Question about stainless steel brake cables
My twin axle trailer doesn't have covered brake cables - just bare galvanised steel wire connected to the various pulleys, adjusters, etc.
I'd like to slowly start replacing the parts, since things are looking a bit corroded, so I ordered some 5mm stainless steel wire and s/s wire grips to replace the main cable length.
I thought I'd measured it all OK, but I've just discovered, stupidly, that the length I ordered (8m) is too short. The cable I ordered is 5mm 7x7 stainless steel cable.
Couple of questions:
Taking the old galvanised cable off, it's much less flexible than the new cable and is , I guess, 1x19 construction. So, I'm now concerned that the nice flexible 7x7 cable might not be the right type - would it stretch and make the brakes less effective? i.e. is 7x7 5mm stainless steel ok?
Secondly, the boat's not on the trailer at the moment, but goes back on this Sunday. I really wanted to change the cables before it went back on. Does anyone know a supplier near to Southampton who would have 5mm 7x7 stainless steel cable and is open on a Saturday? The chandlers (e.g. Force4) list 4mm plastic coated cable for guard rails and don't seem to have anything else. Last resort is to put the galvanised cable back on...