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So I got another tach cable, the first one was junk, the part of the cable that went into the tach drive on engine was to small and kind of rounded and did not engage the drive coming off the engine, just spun in the drive. now the new cable where it goes into the drive on engine is to long by about 1//4 - 3/8 inch, can not get the nut started on adapter. can I cut the square drive off the extra length of the cable to make it work?

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If you remove the inner cable, can you thread the outer onto the end of the cable then?

Or is it possible that part of an old cable end has broken off into the spindle and blocking it?

Did you get the cable from Vintage cables?

Last thing, if you try and shorten the cable end they Often unravel.


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I've tried to re-solder (or re-tin whatever the right term is) a frayed cable in the past. Although I probably didn't know what I was doing, it didn't work out very well (i.e. at all).

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As Allan said: >>>"Or is it possible that part of an old cable end has broken off into the spindle and blocking it?"<<<

Measure the depth of the engine tach drive hole with a nail or ice pick or whatever. Compare that depth to another machine. Someone on here likely can give you the measurement.


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all brand new parts, engine came without tach drive assy from builder. I will have to measure depth anyway, but it is a brand new adapter. did not get cable from vintage cables, I ordered it from a good parts supplier in the states advertising on this board. everything I do on this bike seems 1 step forward, 2 steps back.

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Try removing the inner cable and see how well/far the cable Pushes into the drive piece. Mark it off then measure the length inserted.


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Nothing against any vendors on here but the only place I order instrument cables is Vintage Cables in Canada.


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Venhill is in Nashville.

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Originally Posted by Beach
Nothing against any vendors on here but the only place I order instrument cables is Vintage Cables in Canada.
Agreed,

I find it’s cheaper in the long run to buy the best the first time around.

Also if your after a 100% correct restoration then these cables are exactly as they were done by Smiths


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