Clutch Cable Renewal
This project was inspired by my Vespa's adorable spite. When I took off friday afternoon (to a scooter meeting nonetheless) my clutch was limp and the handlebar would not spring back. I thought, "maybe the little nipple came off the cable", but the cable nipple was still firmly attached. I then yarded on it with a pair of visegrips and about 4 of the cables came out onto my lap. This cable was broken, indeed. Here is a step by step method for renewing your clutch cable. It took me about 1 hour to complete for the first time. I think if I did it again, it might take 10 minutes.Tools & Parts Needed
Bearing & Chassis Grease
Inner Cable (I used a tandem bicycle rear deraileur cable and had plenty of room)
If you need to purchase a new outer, follow the guide on scooterhelp.com
7mm box wrench or spanner
8mm box wrench or spanner
Philips Head Screwdriver
Rubber Gloves (personal preference. This is a mesy job :))
At Least one Pair of Visegrips (two helps)
You should now be accomplished in the Tao of clutch cables. Some extra notes: I used a 2.5 meter cable (about 8.2 feet) from a bicycle shop in my city. I would reccommend using the real Vespa cables if not only for the guarantee of operation. I was in a pinch, I will let everyone know when the tandem cable breaks, in case they are inferior. The metal used for the the cable was stainless steel. Happy Scootering!
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