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Arrow Sloppy Throttle Feel

Hi Guys, Its been a while since I posted a question here...

I have a sloppy throttle. I have adjusted the two cables so that there is minimal play, however the issue seems to be the clearance (too Much) between the handle bar and the throttle sleeve under the throttle grip. Does anyone here have the same issue and or if not have any ideas short of packing that clearance space full of high temp axle grease?

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How did this happen? Out of the blue? After making changes?

Have you changed anything recently with the carb, cables or throttle grip?

(Oh, BTW, don't create multiple threads for the same issue.)

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i do wrap a bit of electrical tape on the handlebar (clean it real well first) then grease all over it. might stick a little but I prefer it that way.
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I have adjusted the two cables so that there is minimal play,
You don't want to be adjusting both cables to reduce play. Adjust the throttle cable so that the throttle plate (just) fully opens, then adjust the idle cable only to remove 'play'. You wont be able to remove it all: you need to make sure that the throttle snaps closed, with the bars in any position, in particular check with the forks in full lock in both directions.

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In any case, as you say, your issue here is sideways play, not rotational play.

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the issue seems to be the clearance (too Much) between the handle bar and the throttle sleeve under the throttle grip.
You can move the switch housing (and the brake lever perch) inboard slightly to reduce the sideways play in the grip. Don't overdo it; too much play is better than not enough. The grip must still rotate freely. You don't want the inside of the grip rubbing on the end of the bar.
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The electrical tape idea with some grease sounds like that would work for me. Yes I have aftermarket hand grips installed, but these have been on for a while now (3 years). I bought a BMW recently and now I notice how sloppy my throttle is. How about that? Lol..

Thanks for the responses guys! its nice to know I can come here and get some feed back on the Sportster. Its very appreciated.
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