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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Wild 1 517 Chubbies, throttle issue

Just installed the 517's and I love the comfort of the increased pullback. However I have a problem with the throttle/handgrip sticking. I have the Avon air cushion handgrips and the right grip fits tight n the bars. Sticks in position, feels like the poor man's cruise control on my old Road King. I tried some grease on the bar and hand grip but it is still sticking. I am on a week trip now and it is certainly annoying. I will try some additional grease, if that does not work it is either sand the bar or try different grips. I am thinking that the chrome on the 517's is making the bar just enough thicker tha the grip is sticking.

I guess the good thing is the with the TBW the removal of the grip is a five minute job.

Anyone else have this problem?
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Just installed the 517's and I love the comfort of the increased pullback. However I have a problem with the throttle/handgrip sticking. I have the Avon air cushion handgrips and the right grip fits tight n the bars. Sticks in position, feels like the poor man's cruise control on my old Road King. I tried some grease on the bar and hand grip but it is still sticking. I am on a week trip now and it is certainly annoying. I will try some additional grease, if that does not work it is either sand the bar or try different grips. I am thinking that the chrome on the 517's is making the bar just enough thicker tha the grip is sticking.

I guess the good thing is the with the TBW the removal of the grip is a five minute job.

Anyone else have this problem?

I don't have the problem, but suggest you call Wild 1. If you put grease and then it collects dirt you may find one day that the throttle sticks and the wrong time and THAT could be bad. Also check to make sure the grip is not sticking somewhere in the housing. Just a few thoughts...

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before adding grease, or sanding the bar down, try loosening the switch housing assembly and moving it outwards a smidge (very technical term ). if you have it too far inward, you'll get the same sticking feeling.....

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In my case the grip actually sticks even before it is all the way onto the handlebar. I first tried brake grease when I was at home. This morning I bought some silicon spray lubricant, took off the hand grip, cleaned off the brake grease and used the silicon. It still binds even before the grip is all the on, so the problem is the the fit of the grip is too tight. I guess I could call wild 1 tomorrow morning. But it sure would be nice to have it fixed for the next week of riding. We put 350 miles on yesterday and about 300 today. The binding is kind of annoying and makes is harder to ride smoothly.
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Replace the grip. The grip should slip on easily and not bind.

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I have to say the grips were fine on the stock handlebars, no problems at all. It is only with the 517's that the are binding. I gues I could grab a different set of grips tomorrow at a shop and try them, but that could be an expensive test if they also fit too tight.
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Just installed the 517's and I love the comfort of the increased pullback. However I have a problem with the throttle/handgrip sticking. I have the Avon air cushion handgrips and the right grip fits tight n the bars. Sticks in position, feels like the poor man's cruise control on my old Road King. I tried some grease on the bar and hand grip but it is still sticking. I am on a week trip now and it is certainly annoying. I will try some additional grease, if that does not work it is either sand the bar or try different grips. I am thinking that the chrome on the 517's is making the bar just enough thicker tha the grip is sticking.

I guess the good thing is the with the TBW the removal of the grip is a five minute job.

Anyone else have this problem?
I had exact same issue with my Avon grips. Damn things wouldn't slide onto bar. I ended up sanding the inside of grip and finally got them on. It's not the bar. My stock grips slid right on but not the avons. I was a little disappointed to say the least. :-).


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Just curious, how did you sand the inside of the grip?
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Some sandpaper on a BBQ skewer is how I did it one time, best would be a 1" round dow rod with a little sandpaper on it that would probably work pretty well

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So I stopped at Wildcat Harley in London KY this morning and asked them if they had a stock grip takeoff. They were great and said sure and gave me one. Tried it and it spins freely on the handlebar. So the problem is the Avon grip. The tech guys at Wildcat said I could probably try another Avon grip and it might work, but today I just rode with the stick grip. What a difference it makes not to have it binding.

I went to the store and bought 220 and 400 grit sandpaper, used a screwdriver handle and a hairbrush handle wrapped with the 400 and then the 220 sandpaper but could not get enough sanded off to make the grip turn freely. I may try a courser sandpaper tomorrow.

I am thinking that Avon should state that their grip don't always work with non-stock handlebars.
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