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Unread 08-29-2011, 12:00 PM   #1
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cj7 speedometer cable

Having a dickens of a time getting speedometer cable to work on my 86 cj7.
I'm on cable number three. I take it you have to cut the cable to get it to fit.
Or am I looking at it wrong? Purchased cables through 4WD.com

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Unread 08-29-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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Shouldn't have to cut anything. Both ends should have a fastener to screw onto it's termination point, ie: drive train and speedo. I have a new one setting at home that I'll have to look at.
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Unread 08-29-2011, 02:41 PM   #3
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I recently installed a new cable, bought from Jeep4x4center and it had to be trimmed a little on both ends. If I remember it was alot from the transfer case end, 1/2" maybe and less on the speedometer side, maybe 1/4". just trim a little at a time.
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Oh, so your just talking about nipping a little bit off the squared end to be able to screw the nut on, I see. Did you compare it against the old one or was it too damaged or broke?
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I just changed mine yesterday on a 79 cj7. It wasn't too hard I got one from autozone for $9. It already had the threaded ends on it and screwed right on. It actually took a couple tries to get it on just because I didn't have it at the right angle. I don't think you should have to trim anything though, just keep rotating it until it fits in right.
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The old one had a chewed up end. Bought a cable from local parts store today. It looks to be proper length without having to trim. Will install it in a few days. Thanks for the entry.
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i ordered mine, and with the way these online Jeep parts dealers are these days, I probably didn't get the right one for the job! i did trim a little at a time until it fit right and I could screw the ferrel/nut onto the xfer case/speedo.. I couldn't use the old one because it sheered off at the speedo for some reason.. 34 years old I guess..
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Having a dickens of a time getting speedometer cable to work on my 86 cj7.
I'm on cable number three. I take it you have to cut the cable to get it to fit.
Or am I looking at it wrong? Purchased cables through 4WD.com
Are you talking about a replacement cable only or the housing along with it?
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Are you talking about a replacement cable only or the housing along with it?
I think I've got the right cable now. Will install in a few days.
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I think I've got the right cable now. Will install in a few days.
What was the problem? Post the solution when you can; I see a ton of threads asking for help and never post the problem/solution. I'm sure it will help the next guy when he/she does a search.
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wonder if the speedo gear turned and isnt making contact n e more?
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I thought my cable went bad, got a new one. Still didn't work. Thought it had to be the speedo, got a new one (note; expensive and hard to find). Still didn't work. Turned out the plastic gear in the transfer case was stripped. Temporary solution, borrowed my girlfriend's GPS. Ended up finding a used transfer case for $40 and got my gear and other spare parts out of it.
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...just keep rotating it until it fits in right.
thats what she said
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I had to trim off each end with the one I got from 4WDH also. I've tried the replacement cable insert, but the housing got damaged when it got caught on something when removing the tub when I did my frame swap.

My issue I'm having now, 3 cables later, is that the speedo jumps around. Every time I disconnect it, move it underneath, whatever, it bounces about 10 MPH until I get to a certain speed. It's almost like the cable is binding, but there are no kinks, sharp turns, etc in it. I've tried a couple different lubes, but no better. Any of you changing your cables having this issue?
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Unread 09-07-2011, 10:27 AM   #15
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Had the same problem with two cables. The third one worked. Make sure you have the speedo end secured
tightly or the cable will wobble inside the sheath. That's my theory anyway. Good luck.
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