Levi’s Tips: How to Maintain the Throttle Cables on Your Dirt Bike

    August 23, 2016

Throttles cables are one of those things that can be overlooked when maintaining your dirt bike, but they shouldn’t be!

Cleaning and lubing them on a regular basis will prevent the cable from fraying and snapping, ensure a smooth throttle action lowering the chances of arm pump, and help you avoid an accident caused by a jammed throttle.

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How to Clean and Lube Your Throttle Cables

1. Start off by removing the throttle tube assembly from the handle bars by loosening the clamps.

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2. Next, open the throttle tube assembly and remove any dust or grime that has accumulated.

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3. Apply a cable lube like Loctite® Gear, Chain and Cable Lubricant into the throttle tube assembly. Loctite’s cable lube is great because it’s a silicone lubricant. Dirt and grime won’t stick to a silicone lubricant like it will with other kinds of lubricants.

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4. Pump the cable up and down to allow the product to work its way down into the throttle cable.

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5. Reassemble and tighten clamp to complete.

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And that’s it! It’s a simple job that can help extend the life and improve the performance of your throttle cables. Don’t forget it!

Over to You

Got any dirt bike or snowmobile maintenance questions you’d like me to answer? Let me know in the comments and I’ll pick out some of my favorites to answer in the future!

About the Author, Levi LaVallee

Levi started riding snowmobiles at the young age of eight and from the start, he was hooked and wanted to give racing a try. After placing 2nd in his first snowmobile race, Levi has continued to succeed in racing and worked his way up to the Pro Class in 2003. With the desire to win and the need for speed, after multiple snocross podiums and wins, Levi had the opportunity to try snowmobile freestyle. With the tricks coming naturally, Levi was able to win his first freestyle competition he entered (with only a month of practice) and was awarded an invite to compete in Freestyle, Speed & Style and Snocross in the 2008 Winter X Games (the most disciplines any snowmobile athlete had ever competed in). Since then, Levi has continued to compete in all Snowmobile disciplines in the Winter X Games. He has earned himself a total of 10 Winter X Games medals (7 of which are gold), a snocross Championship Title, the first athlete to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile and holds the current world record for longest snowmobile distance jump of 412ft (2011 Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. live on ESPN). If being a racer and a freestyle rider wasn’t enough, Levi embarked upon a new opportunity of Team Owner, Team LaVallee in 2009. The future? It is unknown, but one this is certain- Levi has the determination and the desire to continue pushing the limits and elevating the sport of snowmobiling.

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3 responses to “Levi’s Tips: How to Maintain the Throttle Cables on Your Dirt Bike”

  1. Mark says:

    When I rode and worked on my bikes (a long time ago), there was a nice tool used for specifically this purpose. It was a small rubber clamp device that incorporated a small hole to insert the lubricant straw/tip and then inject the lubricant with pressure all the way thru the cable. No need to pump the cable back and forth, and you were insured the lubricant got all the way through the entire cable.

  2. LEvi says:

    Hello Mark.

    The cable lubing tool that you referred to does work well. If you have access to one, they can help the cable lubing process.
    thanks for the tip.

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