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I'm working on an early ('62) CA77 Dream. The throttle cable was in bad shape so I bought a replacement off eBay. Looks identical to original but its too long. Does anybody have any advice on what to do? Should I look for another that is the correct length or snip off the throttle side end, cut the cable length and re-solder? My concern is the re-solder side not lasting through use.
It depends on the cable, some are stainless with a shrunk on nipple. You can cut the cable inner and outer and use a brass solder on nipple using stainless solder and flux. If it is a normal soldered nipple you can heat it up,slide nipple down the cable and cut the flared part off the inner then cut the cables to length. When you fit the nipple to the cable, you slide it into position, solder it onto the cable leaving about 3mm protruding. Then, flare the end of the protrusion by hitting the end with a small hammer, reheat the nipple and cable and pull the nipple to the end of the inner cable andresolder. The flared end will stop the cable ever pulling through the nipple. It sounds complicated but really is not.
I bought all new cables for my CA77 from Thailand, the quality was fine but I did have to reduce the length of the nipple with a gentle bit of filing as it was too long to fit into the clutch lever. It might have been the lever as that is not a genuine Honda item either but it only took a couple of minutes to get the nipple to rotate smoothly.