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Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
#813270 06/20/20 12:39 pm
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I believe the UK bikes had lower handlebars than the US versions, but wonder if they all used the same length cables? I've been trying to find a shorter brake cable to suit lower bars, but without success.
The only option seems to get a custom length one made at some cost, or get the original cable shortened, but as it is an original lined cable, I'm loth to go down that route.
Cable is with in-line switch, and to suit the 2LS brake.
Has anyone found a shorter cable from stock? Any help appreciated.
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Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
Roger Whittingham #813284 06/20/20 3:38 pm
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I don't know about the ones with the switch, but for the earlier bikes without a switch, there is an aftermarket cable that's not terminated at the wheel end, and attaches to the actuating lever via a clamp, so you can cut the cable to the desired length.


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Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
Mark Z #813322 06/20/20 10:21 pm
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The 1971 - 72 bikes (oil in frame models) with conical hubs don't use the clevis end that the earlier models do. Otherwise that would make life a lot simpler. Venhill's may be able to make a cable up, but cost would be well over £50 pounds. Cheaper to buy a stock length and get someone to shorten it. Would need to be a professional job though.

Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
Roger Whittingham #813336 06/20/20 11:30 pm
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I just shortened my my one when i removed the yankee bars.
Not too difficult, just cut the small section down a couple of inches.
Getting the ferrule on and off of the outer is the hardest part.

Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
Roger Whittingham #813346 06/21/20 12:17 am
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Just thinking aloud----
The same years Triumphs were available with both UK and US bars.
They used the same front brake.
Haven't tried it but maybe a 71/72 UK bars Bonnie brake cable would fit?
Just a thought.

Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
NickL #813381 06/21/20 8:45 am
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Yes, thought of that, I'd just be a bit worried about the quality of my soldering!

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Tridentman #813382 06/21/20 8:47 am
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I think the Triumphs were identical - no doubt used same brake cables. Looking at images on-line, all the brake cables look long!

Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
Roger Whittingham #813470 06/21/20 10:14 pm
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An old tobacco tin on the stove makes a reasonable solder pot.
Use good flux or bakers fluid and 60/40 lead tin solder, away you go.
You can use the piece you cut off to practise on.
I don't trust shop made cables and most of the new ones are those
solid nipple crap things.

Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
NickL #813596 06/22/20 7:19 pm
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Thanks NickL.
I've ordered a standard one and will shorten it.
The existing one is a lined cable. Possibly 1970's vintage??? Anyway, didn't want to bugger it up.
Roger

Re: Shorter brake cable for 1972 A65
Roger Whittingham #813644 06/23/20 6:16 am
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