How To Shorten Motorcycle Cables

Custom motorcycle cables
I put new handlebars on my CB400. Going from stock bars to euro bars and now, obviously, my cables are too long.

While searching around for shorter cables, I kept running into folks who just make their own custom cables.

I haven’t done it yet, but I’ll take a shot at shortening my own cables.

The two best resources I have found have been a YouTube video showing how to install Mikuni carbs on a CB350 and this post.

In the post, the person is using a big soldering iron, I’m going the route the guy in video chooses, which is a torch.

I have a little electronics soldering iron, but it won’t cut it for putting the ends on a motorcycle cable.

Rather than buying a huge soldering iron, I figure a butane torch will do just fine.

The video is about how to install new Mikuni carbs, but the cable shortening stuff is relevant to my task.

I’ll practice with my clutch cable, which if I wreck it, it doesn’t matter because it should probably be replaced regardless.

UPDATE: I’ve actually done a few throttle cables now and this video is a great resource. But once you’ve done it a few times, it’s pretty easy to do. It’s great to have cables the perfect length.

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