how often do you replace throttle cables??

I just picked up a "low hour" 2002 yz426f. As I am doing som random maint I noticed the throttle cables are starting to fray near the carb. How many hours wears out cables?? Or better yet front wheel bearings how long should this stuff last? If you didn't figure already I 'm a bit new to the dirtbike wolrd.

As long as the cables are in good shape, keep them lubed, you shouldn't need to replace them, however, since your's are starting to fray apart, I would replace them. As for wheel bearings, or all bearings for that matter (wheels, steering stem, and linkage), as long as you keep them greased up, they should last, if you feel the need they should be replaced, replace them. I would go through and lube them really good though, even if it is a "low hour bike" he may not have, and from the Factory, they come with little to no grease.

Here are a couple good write ups for this:

http://www.transworldmotocross.com/mx/how_to/article/0,13190,1012822,00.html

http://www.transworldmotocross.com/mx/how_to/article/0,13190,663693,00.html

yep...if they are fraying near the carb (which is very common) get rid of them. When you get the new ones, make sure you align them on the wheel in the carb. You can do this by looking straight down the line of site where there cables go into and over the wheel....make sure they are straight and not binding before you tighten down the retaining nut.

BTW...the TT store has good pricing on cables ...bought mine for my YZF there

http://shop.thumpertalk.com/catalogs/Tucker_Rocky_Offroad_2006/default.asp?p=458

I noticed the throttle cables are starting to fray near the carb. How many hours wears out cables??

The return cable on the KTM I used to own was worn about half way through with 90hrs use, but the pull cable was fine. It's a good thing you checked the cables, keep an eye on those, very important!

yep...if they are fraying near the carb (which is very common) get rid of them. When you get the new ones, make sure you align them on the wheel in the carb. You can do this by looking straight down the line of site where there cables go into and over the wheel....make sure they are straight and not binding before you tighten down the retaining nut.

BTW...the TT store has good pricing on cables ...bought mine for my YZF there

http://shop.thumpertalk.com/catalogs/Tucker_Rocky_Offroad_2006/default.asp?p=458

Does that price include throttle and return cable IE 2 cables???

yes...that is both cables.

If you have a YZF prior to '03 you need to take a look at the cables. The cables on the pre '03 carbs were a little more prone to not having the cables aligned perfectly and they would fray over time. I remember a lot more post back then about frayed cables.

The newer carbs don't seem to have this problem as much, but it is always a good idea to lube and inspect the cables regularly. A stuck throttle because of a frayed cable can ruin you day, weekend, month or more.

I just replaced my cables earlier this year after seeing that they where frayed near the carb. I bought OEM cables, I figured they would last longer than a Motion Pro.

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