Originally Posted by Motorbikenewb
Simple tip that will save you a lot of hassle. The clutch cable spring (the smaller one, not the heat shield), just toss it and install without the cable. Will save you plenty of hassle. Also, use some WD40 on the cable innards.
I usually slide the cable from the sheath and put a thin coat of grease on the cable. Just get a small glob on your fingertip, and slide the cable through it between said finger and thumb. Work some extra in/on at each end of the sheath. Don't do it to the end of the cable where the cable stop goes on, though, or it'll be harder to keep it (the stop) from moving.