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  • bkahler
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    Speedometer cable - not quite right

    I finished routing the speedometer cable yesterday and while attempting to connect it to the right angle adapter it became apparently rather quickly that the inner cable is to long. Overall it's about 3/8" to long. I figure I have two options, contact the vendor for a replacement and hope that it comes in the correct length or pull the inner cable and shorten it with a cutoff wheel in a high speed grinder. Currently I'm leaning towards shortening the cable. It appears the square shape extends far enough into the cable housing that shortening it is doable.

    Anyone else shorten a cable before?

    Thanks,

    Brad
    Excessive length Doesn't fit

  • bkahler
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    Trimmed the speedometer cable last weekend using a dremel with a diamond cutting disc. I wrapped the cable with blue masking tape, marked the spot and clamped the end to be cut off in the vice. Didn't take long at all to make the cut. A little bit of dressing of the cable end using a sanding disc in the dremel and it cleaned up nicely.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Brad

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  • ukcats1
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    Brad...be sure to post how it turns out by trimming it....we want to know too!!….thx Brad!
    jim

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  • dicta
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    Originally posted by bkahler View Post
    I finished routing the speedometer cable yesterday and while attempting to connect it to the right angle adapter it became apparently rather quickly that the inner cable is to long. Overall it's about 3/8" to long. I figure I have two options, contact the vendor for a replacement and hope that it comes in the correct length or pull the inner cable and shorten it with a cutoff wheel in a high speed grinder. Currently I'm leaning towards shortening the cable. It appears the square shape extends far enough into the cable housing that shortening it is doable.

    Anyone else shorten a cable before?

    Thanks,

    Brad
    Before shortening the cable by grinding it, it helps to keep the twisted wires together by using a few rounds of masking tape right at the cutoff point.

    Dick

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  • bkahler
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    Yep, that washer is on the other end of the right angle adapter where it connects to the transmission. Thinking about it, I've known about that washer for a long time and for whatever reason I can't remember if I used it when I screwed the right angle adapter onto the transmission. I guess I better check! Thanks for the reminder.

    Brad

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  • 289tiger
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    Originally posted by bkahler View Post
    I finished routing the speedometer cable yesterday and while attempting to connect it to the right angle adapter it became apparently rather quickly that the inner cable is to long. Overall it's about 3/8" to long. I figure I have two options, contact the vendor for a replacement and hope that it comes in the correct length or pull the inner cable and shorten it with a cutoff wheel in a high speed grinder. Currently I'm leaning towards shortening the cable. It appears the square shape extends far enough into the cable housing that shortening it is doable.

    Anyone else shorten a cable before?

    Thanks,

    Brad
    https://mossmotors.com/media/instructions/021-511.pdf

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  • oppositelocksmith
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    Agreed, I was thinking of putting the washers on the opposite side that Ed did.

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  • bkahler
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    I did see Ed post but I don't think it will work in my situation. His problem was the nut was to deep so it bottomed out before the cable housing was snugged up against the drive. On mine the inner cable is so long that all the washers would do is provide fewer threads available for threading onto the right angle drive. I guess being to long is better than being too short!

    Brad

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  • oppositelocksmith
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    Before you cut it, check out Ed's washer fix. Those cables are welded together on the end.

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  • bkahler
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    Thanks, guess I have something to do this evening

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  • Charlie(74)
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    I have with a tach. cable with no issues. Dremel tool with a cut-off wheel did the trick for me.

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