How to Replace a Clutch & Clutch Cables - Honda Shadow

on July 18, 2019

Trying to replace your Honda Shadow’s stock clutch or clutch cable on your own? The process is simpler than you’d think.



As always, you can find a step-by-step “how to” in your Honda Shadow’s service manual. But here are a few tips to keep in mind as you approach your Honda Shadow cable replacement. If you do need to replace your Honda Shadow’s clutch cable or want to put a new cable in, it’s pretty easy. You’ll need a couple nuts; adjust at the motor, then adjust at lever.


The nickel trick

Here’s a cool trick for adjusting the slack on your clutch cable: take a nickel and when you pull your clutch lever in, stick the nickel in there, then adjust the clutch until the nickel is just barely held in (to the point where if you loosened it just a little the nickel would fall out). This is a simple way to measure the play or slack on your clutch cable.


Lube, then lube some more

Always, always, always LUBE YOUR CABLES! Don't be afraid to OVER-LUBE! Get a bottle of lube and an adequate cable luber and lube the thing until it’s pouring lube out the other end. If you don’t lubricate your Honda Shadow’s cables, you’ll have steel cable rubbing on the inside of a steel sleeve. That’s not good! If you just sit there and rub two pieces of steel together for long enough, you’ll eventually wear it out.


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