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post #1 of 4 Old 04-17-2018, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch cable

I did a search on the forum and didnít see a thread about this.
I have a 2013 DL 650 ABS and want to order a spare clutch cable.
Are the clutch cables from model years 2012-2016 interchangeable?
I saw that there are different part numbers for 2013 and 2014.
Any aftermarket clutch cable recommendations?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-17-2018, 05:12 PM
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Not sure of the specific model number, but I have used Motion Pro cables which seem okay. The first replacement lasted 41k miles and was completely beat. You do need to lubricate Motion Pro cables or they will rust up, bind, and strands will break.

My recommendation for swapping them out on the road:

1. Adjust the lever all the way in to slack. Unmount the ball end from the lever
2. Bend the cable outer metal shell (just past the reinforced bent metal tube) back and forth until you can tear it off.
3. Mate the torn off lever end of the old cable to the clutch actuator end of the new cable with electrical tape. Be sure it's secure.
4. Unmount the clutch-side of the old cable, and pull the old cable out. The new cable slides into position. Some gentle wiggling may be needed.
5. Once the new cable is in position, undo the old cable, attach both ends
6. Set the adjustment and test for full disengagement, don't forget to tighten back up.

You can use the pliers from the toolkit for bending but should bring some electrical tape.

This method saves time and energy because you don't have to remove any bodywork or the tank, and there will be no doubt that the routing is correct.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-17-2018, 05:36 PM
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I learned this one the hard way great advice!!!!
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-22-2018, 08:59 PM
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2013 clutch cable

Originally Posted by davelindsay View Post
I did a search on the forum and didnít see a thread about this.
I have a 2013 DL 650 ABS and want to order a spare clutch cable.
Mine is a 2013 as well. I wanted to take some "spare parts" on our Long Ranger Alaska Tour a couple of years back.
Fortunately we had a breakdown" pickup follow us (for the Harley in the group?) so I was able to bring some STUFF along:

New Tires, chain, sprockets, brake pads, plugs and a clutch cable.
Most everything was available "aftermarket" except for the Clutch cable so, after a LOT of searching, I had to buy OEM at one of the online Bike parts places. Suzuki part number 58200-11J00..
The good news, everything held together so I didn't need the parts but you know what they say: If you BRING IT, you won't need it
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