Oil Change & Throttle adjust

I was looking through the manual last night on how to adjust my throttle and was a little confused. It said first adjust one cable then the other. It was also talking about one cable pulling and the other pushing. Can/will both cables be out of alignment equal amounts?? If not, how can one determine which cable needs adjustment?? I am really nervous to play w/ it. Any suggestions?? Also, how many of you guys replace the brass (i think thats what they are) washers on the oil drain bolts and the O-ring on the oil filter cap each time you change the oil? Or do you just inspect them?

Thanks in advance,

Sparky

For the throttle cable, I was able to get all of the adjustment that I've needed so far from the adjuster which has the bolt pattern on it (to accept a wrench). Maybe this will work for you too if you don't have a lot of adjusting to do?

As for the washers and o-rings, I've just inspected and reused them, no problems yet. Be sure that you use a good torque wrench!!

Sparky

Nervous, yes, always nervous on first time with anything new :) . Don’t worry just jump in.

Adjustment procedure,

1. You should remove all free play from throttle.

2. Remove black cover.

3. Loosen both cable lock nuts, back off nuts.

4. Twist throttle, checking which cable is push & pull, for your reference.

5. Adjust cable proportionally, one cable might require more than the other. Note to adjust the cable w/o the end that a wrench can be applied to, back off the lock nut, push the cable (with hand) backwards, this will expose the second nut that locks into the metal arm, adjust this nut a little.

6. After cables adjusted, do not put cover on yet, start bike up, idle, turn handlebars left and right, your checking to make sure the cables are not to tight, if to tight, the idle will rise as if the throttle is being turned.

7. Install cover plate.

8. No throttle play = instant throttle response.

9. No problems just do it.

Rmarion

Sparky

Nervous, yes, always nervous on first time with anything new :) . Don’t worry just jump in.

Adjustment procedure,

1. You should remove all free play from throttle.

2. Remove black cover.

3. Loosen both cable lock nuts, back off nuts.

4. Twist throttle, checking which cable is push & pull, for your reference.

5. Adjust cable proportionally, one cable might require more than the other. Note to adjust the cable w/o the end that a wrench can be applied to, back off the lock nut, push the cable (with hand) backwards, this will expose the second nut that locks into the metal arm, adjust this nut a little.

6. After cables adjusted, do not put cover on yet, start bike up, idle, turn handlebars left and right, your checking to make sure the cables are not to tight, if to tight, the idle will rise as if the throttle is being turned.

7. Install cover plate.

8. No throttle play = instant throttle response.

9. No problems just do it.

Rmarion

Sparky

Nervous, yes, always nervous on first time with anything new :) . Don’t worry just jump in.

Adjustment procedure,

1. You should remove all free play from throttle.

2. Remove black cover.

3. Loosen both cable lock nuts, back off nuts.

4. Twist throttle, checking which cable is push & pull, for your reference.

5. Adjust cable proportionally, one cable might require more than the other. Note to adjust the cable w/o the end that a wrench can be applied to, back off the lock nut, push the cable (with hand) backwards, this will expose the second nut that locks into the metal arm, adjust this nut a little.

6. After cables adjusted, do not put cover on yet, start bike up, idle, turn handlebars left and right, your checking to make sure the cables are not to tight, if to tight, the idle will rise as if the throttle is being turned.

7. Install cover plate.

8. No throttle play = instant throttle response.

9. No problems just do it.

Rmarion

Rmarion has the procedure down. I personally dont go with the zero play deal though. There are places where your going to want to coast through rough little stuff and unless your holding the clutch, the slightest bobble will blip the throttle, and probably spin the tire. Its definitely a personal preference thing.

I also want just the smallest amount of throttle free play for the very reason Shawn relates too. Also, when adjusting the cables, it's a good idea to try and have them adjusted so that the adjusters are about equally in distance from the pulley. Just take a visual measurement from the side with the cover off and look for about the same length of cable exposed on both cables. I think the '00 model had excessive cable wear on the top cable if the free length was too short. It was making a slight turn onto the pulley and rubbing the edge. Some guys were adjusting the throttle with the top cable having a little more free length to compensate.

[ March 02, 2002: Message edited by: Boit ]

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