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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2005, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Throttle Cable Adjustment

I can't make sense of these instructions.

The owners manual says:

"Loosen both locknuts along the throttle cables, and turn both adjusters in completely so as to give the throttle grip plenty of play."

Ok, that makes sense.

"Turn out the decelerator cable adjuster until there is no play when the throttle grip is completely closed. Tighten the locknut against the adjuster."

Ok, I turn out the adjuster until there is no play.

"Turn out the accelerator calbe adjuster until the correct throttle grip play is obtained. Tighten the locknut to the adjuster."

Unfortunately, I've alread taken all the play out the throttle earlier! Now I have one adjuster way out and one way in. What am I doing wrong?

I tried to post this in another thread that already asked this question, but the thread was locked.

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I to have way too slack in my throttle cables and I've tried to adjust, but to no avail!
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You're thinking about "play" in the decelerator cable in the wrong direction. Once both adjusters are all the way in start backing the decelerator cable adjuster out slightly and feel for "backwards" play in the throttle. Continue adjusting the decelerator cable until this play is removed. Then adjust the accelerator cable play.

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I'll give it a shot.
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SWATGeek,

I'm still confused. What is the "backwards" play?

If the throttle is left alone in the closed position, backwards play is the amount of play towards closed? Forward play would be play the amount of play towards open? Total play would be backward play + forward play?

I can see the throttle move as I adjust either accelerator or decelerator adjuster outwards.

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If the throttle is left alone in the closed position, backwards play is the amount of play towards closed? Forward play would be play the amount of play towards open? Total play would be backward play + forward play?
Correct. "Backwards" play is play in the decelerator cable when you move the throttle from it's resting position to the fully closed position. This only works when both cable adjusters are turned all the way in. Once the decelerator cable play is removed then the accelerator cable can be adjusted. Be sure not to put tension on the decelerator cable, just remove the slack in it.

I've had to adjust the throttle cable on my '05 three times in 700 miles. These are some of the stretchiest cables I've ever seen.
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ok, im putting my bike back together and my throttle is sticking like a mofo. I read the thread and tried adjusting it with every combination,no luck. my handgrip is like impossible to move it. I have backed the screws out all the way from the carbs, put them all the way forward, nothing seems to be changing the fact that its not movin
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ok, im putting my bike back together and my throttle is sticking like a mofo. I read the thread and tried adjusting it with every combination,no luck. my handgrip is like impossible to move it. I have backed the screws out all the way from the carbs, put them all the way forward, nothing seems to be changing the fact that its not movin
It's probably not the throttle cables. Disconnect the throttle cables from the throttle and see if it twists, it may be binding on the handlebars. If so, loosen the two screws holding the throttle grip assembly in place and slide it out just a little bit. This will get the inside of the throttle away from the end of the bar.

If this isn't the problem make sure the throttles are turning at the carburetors. While the throttle cables are disconnected from everything individually move them back and forth to see if either one could be the source of the problem.
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ok, im putting my bike back together and my throttle is sticking like a mofo. I read the thread and tried adjusting it with every combination,no luck. my handgrip is like impossible to move it. I have backed the screws out all the way from the carbs, put them all the way forward, nothing seems to be changing the fact that its not movin
If SWATGeek's answer doesn't help or also this is for everyone, remove the 2 screws on the actual throttle mount and spray some lub in there to lub the cables and the actual twisting action this helped on mine as i would ge a sticky throttle almost like cruize control sometimes unless the throttle had so much play it was unridable.
Ps... has anyone mention to ckeck you grip is not rubbing at either end especially aftermarket ones.
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