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    So less than 1 year on this cable and it does this. The cable is routed in a straight shot except for the bend at the transom adapter which is a big sweep. It was never hard to adjust while driving or anything. I had noticed it had gotten a little of slack in it that day. Saturday night I went out to do hot laps, punched the gas and then went to lift the boat and nothing happened. What would cause the cable to fail like this?

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    Get another but make sure its the red cable from cp. The red has the least amount of play.
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    I will advise you to do the exact opposite of what Krusn suggests. Do not buy the red jacket cable from CP. Exposed to sunlight, the red sheathing will turn pink in short order. After that you can count on the sheathing cracking apart and falling off, followed by the inner wire casing coming apart. This is my personal experience with that particular cable. It barely lasted a year(in sharp contrast to the original Morse red cable that it replaced). I was told it was due to a lack of UV protection in the red sheathing. Black sheathing apparently does not have this problem. My Reverse cable is black and is at least 10 years old and in perfect shape. No more red cables for me.

    If you want some idea of how much play there "might" be in a cable, look at the rated "minimum bend radius". In order to reduce the bend radius, the cable needs to have more clearance between the moving part of the cable and the housing. More clearance= more play, or slack, in the cable.
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    I have the UV issue taken care of and had them both....still think the red is better.
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    any ideas why it failed so soon?

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    I ran a black cable last year from morse and it didnt last!! The red cables from CP rock, they are very strong and I have never had mine turn pink on me.... We run them in our blown set ups and are not very easy on them to say the least, Never had one problem with them!!

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    [QUOTE=Oldsquirt;1431102]I will advise you to do the exact opposite of what Krusn suggests. Do not buy the red jacket cable from CP. Exposed to sunlight, the red sheathing will turn pink in short order. After that you can count on the sheathing cracking apart and falling off, followed by the inner wire casing coming apart. QUOTE]

    I've had the same experience with the red Morse cables. Never had any problems with the Teleflex or Ultraflex black ones.

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