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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Throttle cable adjustment and which is heavier a pound of feathers or a ..........

Daniel and I just finished giving the 2 bikes a good drive train lubing, aired up the shocks, new back tires and overall cable lube and adjustments and are hoping to get our junction box from Kawi tomorrow if it comes in - then both bikes will be up to snuff and we will be able to finally ride together.
Along the way we discovered a couple of things
- first the 03 bike's splines had never had a bit of lube anywhere - still in good shape and now full of molly
- second the 03 bike seems ... well.... heavier than the 04. I know this sounds silly but it takes a bit more muscle to push the 03 around whereas the 04 is a breeze to push around
- and thirdly (I know a couple of things means 2 but .... oh well....) I don't seem to be able to get the throttle cables adjusted the same on both bikes - The 03 seems to have a bit more play in the throttle that won't go away - any suggestions on throttle cable adjustments?

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Here are a "couple" suggestions. First are you sure the parking brake is not set on the 03? That would make it harder to push! OK, sorry! Maybe there's a little more drag on the front or rear brakes. You said you did a spline lube so maybe you tightened down on the rear brake adjustment a tad too much? Glad you found the dry splines before it was too late.
Have you tried adjusting some of the slack out of the throttle cables at the right controls? I assume that's what you've been doing so forgive my ignorance!
You can put the bike on the centerstand and in neutral see if the rear wheel spins freely, then one of you sit on the bike and force the front wheel off the ground and see if it spins freely.

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Both back wheels seem to turn the same - we tried it while we had them up
didn't think about the front ones - we weren't working up there except for cable lube etc.
I tried adjusting the cables up at the throttle - but didn't have much success - the 04 bike had it's cables pulled too tight causing idling probs etc. and they adjusted out fine -
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Well trekbiker, it sounds like your just about ready to graduate from the spring session of the School of Wrenching. That sure makes it sweet to have two virtually identical bikes to compare, when something goes wrong with one of them.

I`ve driven cars and trucks with small block Chevy`s, for most of my life, and it was a blessing when servicing one of them, to be able to go compare with another in the yard to get them running again.

Enjoy the forum and the open road.


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