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Old 12-25-13, 02:23 PM
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Duane Behrens
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You've gotten plenty of advice here - both kinds - so I won't add a lot more except this: You yourself touched on the importance of initial cable tension, and you were correct. Attempts to "adjust" around an improperly tensioned cable will be frustrating at best. The first time I installed a FD, I actually wore out a cable getting that tension right. But when I DID get it right, the rest of the adjustments became responsive to my touch and tolerant of slight inaccuracies.

Watch the videos - they're helpful - but don't be afraid to start over by re-setting initial cable tension, then going through the steps again. Like me, you may not get it on the first try . . . but you'll get it.
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