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Old 09-30-2004, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently lowered the handlebars on my t-bird. It seems now the Throttle cable is too long. When I turn the bars full lock to the right the engine revs up. It does not do it when turning to the left.

Are motorcycle cable houseings similar to bicycle cable housings. I used to work as a mechanic at a bicycle shop. We could shorten cables by taking the ferrel off the end and cutting down the housing then replacing the ferrel.
Is that what I would do here, or do I need to buy a new cable?

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Old 10-01-2004, 02:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You might be able to shorten it, by cutting the inner and outer down and fitting a new solder nipple, or even a screw nipple.

Another option is to re-route the cable, maybe around the left of the headstock.

Or you could source a shorter cable. My Kawasaki's throttle cable is identical to the T-bird one, except a lot shorter. It's a 91 ZR750
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Old 10-01-2004, 08:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi, in my experience, a too short cable should cause the condition you describe, not one that is too long. It sounds like your cable is binding somewhere. Check that out and re-route it if necesary before you replace anything. Let the excess stick up above the tank in a gentle loop; don't try to "tuck" it out of sight. Tight looping of cables will bind them. Then, if it works right, you can consider whether you do or don't like the look of it.


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Old 10-01-2004, 10:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks. It looks like I may have a rainy weekend next weekend to re-route the cable and do some other minor adjustments to my bike.

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