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best lubricant for cables?

My speedometer cable broke and I'm putting the new one on tonight. What lubricant do you guys use for cables? I've been told to use one that has graphite in it, but the local auto parts store didn't have anything. The local motorcycle store has some but at $17.50 for a spray can, I'm hoping that you guys or gals know of something cheaper. Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: best lubricant for cables?

Real parts stores should have graphite powder or dri-slide ? sp... it's graphite in a thinner (liquid)
, also lock-ease should be graphite I'd bet.
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Re: best lubricant for cables?

I second the dry graphite powder.
I've used it in my speedy cables for years.
Even in my mountain bike cables.
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Re: best lubricant for cables?

I have some dry graphite powder at home. How do I get it into the cable? Can I take the cable out of the sheath to apply it?

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Re: best lubricant for cables?

Dry graphite, just take one end off the speedo and shoot some in the end, it'll work its way down the cable ok.

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Re: best lubricant for cables?

With my mountain bike cables, I take the cable out of the jacket and coat the whole thing with the dry stuff.
On speedo cables, the ends are usually crimped with the ends on em' so you have to stuff as much as you
can at one end and shake it down into the jacket. Do that a couple of times and then stuff it once more
then take a (low pressure) air source and blow it in there. I don't recommend blowing it in with your mouth
because of the possibility of getting that nice fine powder in your eyes, nose or mouth. Don't know for sure
if dry graphite is "bad for you" or not, just don't want to take a chance. On the other hand, I might be able
to blink faster [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img].
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Re: best lubricant for cables?

Thank you all for the replies and suggestions. I ended up being able to slide the cable out of the sheath and dip it into the dry graphite. The result? Now the speedo doesn't bounce nearly as much as it used to. It used to bounce 10-15 mph making it almost impossible to read. Now it may bounce 1-2 mph, much easier to read. For anyone else who has a bouncing speedo needle, the dry graphite is the way to go. Thanks again.

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Re: best lubricant for cables?

Sometimes a bouncing cable is just a tad too long also, we used to grind a little off the end, on some cars


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Re: best lubricant for cables?

For other cables, motorcycle places sell a "cable lubricator" with lubricant for about $15, and it works well. It clamps onto the cable sheath and pressurizes the fluid into the cable and out the other end. Just FYI.

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Re: best lubricant for cables?

Would the dry, graphite lubricant be the same fix for emergency brake cables on our CJs too or should you use something else?


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