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Lubed my throttle cables----great result!!

I have put about 800 miles on my LT since getting it officially on the road 10 days ago.....the bulk of it in two Rides to eat. At the end of each day,....the only downside was my right hand was sore from constanltly fighting to keep the throttle open or add throttle. I had read that a throttle cable replacement was the fix....but time and money are short right now...so posted about lubing the cables.

I got a couple of good responses. I already had the Motion Pro cable luber....Ive had it 10 years and probably have never used it until now.

The responders said "No traditional dead dinosaur lube....Silicone only"
and CRC Heavy Duty silicone was the drug of choice. Walmart had the CRC HD Silicone @ $1.97.

Got back, plugged it up to my pull side cable (Had to remove the right side handle bar cover and decided to release the complete cable from the grip).......sprayed until I could hear hissing sounds lower down in the bike indicating (I think) that the silicone had made the trip down the length of the cable. Did the return cable as well since I was in there,...and lubed the plastic guide piece where the cables exit their housings and make the turn up to the throttle grip.

Re-assembled everything and went for a ride.............WOW!......What a huge difference. Used to be that my cramp buster would keep moving around the grip and I would have to keep rolling off the throttle and moving the cramp buster back up.............NO MORE!......The overall effort has been reduced so much that the cramp buster stays put.

The bike SEEMS much more responsive now.

Its all good!

Brian In Austin


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Re: Lubed my throttle cables----great result!!

Nice job. I have been contemplating replacing the cables but this sounds like a much better option. How long did it take you to complete this?

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Having just replaced my heated grips,...I knew where all the little screws were that held the throttle cable guides on the right grip.....so my actual time to do this; not counting the trip to Walmart, was probably somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour.

I also found that how the cables were routed through the right side handle bar cover and the tension of the return cable greatly impacted the feel of the throttle......so....probably an hour total by the time I got done twiddling around.

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Thanks for the insight, I will be attempting this soon.
I will pick up the lube and I thought I had read here to lube thingie could be purchased at napa or car quest.

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Got mine on line or at a motorcycle shop,...cant remember which.

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Original equipment cables have an internal liner and do not require lubrication . Lubricatng these cables maycause the liner to swell and damage the cable. Thats per Clymer but I like the stiff fill . 03 LT . Jim
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You don't say what year you have but there was some problems with earlier throttle cables and some riders had them replaced under warranty. Either you have problems or you don't. Sounds like you have something that will work for you. Most riders have replaced the cables with a newer designed cable.

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Teflon liners can swell if a dino based lube is used............gotta use the Silicone............


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You don't say what year you have but there was some problems with earlier throttle cables and some riders had them replaced under warranty. Either you have problems or you don't. Sounds like you have something that will work for you. Most riders have replaced the cables with a newer designed cable.
My bike is a 2000 LT. This procedure has been used by MANY others successfully.........I found out about it here!

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I also found that how the cables were routed through the right side handle bar cover and the tension of the return cable greatly impacted the feel of the throttle......so....probably an hour total by the time I got done twiddling around.

Brian in Austin
Glad to hear that the lubing went so well. Sounds just like my experience. Less that $2 for a can of Silicone spray and 1 hour of work, sure beats over $100 for new cables and removing all the tupperware to install them. Only one caution about the job - the tension of the return cable not only affects the feel of the throttle but also the operation of the cruise control. It sounds like your cruise is probably working OK, however If you have any problems with the cruise disengaging when it is not supposed to, or not disengaging when you forcibly roll off the throttle, then you need to readjust the return cable tension back to the specified slack.

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Thanks for the insight, I will be attempting this soon.
I will pick up the lube and I thought I had read here to lube thingie could be purchased at napa or car quest.
Sounds like a reason to have a tech session...Let me know when you plan on doing it, I also have the stiff throttle cable & wrist.

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Sounds like a reason to have a tech session...Let me know when you plan on doing it, I also have the stiff throttle cable & wrist.

Ron,

Any time you want to ride down from Illinois to Central Texas, I will be happy to have a tech session on the procedure.

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