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926078 Pro 28" RapidTrak - Assembly Questions - Cable Routing

So picked up my new Ariens RapidTrak 926078 and started putting it together last night. It's not difficult or time consuming at all. Not much that really needs to be done. But I do have a question with regards to the cable routing, specifically the right handle, the cable that connects the lever below the handlebar used for unlocking and raising / lowering the RapidTraks. The assembly diagram could be a lot better (in my opinion). Anyway, it's difficult to tell from the picture if this cable is routed thru the hollow handlebar or if it's routed outside the handlebar somehow. All the cables are inside the handlebars when it's shipped in the crate, but it looks like most, if not all, are supposed to be pulled up, outside the handlebars. I'm just not certain about this one particular cable. None of the dealers anywhere close to me have one of these in stock or I'd just run over and look. I've viewed the few "review" videos on YouTube trying to ascertain how exactly this cable is routed, but I haven't found a clear view. I'll try and post a couple of pics. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance !!!
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Here's the picture and how I routed it inside the handlebar but I'm thinking this is wrong. The one diagram appears to show you're supposed to pull the cable out of the handlebar, yet the following looks like it's a "see thru" view of the handlebar with the cable routed inside. The handlebar has a hole at the bottom that the cable and nuts just fit thru, but I'm not sure. Routing it this way seems to put a lot of stress on the cable bending 90' to the left. Any confirmation would be greatly appreciated. I'm probably a complete idiot and it's obvious to other's. Thanks again.
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It looks to me like the pictures on this page have the cable run on the outside
see back view and back 3/4 view
https://www.ariens.com/en-us/snow-pr...wers/rapidtrak
but the cable just hangs loose, I think it should at least be cable tied to the handlebar.
Did they give you any cable ties?

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Yup. That picture kind of looks like it just "hangs there", yet the assembly instructions appear like it's routed within like the way I've done it. But I'm not sure. It needs to attach at a 90' angle so it kinda of makes sense routing thru the handlebar as opposed to just "flying in the wind", but I'm not sure. So far I love what I see in terms of quality on this "Pro" model, but no offense, the instructions remind me of EVERY "Chinese" product I've ever assembled = absolutely horrendous and a lot of added time / trial and error. It wouldn't hurt Ariens to add some actual "wording" or "instructions" instead of simply showing diagrams or hieroglyphics (LOL). I know, I know, they have dealer's who assemble and sell these. But in many cases, especially the "big box stores", the assemblers are not exactly "master mechanics".
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You could give Ariens a call and see what they say.

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Yea. It's Saturday. Snow coming in tomorrow. Was hoping someone on here had the same model and might be able to send me a pic or answer my question regarding this one particular cable routing. I'll make do and try calling next week.
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You're not going to hurt anything running it one way or the other a couple of times. Have fun in the snow.

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You're not going to hurt anything running it one way or the other a couple of times. Have fun in the snow.
Agree with toromike
As long as cable works, is not binding it’ll be fine.
Looks to me from picture, out back of bar is correct.
As long as it works.

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You're not going to hurt anything running it one way or the other a couple of times. Have fun in the snow.
Agree with toromike
As long as cable works, is not binding it’ll be fine.
Looks to me from picture, out back of bar is correct.
As long as it works.
Yes. It works routed inside the handlebar and out thru the hole at the bottom. I'll leave it that way. There's no binding or kinking of the cable. If worse comes to worse and the cable shreds or something from use, I can buy a new cable. Appreciate all the help and support. Thanks again.

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