Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Teflon is practically impervious to any lubricants, and will not "swell" in contact with them.
However, I tried lubing my original cables when they got so tight I was wearing out the grips. I used Dupont Teflon lubricant, very expensive stuff, about $18 for a small 18 gram tube. Forget it!
The teflon liner is very slick when dry, and the cable will slide easily over the liner. Any "wet" lubricant will cause "shear" within the lube, and the non dry teflon lube actually made the problem worse. I think the original early cables were wearing through the thin liner and contacting the wire wrapping of the outer sheath.
About that time BMW came out with the first new design cables, I put them in, and rode about 80,000 miles with them and no further problems at all. Throttle would still "snap back" when released. They have since come out with an even newer design.
If you have a sticky, hard throttle, get the new design cables, you will not regret it.
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EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
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