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How would I determine what length cable to buy? I bought my bike with ape hangers installed. I don't like them. I've got new bars, but I need shorter cables. The cables I've seen for sale are listed as stock length, stock length +4, etc. I don't know what stock length is supposed to be. What is stock length for the throttle cables? And the length of the clutch cable? Is there a way to decipher it from the part numbers?
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I needed custom length clutch and speedometer cables for my short chop.

My local Indy suggested I take a length of Romex (house wiring) and "install" it exactly where the cables will run. The Romex is flexible and bendable enough so you can put it where the cables will be, and it will more or less hold whatever shape you bend it to. Once the Romex is in place, mark the length of what you need, then take it off, straighten it out, and get an accurate measurement.

I used Barnett for my cables, all you have to do is get your measurements, call Barnett and give them all the info you can about the bike and exactly what you need. I'm very happy with the cables they made for me.
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I believe the stock throttle on mine is 40". I have the sheet that came with my NOS extended cables. It lists all the cables and the stock lengths as well as extended for apes.
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I needed custom length clutch and speedometer cables for my short chop.

My local Indy suggested I take a length of Romex (house wiring) and "install" it exactly where the cables will run. The Romex is flexible and bendable enough so you can put it where the cables will be, and it will more or less hold whatever shape you bend it to. Once the Romex is in place, mark the length of what you need, then take it off, straighten it out, and get an accurate measurement.

I used Barnett for my cables, all you have to do is get your measurements, call Barnett and give them all the info you can about the bike and exactly what you need. I'm very happy with the cables they made for me.
Using the Romex is a great idea. I believe I have some left over from a few years back.
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