Lotus Elan

Throttle Cable

PostPost by: ElliottN » Sun Apr 17, 2005 11:57 am

My throttle cable is starting to shed wire at the sleeve opening at the carb end (s4 - weber carbs) - time for a new one. Any reasons why I shouldn't buy a (quality) cable from the local bicycle shop - then cut to size & fit?
Elliott - 70 S4 dhc
User avatar
Second Gear
Second Gear
Posts: 189
Joined: 19 Apr 2004
Location: Sydney, Australia

PostPost by: Foxie » Sun Apr 17, 2005 2:19 pm


Sean Murray
68 Elan +2, 70 Elan +2s
User avatar
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
Posts: 1018
Joined: 20 Sep 2003
Location: Wexford, Ireland

PostPost by: archigator » Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:12 pm

I've also used cable from a tandem bicycle (bicycle built for two), the longest I could find, as cable for my Sprint power windows. It has been installed now for 3 or 4 years, and works fine.

'71 Elan Sprint
User avatar
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
Posts: 550
Joined: 15 Sep 2003
Location: Miami (down where the old gators play), Florida

PostPost by: Rob_LaMoreaux » Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:47 am

At LOG in southern Wisconsin a few years ago my thottle cable broke as I was leaving the hotel for a drive. I coasted in to a parking lot only to find it was a bike store and it was open on a Sunday afternoon. $2.50 later (then another $2.50 for a spare) I had a new thottle cable that is still in the car.

I did have to trim down the end piece so that it would fit in the thottle pedal lever, but otherwise it is perfect.

Take the old cable in to the bike store and they will find you something that will work great. I did have another bike shop sell me a cable that was thinner, but then I didn't have the original and that was the one spare I forgot at home when I headed out for LOG.

Third Gear
Third Gear
Posts: 375
Joined: 22 Sep 2003

PostPost by: lotus026 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 7:59 pm

Yes, bike cables are fine; mine was doing the same thing when I got my car 15 years ago, and since I'd been a bicycle mechanic I had lots of cable stuff around - so I didn't spend anything on mine, and it's no longer a captive end cable; I can remove it from the housing to clean & lube it! No way did I want to pay the $25 for a new one that I couldn't even take apart to service.....
First Gear
First Gear
Posts: 31
Joined: 01 Apr 2004

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests