I'd like to see about getting the items to build my own throttle and clutch cables.... problem is, I can't seem to find anywhere to buy the cables and ends! Ideas?
I have cut down a cable or two, and it isn't that hard to do. I think Larry also had a post awhile back on doing it. I would cut the outer cable to the length I wanted, then just burn out the plastic inside the ferrule and pull it off. Take your existing end of the inner cable and put the end in a vise. Then using a Vise Grip to grab the cable, pry the old cable out of the end piece using the jaws of the vise and the Vise Grip as a fulcrum. Clean up the old hole with a drill bit. Then use a Dremel cutoff wheel to cut the cable the length you want it. Done carefully, it won't fray much. Maybe holding the good end in a Vise Grip and cutting close will help. Then insert the cable into the end piece, you did allow for a little overage when you cut the inner cable, didn't you? Then fan the end of the poked thru cable and clean up with soldering flux. A lot of these cables have oil/grease embedded in them that doesn't take solder. I use silver solder for these, but regular solder should work fine too. When you get a good bond, remove the excess from the end piece and you're done. Try not to overheat the inner cable, it tends to burn if gotten too hot. Remember to slide the inner cable in before soldering. Ask me how I know that?
You can repair clutch and throttle cables by using a inner cable from the hardware store and cut and solder to the correct length.