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VTDave
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Looking for the length of the clutch cable housing and of the cable itself.  The one I ordered appears to have the correct length housing, but the cable does not appear long enough, even at max adjustment at the control lever. Not sure how the cable is measured--I suspect that's important in figuring this out.  I'm thinking just the length of just the visible part of the cable--right up to the face of the connector at each end.  If it's normally measured from a different point, such as to the center of the connectors, that would be helpful to know. Thanks!

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It's a common issue with replacement cables. Have a look through some of ** Please log in to view **. I think the important figure IIRC is 4" free cable when pulled through completely.

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Hi,

If you have standard bars for the model you own, the correct cable should have been shipped to you. However if they've been swapped out at some point, then that cable length is going to be pretty unique to you.

You could contact a Control Cable manufacturer like Venhill Engineering in Dorking and they can take your cable, reuse the outer cable, and fabricate a longer inner to your specs for you.

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Paul

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Thanks guys!

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Hi Dave.
    As said previously, if you bars and levers are standard then a standard cable should be OK. You mention an adjuster on the control lever. Normally a Bantam did not have an adjuster on the lever end. I suspect that your bike is fitted with an aftermarket lever.
I am not sure how a cable is normally measured but if you are having a cable made then the best idea would be to supply a diagram of where you are taking the measurements from.
I think that you have a D7 Bantam. I have added a picture of a standard lever, note no adjuster. It is actually from my D14 but the D7 should be the same.

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This is what I have. There was originally an adjuster that came with the bike, but it looks like it's not necessary. 

Dave

 

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Hi Dave.
       Sorry, I was forgetting that there were early and later type handlebars fitted to the D7. Yours are the early welded lug type bars.
I have looked on the parts list and the part number for the early type cable that you need is 90-8572.
On the Draganfly website they list this cable as having an outer length of 42" and an inner length of 46.5".
The later type cable part number 90-8603 is shorter with a 39" outer and 43.25" inner.
See link to Draganfly below, for some reason the handlebars are listed with petrol tanks, I suppose to differentiate between model types.
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       Mike.

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Perfect!  Thanks, Mike.

Dave

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GOLDEN RULE #1 If you buy a clutch or front brake cable and it fits nicely then immediately buy another as a spare / pattern.

GR #2 Always bag, tag and retain old cables ....these can also be used as patterns and for reference.

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Wotcha.

I use Royal Enfield levers on my Bantam.  They are cheap at around £17 a pair - they have a front brake light switch incorporated - they have adjusters.

I make my own cables to the following dimensions.   Outer cable 40" long - inner cable 44" long.   If you fit higher handlebars, as I have done, then adjust the size accordingly.  I'm currently using a 44" outer with a 48" inner.

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