Lube cables


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reconmarine
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Lube cables

Postby reconmarine » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:59 am



I am new here, I have a 2000 gl1500 se and I need to know if there is any way I can lube my throtle cable?



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Re: Lube cables

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:57 am

Absolutely. while it's not a simple 5-minute job, it's also not all that difficult to do. You unhook the cables from the grip end and attach a cable lubricating attachment like this:

Cable lubricating attachment
Cable lubricating attachment


These are available for around $10 at any bike shop or online. It clamps on the end of the cable. You then take the little plastic straw from a spray can of graphite lubricant (my preference) and insert it into one of those little holes there and spray until it comes out the far end of the cable. Let it dry, then put it back together. That's about it!

Other methods involve putting a plastic bag full of lubricant over the top cable end and fastening it in place with a rubber band, then letting it sit overnight until it seeps to the bottom end.

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Re: Lube cables

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:00 pm

While I have never used an attachment for it I do lube the cables every other year. I simply pull the cable end apart as far as I can and squirt the lube in through the end. It takes a bit of voo doo but I get it done. I always use dry slide. It a graphite base lube that won't attract dirt or grime.

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Re: Lube cables

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:49 pm

The lubricant I use is a spray-on graphite lubricant that has a carrier that dries very quickly and leaves no damp residue - the result is a completely dry, lubricated surface. Works great on locks, too.

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Re: Lube cables

Postby reconmarine » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:20 pm

Thank you all for the help, I have my adapter on order. I think it sounds like something I could even do. But knowing me I'll find a way to mess it up :)

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Re: Lube cables

Postby thrasherg » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:35 am

Just be sure to follow the manual when you put the cables back on.. If you don't get enough slack in the cables the throttle will not close (too stiff) when you release the grip and it will idel too fast, but if there is too much slack it will make it awkward to ride and the cruise control will behave a little slow.. It's always good to lube the cables and give the bike a little TLC (Tender Loving Care), Just take your time and enjoy yourself..

Gary

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Re: Lube cables

Postby upssnowman » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:38 am

That is the best thing I have found also it comes with a kit at most RV dealers it's called cable life lube
and the adapter comes with it.

Googled a quick link here
http://www.protectall.com/cablelflong.aspx

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Re: Lube cables

Postby keithg64 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:27 pm

upssnowman wrote:That is the best thing I have found also it comes with a kit at most RV dealers it's called cable life lube
and the adapter comes with it.

Googled a quick link here
http://www.protectall.com/cablelflong.aspx


That's the same stuff I use, been useing it for years. You can get it at j&p cycles also.


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