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#507619 - 09/23/13 8:05 pm 59 Super Rocket Rear Brake Cable Length???  
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What is the correct length rear brake cable for a 59 Super Rocket? I've purchased two different cables (part # 42-7032 & 42-7042) and they both have been too long. I was hoping to have one of the cables modified to work for my SR but need the correct length. Any help you guys could provide would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Travis

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#507637 - 09/23/13 9:57 pm Re: 59 Super Rocket Rear Brake Cable Length??? [Re: TonUpTrav]  
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Hey Travis,
D'you have the clevis brake end, or the ball end, or the threaded end?

Of the three A10's I'm building, one has a brake rod, so we aren't talking about that one, 'cause you did say cable, right?

I have the other two being the clevis brake end, with the ball at the pedal end.

Both outer housings are @ 14" long, and the cable, including the ball and clevis, is @ 22" long.
NOT including the adjuster thumbscrew in either measurement.

Yeah, the cable looks like it's too long, kinda droops on the way to the brake arm?
Even my Super Rocket had the droopy cable...

I'd guess they didn't want any chance of the cable being too short, and perhaps causing the brake to apply on a hard bump-in-the-road???

I believe the double ball ended cable was used on the Ariel brake equipped '56 & '57's???
I think that's what was on the only '56 I ever had, WAY back when???
I've got a spare Ariel BSA wheel, but no brake backing plate... Doubt I'll ever use the poor ol' thing... Trading materiel??? The bolt pattern for the rear sprocket is different enough from the BSA sprocket, that they are NOT interchangeable.
Brett

#507643 - 09/23/13 10:11 pm Re: 59 Super Rocket Rear Brake Cable Length??? [Re: Rickman]  
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Brett,

I have the cable with the clevis at the brake end and the ball at the opposite end.
The cables I've bought are 22" also. However, when I install it the brake pedal has to be pushed down below the foot peg. I have too much cable and not enough adjustment. The old cable is measuring approximately 19 1/2". I don't know if this is the correct length or if my rear wheel is out of adjustment. I'm kind of at a loss on the correct direction to proceed in.

Travis

#507649 - 09/23/13 10:41 pm Re: 59 Super Rocket Rear Brake Cable Length??? [Re: TonUpTrav]  
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Evening Travis,
I'll suggest that you rotate the ball end lever of the brake pedal system, one tooth forward around the cross shaft? [ Best do this with the cable disconnected ] ... You may need an assistant to help hold the pedal up in place... And stop it from trying to get out the other side, while you are trying to push the lever back on...

Have you checked that the brake shoes do have enough material to be useful? Not totally worn out?
Brett


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