Step by Step clutch cable replacement?

Post by HassoBoxhead » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:53 am

After a lot of help from Jon Heindl, removed the clutch arm, slider and throw out bearing. Turns out the throw out bearing was shot, along with some wear on the slider. Will order those from Heindl in the morning. Shout out to Heindl, they spent a fair amount of time helping me get at the cause of this. Great folks!
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