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Early LT throttle Cable Recall

I have heard conflicting information on the Throttle Cable issue on the LT. Many threads here say that you need to replace the Throttle cables on all models up to 2005 when they fixed it. So I tracked down the Service Bulliten that BMW sent to all Dealers and it seems that it only affects pre 2003 bikes as coverage of throttle calbe replacement under warranty expired Dec 2003

So did this problem only happen on 2000-2002 LT's or was BMW just being jerks and telling 2003-2004 owners that they can stuff it if they have throttle cable issues?

Just planning my spring maintenance and if I actually need throttle cables or not on my 2003 LT

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post #2 of 12 Old Mar 31st, 2014, 2:20 pm
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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

Tim,

Whether you actually need new cables or not I can't tell, but to do the modification you'd need the two cables obviously, as well as a little replacement cover for the throttle grip body, and then you have to cut a hole in the bottom handlebar cover to route the cables. Apparently it makes a huge difference to the operation of the throttle, and is well worth doing.

This thread has a nice picture of the installation:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...e+modification

The correct routing is vital. See the attachment.
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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

Thats the issue, the Service bulletin tells me that all bikes made after VIN ZD79401 already have the modification in place. using a VIN decider that is any bike made after 10/28/2002 so 2003 bikes will already have the modified cables in place?

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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

Tim, it seems to me there could have been two upgrades. The first upgrade and the subject of the service bulletin attached to my previous message, only addressed the cable shroud materials in 2003. From the picture it appears that the cables are routed in a sleeve below the handlebar cover, and that the throttle grip housing seems to be the original. From 2005 however, the cables include the transition piece that previously was on the throttle grip housing, as a metal guide on each cable sleeve end. To accomplish this the cover on the throttle grip body had to be replaced. From 2005 the cables no longer run underneath the handlebar cover in a sleeve, but enters the cover and runs inside as shown on the picture attached to my previous message. I think the 2005 modification is the one you really want.

You'll have to confirm with your dealer, but from the MaxBMW parts fiche these are the parts required for the mod:

a) Throttle Cable: 32737694490
b) Accelerator Cable: 32737694491
c) Twist Grip Mod Kit: 32727691990

The item names appear strange, but that's what it is called. One cable is for opening the throttles, the other for closing it. You'll also have to cut a hole in the bottom handlebar cover as shown on the picture above.

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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

The new cables came on the USA 2006 to 2009 LT's.

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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

If your cables are still smooth, you can simply cut out the hole (look for the triangle shaped indentation) under the right cover and re-route your cables through there. On many of the cables, the hard kink at the throttle was what caused the fraying and failure. Eliminate the kink, and you should be good for quite qwhile.


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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

AHA! Thank you everyone for clarification. That is exactly what I needed to know.

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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

It was never a recall.

If you had a complaint, the bulletins show how to fix the problem.

If your complaint occurred while the bike was under warranty, the warranty applied.

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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

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If your cables are still smooth, you can simply cut out the hole (look for the triangle shaped indentation) under the right cover and re-route your cables through there. On many of the cables, the hard kink at the throttle was what caused the fraying and failure. Eliminate the kink, and you should be good for quite qwhile.
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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

FWIW...

I purchased my '02 new in October 2002. At a service in May of 2003, the dealer replaced my throttle cables with the newer upgraded ones. I had no complaints with the original cables.
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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

I owned a 2002LT and this happened to me
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24098

I called up MAXBMW and ordered the complete replacement kit - they seem to
be the only ones who knew what I needed. I then wrote in several posts that
anyone with the cables routed before the change around 2005 should change
the old style for the new style - preemptive maintenance

Kit included cables and all the hardware on the right hand handle bar. You also
need to drill holes in right hand side lower cover.

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Re: Early LT throttle Cable Recall

I was stuck at the IronhorseNC for a few days with an 03 Cable snapped at throttle body. Really Really wish I had changed earlier.
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