Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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If the housing has a good fit in the fitting, you can live without the ferrule, who's purpose would otherwise be to match the housing and fitting diameters. But without a ferrule you want to be extra careful to cut the housing to a square bottom. If the housing is still uncut, use the machine cut ends for the non-ferruled end. Or use a bench grinder to square up the cut.
The ferrules also provide for the adjusters to turn easily without twisting the housing. If your adjusters need to turn, you can pull away the housing to ease the pressure so it won't twist with the adjuster, or drop in a small brass, or SS washer when threading the wire (but it's Christmas eve, so you'll have to wait until Wednesday). BTW- I always add a washer in turning fittings when I don't use a ferrule.
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