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Unread 09-30-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Hardtop Cam & Cable Conundrum

I have a CJ7 hardtop that I have been restoring for the last month or so. Things have gone relatively well thus far... I did the outside in black Monstaliner and the inside in the tintable light gray. I also went through and replaced all of the hardware, including the cam & cable and latches on the rear lift gate. Here's the problem... The replacement cam & cable assembly is too long. There's no way to get into the assembly, and cutting the cable to length isn't something I want to do. Given that this should be a fixed length, this shouldn't be a problem. What am I missing?



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Unread 10-01-2013, 06:29 AM   #2
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Botched I had the same problem when I did mine and it really irritated me that OmiAxda can get a simple measurement correct. So what I did was I put a simple overhand knot in the cable to shorten it up. The knot gets really small so you cant really see it and it takes the slack out.
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The overhand knot idea is a surprisingly good one...considering the source.

Alternatively, you could cut the cable and use a crimped loop sleeve.

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Thanks for the feedback guys, I just wanted to be sure it wasn't operator error. I'll try the crimped loop sleeve and post pics.
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Thanks for the feedback guys, I just wanted to be sure it wasn't operator error. I'll try the crimped loop sleeve and post pics.
Be sure you have enough cable to create the loop, and still reach the latch, before you cut anything.

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Unread 10-01-2013, 09:39 PM   #6
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Clean up your old cables and use them on your new cam and latches.
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