GL 1000 sticky throttle cables


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GL 1000 sticky throttle cables

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I installed brand new cables on my wing during the winter. Bought them at the Honda dealer. After about 2000 miles, they got very sticky. I sprayed them with PB Blaster and that worked for a bit but the stickiness returned. I'm lubing them with fluid film and still sticking. Any suggestions?


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Flush out all the sticky lube with something like brake cleaner, then lube with proper cable lube, graphite, or PTFE dry lube. It helps to have a cable lube device, to force the lube through the cable.
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You're right, I've been trying to avoid removing the cables but there's only one way to do it!
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No need to remove the cables, just detach at least one end, (two is better), attach the tool and spray until is comes out the other end.
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I use one of these:



Motion Pro Cable Luber

Clamp it on the top of the cable (once you remove the top end), spray some brake cleaner down it. Once that's cleared all the gooey stuff out of the cable (lots coming out the bottom end, spray some quality dry graphite lubricant

Once that drips out the end (careful, it's like black spray paint), remove the Luber, let the cable dry for a few hours until the solvent carrier has fully evaporated. You'll have silky-smooth cables after that.
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Rambozo wrote: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:29 pm No need to remove the cables, just detach at least one end, (two is better), attach the tool and spray until is comes out the other end.
If one doesn't disconnect the lower end, wouldn't that leave the runoff from the cleaning in the actuator cavity?
I'm not so sure about an inner child, but I have an inner idiot that surfaces every now and then.. :mrgreen:
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landisr wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:15 am
Rambozo wrote: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:29 pm No need to remove the cables, just detach at least one end, (two is better), attach the tool and spray until is comes out the other end.
If one doesn't disconnect the lower end, wouldn't that leave the runoff from the cleaning in the actuator cavity?
I stuff a couple blue shop towels down there to absorb what drips out the bottom of the cables.
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So you remove the cover?
I'm not so sure about an inner child, but I have an inner idiot that surfaces every now and then.. :mrgreen:
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If you have gunk in there and need to flush it all out, I would undo both ends to you can move the cable back and forth while spraying the cleaner in and be able to see when you have it pretty clean. After that, no need to undo the bottom as you just squirt in a little lube from the top, maybe once a year or so to keep it in good shape.


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