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    Is there an easy way to change the bottom moving deck cable? Is there anything I need to look out for? Am I able to take the plate off and unwind the cable? Always confuses me. Thank you.

  • #2
    as long as you leave the other side plate on you should be ok...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bowlamech View Post
      as long as you leave the other side plate on you should be ok...
      That is if both stud bearings are present on the right geneva lever. Just check before you remove the left plate
      Nick

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      • #4
        Can I take the cable off and the tube while at 0?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Knowledge_is_key View Post
          Can I take the cable off and the tube while at 0?
          Yes, but it won't be easy. I've found the easiest spot with the deck between 270 & zero degrees (about 310 / 320 degrees). This puts the deck where you have clearance under it; and clearance above the deck.

          By the way; if you have to replace one cable, your best bet is to replace all 3 cables. If one cable is bad, the others will follow very soon. Do all three at once and be done.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SoCalTom View Post
            Yes, but it won't be easy. I've found the easiest spot with the deck between 270 & zero degrees (about 310 / 320 degrees). This puts the deck where you have clearance under it; and clearance above the deck.
            That is how I do it too...If you do it at zero you will have trouble handling the cables by the moving deck cam and the pullies on the bastard shaft
            Nick

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            • #7
              If the cable is not broken just removing and replacing the cable x pin washer at 0 is sometimes easiar and do the rest as explained above.
              formerly dunsel
              ITS NOT HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ITS HOW MUCH YOU CARE!!!!!

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              • #8
                At 0 deg. the cable is at full tension. At around 270 deg. it is at its slack tension. I don't ever remember having to remove a geneva plate to remove the lower cable/tube assy. I could be wrong. I also agree with SoCalTom. Do all 3 cables.

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                • #9
                  I've found it easier to remove the X washer from the pin at 0 degrees. And I also find it easier to remove the long flat head screw at 0, the one that holds the front of the cable tube assy. to the bottom pulleys shaft. There sometimes is barely room to get that thing out when the deck is down at 270. Then I run it to around 300 to finish the removal. I do remove the geneva plate on LH side. Makes it easier to get to the pin and get new cable on the pulley.
                  It is wiser to find out than suppose.--Mark Twain

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                  • #10
                    I don't remove the tube assembly anymore. I bend the bottom where the keeper spring sits so the tube is open more(large screwdriver is good) and then pull the old cable through but make sure you crush the cable end BEFORE pulling it through,it may get hung up,same when installing it,crush the new end a but(doesn't take much ya just want the end a bit smaller) and then snake it through the larger opening made by bending the tube open more.Once through to the rear pulley,open up the cable end with a large phillips screwdriver or pliers handle and attach to pulley.
                    When done,just reshape the tube and your done.
                    Much faster-easier to me.Done at 270(spotting pins).

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                    • #11
                      Here is a super easy way of threading the lower deck cable through the cable tube.
                      1. find a length of stiff wire, such as from a wire coat hanger, piano or hobby wire. Cut it into a length slightly (5 inches) longer than the cable tube.
                      2. bend a small hook into one end
                      3. thread the hooked end into the cable tube, from back to front.
                      4. hook the eye end of the deck cable to the wire hook
                      5. PULL the cable through the tube. The job takes about ten seconds to do it.

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                      • #12
                        To add to SoCals post, you only need to remove the allen bolt and loosen the bracket nut and let the tube assembly lay downwards.
                        Peice of cake.
                        rfm

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                        • #13
                          Not all machines have x-washer pins. My old machines had roll pins......what a pain in the butt

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by House View Post
                            Not all machines have x-washer pins. My old machines had roll pins......what a pain in the butt
                            i hope you replaced with x pin L O L

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SoCalTom View Post
                              Yes, but it won't be easy. I've found the easiest spot with the deck between 270 & zero degrees (about 310 / 320 degrees). This puts the deck where you have clearance under it; and clearance above the deck.

                              By the way; if you have to replace one cable, your best bet is to replace all 3 cables. If one cable is bad, the others will follow very soon. Do all three at once and be done.
                              Yes, and for the price of cables (cheap in my opinion) might as well get them all done with the machine already down.

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