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Old 2nd January 2010, 06:07 PM
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Default Can you shorten handbrake cables?

I just got some new handbrake cables for my (BMW) rear axle assembly and they are about twice as long as they need to be, obviously.

They are only sleeved halfway, as on the donor, the other half was inside the cabin. I can cut some length out of them here but how can I re-join them, as there is a threaded end that goes though the handbrake lever and is the adjustment point, which must be retained.

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Old 2nd January 2010, 06:26 PM
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"wire rope" cable clamps available at most large hardware suppliers or of ebay.

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You could use brass or ali tubing and crush it. Pass both ends through the tube from each side,then turn them back on them selfs alone the outside of the tube and the pass back through the tube the as the first insertion. Crush with a vice total cost probaby nothing.
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i used these bad boys

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Yep.. "wire rope" cable clamps

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I know them as "bulldog grips"
hey ho here we go....
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I know them as "bulldog grips"
Me too David

Even got a lin-bin in the workshop with a few in & that's what the Dyno-tape lable says

Must be our marine background mate
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Me too David

Must be our marine background mate

Probably....
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Another option is to go to afishing tackle store and buy a wire trace crimp set the same thickness as your original cable .
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