Changing my grips..not going well

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by ickster, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. ickster

    ickster Member

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    My new '08 Sporty has the nice Willie G grips. The throttle rt side was missing the tip and then yesterday started sliding off. So I get a new set and the install is going great. Looking easy. Got one cable attached and then BAM I drop the little keeper ring that goes on the end of the other cable. Story of my life. Wait...it gets better. I cannot find it anywhere. My 2 car garage is fairly clean but I can't find it anywhere. I swept my floor like five times! So I take my compressor and give my bike a few easy blasts in case it's fallen between some wires or something. A little shot around the throttle, then uh-oh! A little flat curved plastic piece pops out of the open throttle. This is from in where the switches are. It is flat, about a half inch long with a curve and about a quarter inch across and about an eighth thick (all approx) it had a little grease on it. I have no idea how it sat in there! I do have the HD repair manual but just don't see it in the pics of course. Can anyone tell me where this piece goes? And where the keeper piece went on my garage floor?

    It was going so well.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The curved piece you mention is the pad that gives you the throttle lock function under the bar grip. It sits in there on top of the screw where you tighten it to hold the throttle open. (poor mans cruise control):D

    The barrel for the end of the cable, you'll find that in about 6 weeks when you least expect it. Best to put an old piece of carpet under the bike when doing things like that with small parts so if it drops (which it will) it won't bounce and roll to far.

    Look inside the switch housing for the barrel.:s
     
  3. Dswartz

    Dswartz Active Member

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    Was the piece you lost the brass ferule that hooks onto the end of the cable? If so you can purchase another from Harley if you cant find that one.
     
  4. lorne

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    sounds like my luck....suggest looking between the cushions on the couch or under the tea pot warmer.
     
  5. ickster

    ickster Member

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    Thanks! ROFL! I'm headed ti HD to get a new ferrule .
     
  6. AFRetired

    AFRetired Member

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    Get two.... or three. Just in case!! :newsmile057:
     
  7. ickster

    ickster Member

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    Thanks guys! Got 'er under control! The plastic piece was indeed from the "poor man cruise control" knob. Thanks Glider. Parts guy recommended I just leave it out, so I did. The grip went on no problem! Never did find the ferrule!
     
  8. Dr.Evil

    Dr.Evil Junior Member

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    I dropped one of those two weeks ago when I changed my grips and it took me 20minutes to find it, 4' away from the bike under some old roters. I feel your pain.
     
  9. Outtakes

    Outtakes Member

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    As soon as you buy new ones you will find the old one. Without even looking for it. :D
     
  10. FerrousBueller

    FerrousBueller Junior Member

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    I hope you're right! I've misplaced a pocket knife last week. I'm not as fond of the replacement bought Saturday.

    Cheers!!