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Replacing throttle, OEM cable necessary?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Eli Chabot, Jun 26, 2022.

  1. Eli Chabot

    Eli Chabot XS400 New Member

    New to the forum and am unaware of the format, so I apologize in advance for anything being confusing.
    I need to buy a new throttle cable for my maxim as the elbow joint is cracked a little and does not do a great job of holding the cable/cable housing in place. I was wondering if I could just buy a cable, off amazon or something, similar in length (~44") and do away with the elbow thing entirely.
    I know the cable to cable housing ratio matters. Im hoping one of you would have done a throttle/cable swap and have some advice.
    I should mention that this throttle will be going onto clip-on bars which is the reason i was hoping id be able to shorten it up. Anyways, thank you for reading, hope it all makes sense. Anything helps, Im trying to have this done ASAP so quick help is appreciated.
  2. tstidham

    tstidham XS400 Addict

    I can't offer much advice other than I've watched plenty of youtube videos where guys do custom cables on a few different manufactures models. So it can be done. On mine, with the original cable, someone in the past had rerouted the cable wrong, the housing was tight and I could increase the throttle by turning the handlebars to the right. After rerouting it all is well now, but it seems slightly long on the cable housing would be better than shorter.

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