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Old 01-01-2015, 04:36 AM   #1
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Source for custom tach cable parts

I have an oddball tach cable that I need to replace. I'd really like to just replace the inner cable and leave the sheath in place since the routing means the sheath wouldn't be very pleasant to get in and out. This is 0.130" diameter cable with a .153" diameter tang at the engine end. The tach end is the typical square end - in this case it was ground square rather than a crimp on fitting. I've found places that make custom cables and that's my backup plan, but ideally I'd buy the components to make the inner cable myself so that I could crimp on the tang, slide it into the sheath, measure how long it needs to be, then take it back out and grind the tach end square.

I'm coming up blank on places that sell cable making components. It looks like auto parts stores carry the cable and square crimp on ends but I can't find the tang end. Does anyone know of a source?

EDIT: I ended up ordering an inner cable with the correct tang on it but 10" longer than I think I need. I'll just cut it off to the length I need and grind the end square. I'd still be interested in hearing about source for components just for future knowledge.
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:07 PM   #2
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Try Flanders cables. They carry cable and cable making supplies. emti
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:57 PM   #3
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Find a place that repairs speedometers and tachs on commercial trucks, they should have the ability to make any cable you need. Might have to ask at a truck repair shop to locate one, or check the Yellow Pages (does anyone still use those?).

Speedo repair shops could be harder to find now, since everything's gone electronic they're becoming kind of rare. At least they were when I retired 7 years ago.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:19 AM   #4
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These guys may have something.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:05 AM   #5
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Napa used to carry universal inners (innards?).
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:36 PM   #6
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I had Motion Pro build some custom cables for my bobber project back in '02-'03. Price wasn't too bad and they were very well made.
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