Sticky Throttle


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Greg_C
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Sticky Throttle

Postby Greg_C » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:27 pm



My bike throttle cable is sticky, and will not allow the carb return to normal low idle when throttle grip is released. Not a good/safe situation... If i disconnect both throttle cables the grip is smooth and The throttle " spring on the carb body is strong and will snap/ rotate back to the normal idle position without binding. If I temporarily remove/disconnect just the " push" throttle cable, at the carbs the throttle will move easily by the pull cable and will always return to normal idle when I release the grip...
I,ve lubricated both cables... But if I reconnect the "push" cable the sticky cable situation returns....
So is correcting this situation simply a matter of replacing one or both throttle cables?

Greg


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1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa
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Re: Sticky Throttle

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:58 pm

If your going to replace one you might as well do both (you wouldn't replace one brake pad).

"I've lubricated both cables... But if I reconnect the "push" cable the sticky cable situation returns...."

Lubricating will help if it's clean and not all "gummed up" in there somewhere.
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Re: Sticky Throttle

Postby patbrandon1 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:30 pm

I replaced both of mine for about 22 bucks from Ebay. And for years and years whenever I put a new cable on, I use a baggie tied at the end with a small hole in it and spray Liquid Wrench silicone spray into the bag enough to lube the cable all the way down. It stays free and smooth seemingly forever.

I would guess that there is some rust inside your push cable. That cable is only for a backup in case your pull cable breaks, it still gives you some control for throttle until you can get someplace quick to replace the pull cable. When I got my most recent 82 1100i, it wasn't until I pulled apart the throttle handle that I even knew my push cable was busted off right at the top, and all rusty throughout when I pulled it apart. Seems like water can get in there after a few years of getting caught in the rain a few times.

That being said, it is also possible the the cable routing could be hindering the proper return smoothness. There is a great how to to replace them, but they need to be routed in a specific way to allow proper return.

I would replace them both just because. And if it is sticking too bad to ride before you replace them, I rode mine for about two weeks without a push cable after I first got it, and the worst that can happen is you won't have any ability to give it gas if the pull cable breaks.

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Re: Sticky Throttle

Postby aznyaz » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:54 am

This was good to see this post since just yesterday my "pull" throttle cable broke right at the grip, and it couldn't have happened at a better place - right in a parking space at the bank as I was about to pull out.

I have noticed some drag on the throttle action since I've had the bike (last August) and even after re-installing my carbs after the rebuild, but nothing too drastic.

I have a couple of questions, specifically (1) what/who is the best source for aftermarket cables and (2) what is the best lubricant? I have a can of Dry-Slide which is a light oil and graphite mix, probably less prone to collecting dirt and gumming up.

Looking for any input.

Thanks.

MJ

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Re: Sticky Throttle

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:09 am

patbrandon1 wrote:I replaced both of mine for about 22 bucks from Ebay. And for years and years whenever I put a new cable on, I use a baggie tied at the end with a small hole in it and spray Liquid Wrench silicone spray into the bag enough to lube the cable all the way down.


aznyaz wrote:I have a can of Dry-Slide which is a light oil and graphite mix, probably less prone to collecting dirt and gumming up.
Just work it through real well


http://www.bikebandit.com/motion-pro-throttle-cable?m=151812 This is where I get mine, and have had exceptional luck with them.
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Re: Sticky Throttle

Postby Greg_C » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:51 pm

Thanks everyone for all for your helpful responses .... going to order two new cables...

greg


Current Rides:
1976 GL1000 (WIP)
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummings Diesel - Camper puller
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HMCS Assiniboine (DDH 234)
1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa
1979 MGB Roadster
1980 GL1100 Interstate


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