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    1994 R1100RS Clutch Cable

    Coming into work this morning the clutch cable just felt odd. I get a cup of coffee then go outside to check it...pull the lever twice and the cable breaks. Talk about lucky, at least it happened in the parking lot.

    Now the fun. I searched every site that I could think of and did some blind google searches and can't find anybody that has this cable for sale. A & S had one but the picture looks completly different. Anyone know of a hook-up? This is my daily rider; I need to get it back on the street!
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    2001 Ducati Monster; 1996 R1100GS; 1985 RZ350; 1977 RD400

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    Its a standard BMW part number. I know because I replaced mine on my 94RS last fall. It too failed much like yours.

    Also, replace the plastic bushing in the clutch lever pivot. The bushing wears and wastes lever travel during operation, but also saves wear on the clutch lever itself. Replace any/all sleeves/bushings for that matter.

    Then, make certain to lube everything, the bushings/sleeves, pivot boolts, lever pviot point, cable end barrel, etc. That cable end barrel is especially important, because it allows the cable end to remain straight to the cable during clutch lever operation. It relieves any stress on the cable strands right at the crimped on end. Not doing this properpy WILL drastically reduce the cable service life.

    This I KNOW from first hand experience. The original cable to the bike, is still zip tied alongside its replacement as a backup. I changed out the original cable at 120,000 miles, but did not properly install the replacement, and it failed right at the clutch lever at 45,000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDYVH View Post
    Then, make certain to lube everything...
    Andy means the machinery at both ends, but not the cable itself. BMW cables are lined with Teflon; if lube is added, the Teflon swells and binds, and is eventually cut by the cable. The clamp-on cable luber isn't used on BMWs.
    Last edited by dbrick; 02-25-2013 at 10:32 PM.
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    Get on the phone to whatever BMW motorcycle dealerships you choose.

    It is part number 32 73 2 324 962 with an MSRP of about $45.
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    I finally found one at Beemer Boneyard. Should get it in two days.

    I find it ironic that I raced this weekend without a hickup and then break down coming into work on Monday morning!
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    2001 Ducati Monster; 1996 R1100GS; 1985 RZ350; 1977 RD400

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