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Old 5th June 2011
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1982, replacing parts in the chain case, clutch, etc. The manuals I have are old scan copies so it's hard to see the black and white photos. It shows that there is supposed to be a clip/clamp on 1982 models that appears to be coming off the rocker area instead of the downtubes. I need a photo of this clamp pn#38623-68 (-68T) as mounted on the bike so I know exactly where/how it goes. I also need a pic of how the cable is routed up top from the perch down to the above mentioned clamp so I know how to route it properly. Thanks much
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Here's a pic of my '83 - I'm pretty sure it's the same. As for cable routing, it really depends on the bars you have. Most had the cable crossing over the bar and going straight down behind it through the bracket you're asking about.

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I tried using a bracket similar to that on my 1980 and on my 1978. I found that it restricted the cable too much. IMX it is best to have the cable routed thru the path with the least resistance/interference/whatever.

And keep the cable well lubed!

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Thanks guys. I'll give it a shot and see what works best.
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My '82 doesn't have that type of bracket...



In fact, the cable ran wild and free! I hope you can see in this pic that it is just sitting out there in the breeze. Since the factory cable is very heavy duty, it doesn't flop around at all.



The only thing holding it in place is the left fork tube.
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i let mine hang free.. i tried to tuck it but it restricted it to much.
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i let mine hang free.. i tried to tuck it but it restricted it to much.
Yeah, that's why I said the routing really depends on the bars you have. I put a short cable on mine and routed it beside the headlight and through the stock bracket - it doesn't bind, works fine, looks clean, and is out of the way.

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Yeah, that's why I said the routing really depends on the bars you have. I put a short cable on mine and routed it beside the headlight and through the stock bracket - it doesn't bind, works fine, looks clean, and is out of the way.

I used the same routing on my 82 xls with stock buckhorn bars . Nikki
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Over and behind the handle-bar next to the neck and down through the factory frame guide to the primary. Simple, keeps cable tucked in away from 'stuff'.
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The problem i found on both my bikes with running the clutch cable thru anything is when you turn the bars all the way in one direction or the other. The cable can easily get wrecked. So it is out in the open for mine. No problems there as the cable is stiff enough.
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