Choke cable loose?

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Choke cable loose?

Post by grains » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:55 pm

Hi Again, been awhile since I have posted. But soon the snow is gone and looking forward to the new riding season.
When I use the choke on start up it is loose enough that it will not stay in one position but will slowly back off to no choke. So I have to always keep a close eye on it while I suit up.
Is there any way to put a little tension on the cable so I don't have to baby sit it?
Thanks again guys and gals. This site has been a real help

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Re: Choke cable loose?

Post by Welshwing » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:11 am

I have the same thing with my '84i interstate, but I have noticed that if you take the choke cable housing off (handlebar end obvously) the pulley that the cable runs through has a tongued pieced for locating in its runner. Mine has gone a little slack over time so it no longer locates into the indent that is there to stop the choke sliding off on its own. Packing the tongue out with a piece of (very) narrow/thin rubber tubing or running a bead of silicone in there does stop it from sliding past the indent and keeps it at around 1/3 choke which is usually plenty to get it warmed up to run.

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Re: Choke cable loose?

Post by seabee_ » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:41 am

A good cheap fix for it is to loosen the bolts for the clutch housing clamp, slide the clamp closer to the left grip button assembly. This will 'pinch' the choke lever assembly and help hold it in place. Just move things enough to allow you to hold the choke in place, but still adjust it. I've done this and it's worked so far. :D
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Re: Choke cable loose?

Post by Mooseman » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:03 pm

Dito on what seabee said...... :D Worked for me also and I had the same prblem.
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Re: Choke cable loose?

Post by valour1 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:01 pm

Thanks had same problem and it worked

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