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Old 05-23-2014, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default S&S Super E idle cable question

I've got an 86 sporty with a super e carb, I was wondering if I can buy any old idle cable made for my bike or is there a specific cable for s&s carbs?
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:46 AM   #2
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Any cable for your bike should work.
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:09 AM   #3
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yep I have a 73 with a super E and just bought a cable on line,and only running one...
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:43 AM   #4
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How are you only running one? Do you modify the return spring on the carb?
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #5
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you'll need to specify whether your cable has a 90-degree bend at the throttle or ( I think) 135-degree… basically right angle or obtuse are your only choices, then you want to get the correct length. slightly too long is better than slightly too short. run two cables—it's much safer (return springs do break), plus if a cable actually breaks you can always get around with just one cable...
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. I'm running the obtuse style bend cable. I don't like the cluttery look of two cables but safety is important, though I'm running a bare drive chain ha ha.
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:31 PM   #7
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i have only ever run single cables,twin cables were only brought in by the government telling you what to do....if ya a government man then do what ya told........i have NEVER heard of a case were a throttle spring has broken and you are left with a wide open throttle!!....it's what kill switches were invented for.......
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........i have NEVER heard of a case were a throttle spring has broken and you are left with a wide open throttle!!....it's what kill switches were invented for.......
I agree with the kill switches part, but I have definitely had a throttle stick WFO before, and I bet I'm not the only Jockey Journalist to have had that happen. I don't think much of a push/pull cable setup, but I'm just sayin'... cables can and do stick open.
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I agree with the kill switches part, but I have definitely had a throttle stick WFO before, and I bet I'm not the only Jockey Journalist to have had that happen. I don't think much of a push/pull cable setup, but I'm just sayin'... cables can and do stick open.
Yeah, worn & improperly tightened Amals are good for that...

I think I've seen handlebar-mounted kill switches about as often as I've seen push/pull carb cables on choppa-type bikes.
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:23 PM   #10
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Plus if you run 2 you always have a back up just a little McGivering and itll work.
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