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Lube yer cables

I have just under 10K miles and was removing some handguards and decided that my throttle operation felt slightly less than ideal, so I lubed the throttle cables and clutch cable. I actually didn't realize how much they needed lubing until I lubed them. They felt great today! It felt like the bike ran better all around, just like it does after you wash it!

Seriously though, lube those cables for safe and smooth operation.

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Any easy tutorial for quick access to the cables? I tried figuring out the clutch cable with no success. I'd really like to learn how to do this. I have Barkbuster hand guards, will they have to be off for this?

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i can detach the clutch cable all right but for the life of me i cant seem to be able to reach the throttle cable without opening up the housing. Or is that the only way?

Sykes, i do not have handguards So i dont know if it needed to be off or not, but to free the clutch cable, you have to turn the adjustment screw near the lever, all the way in. Make sure both the opening line on the screw and the retention ring aligned.This way, you allow all the slack in the cable for you to jiggle it around and pull it off the lever. Good luck.

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Any easy tutorial for quick access to the cables? I tried figuring out the clutch cable with no success. I'd really like to learn how to do this. I have Barkbuster hand guards, will they have to be off for this?

No need to take off the hand guards. I going to make a video tomorrow on how i lube my clutch cable. It super easy and quick. I'll post it up then.

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No need to take off the hand guards. I going to make a video tomorrow on how i lube my clutch cable. It super easy and quick. I'll post it up then.
Awesome!
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Yea my neighbors will think i'm crazy. I'll be doing it with my helmet on so i can use the camera mounted to it.

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Throttle cables can be lubed from the bottom. Loosen the cables using the thumbwheel at the grip then using some needle nose pliers remove the cables from the throttle body assembly. Attach your cable lubing tool and keep pumping lube until you see some spray at the handgrip. Then do the other cable. It's a good time to check the condition of the cables when doing this, especially the barrel ends.
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Yea my neighbors will think i'm crazy. I'll be doing it with my helmet on so i can use the camera mounted to it.
Thank you Mr. Weljo! If your neighbor comes out film him! LOL

The lube from the factory on all the cables and hinges is a heavy solid lube. Not a liquid. I always wondered what is best so I use both.





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Clutch cable is easy. I lube it every time I do the chain.



1.) Rotate the above adjustment nut so the notch that is cut into it is facing up.
2.) Put a towel or rag under this nut to catch any spillage.
3.) Put several drops of 3-in-1 oil into the channel while working the clutch.
4.) Work the clutch several times.
5.) That's it.


I anxiously await Weljo's video so I can do the same with my throttle cable.


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Yea my neighbors will think i'm crazy. I'll be doing it with my helmet on so i can use the camera mounted to it.
Lol. Kinda want to see a video of people watching you shoot your video. For sh*ts and giggles you should do it in full kit and maybe sling a chainsaw over your shoulder.


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Heres the video..http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=26818

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You might find that he owner's manual has some really nice suggestions on maintaining your motorcycle. Worth a read.

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You might find that he owner's manual has some really nice suggestions on maintaining your motorcycle. Worth a read.
+1 (note to self...maybe worth it to read again for updated reminders)

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