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S2 gear cables

Postby besidethewye » Mon 29.06.2015, 11:16

At last the Elan has let me down - en route to Scotland - floppy gear lever and stuck in second (which did enable me to get off the roundabout at least).

Looks like new cables needed. I've had a search around but am not 100% sure on what is available and what the recommendations would be. A bit disappointed that the car was just back from a service - suspect that the gear cables did not get looked at for some time.

Any advice on best approach and sources for replacements much appreciated.
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Re: S2 gear cables

Postby epipete » Mon 29.06.2015, 11:56

Speak/pm John (Brit car nut). He is now the guru making replacement cables.

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Re: S2 gear cables

Postby rip » Mon 29.06.2015, 12:43

:agree:
BCN cables will be cheaper, stronger & slicker than OEM ones.

Service schedules & MOTs don't cover everything so I would not expect this to be noticed.
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Re: S2 gear cables

Postby daveiow » Mon 29.06.2015, 13:43

:agree: with the above :D
Would add get the Short Shift Kit at the same time, tremendous improvement in shift quality.
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Re: S2 gear cables

Postby besidethewye » Mon 29.06.2015, 14:13

Thanks for the advice.

What's entailed in the short shift kit? Would be nice to have a quicker gear shift - perhaps the fact that I instinctively went slowly through the changes should have told me the cables weren't great but I assumed it was a built in characteristic due to the front drive.

Same cables + some additions or is it different cables to start?
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Re: S2 gear cables

Postby daveiow » Mon 29.06.2015, 18:02

If you get the cables and SSK together BCN supplies slightly different rod ends and abutment brackets.
The shift isn't necessarily quicker, just more precise and "shorter", it feels like a modern car instead of the porridge stirrer we are all use to.
For the extra cost involved while you are doing the cables I think it is well worth it.
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Re: S2 gear cables

Postby Fredjohn » Mon 29.06.2015, 18:23

:agree:

Get both the cables and the short shift from BCN. They work very well together and his cables are a huge improvement over std cables. The short shift has 3 different settings and you can choose when assembling how short you want it: I set mine in in the middle and am delighted with the resultant gear changing. Price is good compared to std cables too.

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Re: S2 gear cables

Postby besidethewye » Sun 02.08.2015, 09:14

Thanks all - new cables from BCN and short shift kit now in and working well. Certainly feels different!
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