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I'm selling a bike and I know it's got a soon to fail throttle cable. I went to the local shop and left both cables for them to reproduce. Three days later I went back and my cables were laying exactly where they had been. Untouched. I took them because I'm running out of time. Ordered a pair off ebay last night. Well, I tried to buy from the local guy.
 

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The shop may be busy. You just wasn't the next in line. You can't expect them to put every other paying customer aside while the tend to your cables. If I was the customer they put aside, I'd be pissed. So repairs are usually done in order how they came in or if they are waiting on parts. I'll bet the quality will be better on the local cables.
 

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The shop may be busy. You just wasn't the next in line. You can't expect them to put every other paying customer aside while the tend to your cables. If I was the customer they put aside, I'd be pissed. So repairs are usually done in order how they came in or if they are waiting on parts. I'll bet the quality will be better on the local cables.
I'm not upset really. It's that I'm really needing these cables. I've done business with these guys. They're not a chain, completely local. I really believe this time my cables were hung up and forgotten. It was a new kid and I believe he forgot to tell somebody they were there. I'll do business with them in the future.
 

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Oh boy, here's another... I need a clutch kit for my Miata. Local auto supply has a kit with everything. $300. Ebay has the exact same kit. Same manufacturer and part number.. $114 with free shipping. I really like to buy locally when I can. This makes it impossible.
 

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Me too, I`ll try local vendors first...
However, sometimes pri$$$e wins :D

I`m curious though??
you mention "reproduce" these cables...
Did you find out IF new cables were ordered? before picking them up and walking out the door?
That IS the easiest way to "reproduce" throttle cables ;)

I think(?)
 

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Oh boy, here's another... I need a clutch kit for my Miata. Local auto supply has a kit with everything. $300. Ebay has the exact same kit. Same manufacturer and part number.. $114 with free shipping. I really like to buy locally when I can. This makes it impossible.
I agree with you there. If you can get it for 1/3 of the price, go for it.
 

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I'm not upset really. It's that I'm really needing these cables. I've done business with these guys. They're not a chain, completely local. I really believe this time my cables were hung up and forgotten. It was a new kid and I believe he forgot to tell somebody they were there. I'll do business with them in the future.
^This. Sometimes even the best business will have a failure. This is a good take on being on the receiving end of that failure. If it repeats, then that's different.
 

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I also believe in buying local if at all possible. But sometimes it just does not make any sense like when I can buy a part for 50% less on line with free shipping. But still if the price is not terribly different say $10 range or so I would rather help the local folks out. JMHO
 

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Me too, I`ll try local vendors first...
However, sometimes pri$$$e wins :D

I`m curious though??
you mention "reproduce" these cables...
Did you find out IF new cables were ordered? before picking them up and walking out the door?
That IS the easiest way to "reproduce" throttle cables ;)

I think(?)
You can of course buy whole new cables. Mine were just beginning to fray though. The outers were fine. They use my outers but install new cables, swage new ends etc. I've also made cable ends out of bolts and swaged them myself. I've also turned ends out on a lathe, drilled holes and threaded them. Installed set screws. I've read about drilling a hole the proper diameter into a piece of wood, intersect another hole, insert a cable end through, fray the end and apply flux. Fill the hole with solder, thus "casting" an end onto the fluxed, frayed cable end, but I've yet to try that method. When I built my trike I had to make my own 18 foot long cable for the throttle. I'm out of material though and wanted to just have it done. Making your own or rebuilding them is a fraction of the cost.
 
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