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Copen 2004 clutch cable

Discussion in 'Dealers and Suppliers' started by Narisha, Feb 3, 2018.

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  1. Narisha

    Narisha Copenworld Newbie

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    Hello,
    I am hoping I might be able to get some advice on sourcing a new clutch cable for my 2004 Copen (I call her 'Little Silver').
    My mechanic has tried to recondition it including having some machining done to it, but it looks like it needs to be replaced. I have had a look online but I can only find left hand drive cables from UK website. I am based in Perth Western Australia and need a right hand drive clutch cable. Any advice?
    Many thanks,
    Narisha
     
  2. jez77

    jez77 Copenworld Regular

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    You can always have one custom made.
    I had to have custom clutch and handbrake cable on a project 10 years ago.
    I'm sure there'd be someone in Perth that can make wire cables.
     
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  3. Vin Petrol

    Vin Petrol Copenworld Regular

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    I think there must be some confusion, we have RHD Copens in the UK. The only LHD version as far as I know is the European 1300cc? If there is a LHD 659cc version, I'd expect the cable to be identical anyway, it's just a wire it doesn't have sides. Here's one for £50 but I don't know what delivery would be to you.

    https://www.viamoto.co.uk/proddetai...+Daihatsu+Copen+659cc+16v+L880+JB-DET&cat=453

    Daihatsu Part Number 31340-97403-000

    You could try Japanese websites too, or you could try these guys who may be able to order it for you, I know the UK ex-Daihatsu places can:-

    ・TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION AUSTRALIA
    Daihatsu, PO Box 187, Caringbah, NSW, 2229
    TEL:1800 252 097
     
  4. Narisha

    Narisha Copenworld Newbie

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    Thank you so much! Will get onto it now.
    Cheers.
     
  5. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    Well, I'm a bit mystified, too. I have found all sorts of suppliers in UK who have clutch cables, but they are all left hand drive only. I wouldn't think the same cable would work for either side, though I suppose it's possible. I would need confirmation from someone who has actually done it and knows that it works. I just find it hard to believe that there are no right hand drive cables sold in England. I have asked detailed questions of several UK eBay sellers, and they all say they do not have a RH drive cable. Somebody here must know for sure.
     
  6. copenforbusiness

    copenforbusiness Copenworld Member

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    I'm with @jez77. It will probably be much cheaper to have one "fabricated" (not much to it) than having to post it from far away... and faster too.
     
  7. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    I ordered a LH cable from UK. A friend told me I didn't have much to lose by buying it and taking the chance that it will fit. It just arrived this morning. I can't tell just by looking at it if it will fit, but it sure looks the part. The same friend said if I take out the driver seat, I should be able to avoid removing the dash. I like that idea. Does anyone here know if he's right? There's a nut you have to remove on the inside of the firewall, on the bracket that holds the cable where it comes through. I'm guessing it might be difficult to access. I would really appreciate hearing from somebody who's actually done this job before I start. I really, really don't want to take the dash out.
     
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  8. Flossy

    Flossy Copenworld Newbie

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    Hi Freddyzdead and all,

    My clutch cable went on Saturday, and have a new one ordered with a neighbour mechanic going to fit, and had told him that I had seen info about being extremely difficult job taking dash out, so am very interested too please for any advice I can pass on to him? Thank you
     
  9. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    Hi Flossy
    Just wondering, is the job done? I haven't tackled it yet, been waiting for the weather to improve. Also, now I have the part, it doesn't seem as urgent as it did before. I'm probably just looking for ways to keep putting it off. Some good friends have just come back from spending almost 2 years in Ireland. He says summer in Ireland is much like winter in Australia. Something tells me I wouldn't like Ireland that much. Anyhow, any news about the job would be gratefully received, especially as to the necessity or not of removing the dash. I just can't see any self-respecting mechanic doing that.
     
  10. Edweldo

    Edweldo Copenworld Newbie

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    Folks anyone wanting a clutch cable in Australia go to Toyota for genuine part. (thats where i got mine) Sorry Narisha that I didn't respond earlier I imagine its all done?
     
  11. Edweldo

    Edweldo Copenworld Newbie

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    PS Its the Toyota dealership in Wangara. There is no way to replace the cable without removing the dashboard, seats and lots of trim. Even then the nut is behind heater ducting. I dont think anyone wants to remove the dash but it is entirely necessary. Trouble is some of the plastic bits from trim break off so I had to weld plastic to plastic with soldering iron an add a little more plastic to beef it up.
     
  12. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    Actually, the nut is on the outside, in the engine bay, easy to get at. My friend has had his head under the dash, and tried to get the cable out. He finally said that it's possible that it might just come out, but you would never get the new one through the hole. He said he thought an enterprising mechanic would probably relocate the hole a little bit lower. Anyway, he got the clutch end of the cable off, and found that it moves quite freely. That means there's nothing wrong with the cable, the trouble is the clutch itself. I bought a clutch kit on eBay, and he's going to install it next week. Of course, the manual says step one for removing the clutch is to remove the engine and transaxle. But, of course! No. he looked at it, and thinks he can remove one drive shaft and one engine mount and it should drop down enough to get access. I hope he's right.
     
  13. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    Ah, well. Yes, the engine did have to come out, and he found that someone had made the exhaust pipe into one piece, so there was no option but to cut it and weld it back together when finished. The job took 3 days, but all is well now. It ended up costing over AU$1300, but it would have been more if I'd taken it somewhere else. It still has the original cable; he said there's nothing wrong with it. The only trouble now is the front shocks have had it. I thought it was a bit more bouncy than it should be.
     
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