Steering cable modification

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#1
Before the mocking. In NZ I don't have the available parts accessible and ordering from the US takes time.
Summer here has a few weeks left of hot riding weather remaining so a month of freight time has to be scheduled for winter rebuild season. (When I am drooling over all you folks lapping up the sunshine)

This old ski has been pretty beat up over the years so it will enjoy a bit of a birthday after the riding season a has finished.

Anyway, I received a cable from a very generous member, which I appreciated very much, but it was not exactly right so had to figure a way to get it to work. I had 48 hours to get it done as my wife had invited some friends to visit for the weekend.

3 Criteria.
1 - Had to work. e.g. watertight, steer correctly & be reliable
2 - Has to be safe for anyone using it
3 - Has to be fully reversible so when I buy a new cable I can undo all changes and fit the correct cable.
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Turns out the thread into the hull of an FX1 is the same as standard 19mm plumbers nipplebar. Which I had.
Threaded it into the hull. Added a thick rubber washer and a plastic nut to seal the hull.
Drilled the cap. Made a clamp washer to hold the cable in place inside the nipple bar and added plenty of silicone.

The handlebar end was also broken so had to add a bracket to hold the top.
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Result: Awesome. $20 worth of parts. Worked really well and no leaks.
Have two FX1's now and they were both out. No difference between them.
 
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#2
why didn't you just attach the cable in the hull like its supposed to be and extend the end to attach to the nozzle?
at the top, with the cable clamped towards the center as opposed to all the way to the right, you lose throw.
I rarely ever use the correct cable , I just extend the ends and put the cable clamp where its necessary at the top.
 
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#3
Hi. Yes I thought of extending the end that but didnt have the parts and it wasnt shopping day so didnt get to the town. It was a very quick, rough and ready fix with parts on hand.
Are you saying to move the top to closer to the centre ? I didnt know where it should be and just bolted it up 30 minutes before leaving.

If you use a cable thats to long, do you just take up the extra in the hull?

The hull hole is also stripped out behind the pump so the correct plastic end wont stay put. Plenty of work to do with this when the weather cools but for now its another stunning day so off to the lake again :)
 
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#4
move it farther to the outside right. it looks like that pole head has been all welded up. the stock cable mount is a slot in the casting and a stainless retainer clip keeps it in place. looks like that was all welded closed
 
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