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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2014, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking for information before returning to my local HD dealer for the 4th time to get my cruise control fixed. My cruise will not set at random times. My dealer's first fix was a pinched wire inside the fairing. That fix lasted 15 miles and I was back to the same symptom. The next fix was a cleaning of all the switches and rechecking the wiring. That fix lasted less than a day. The last attempt was to replace the cruise switch. I do not have the paperwork yet to know what exactly was replaced, but that fix lasted a half hour.

As I was riding home from the switch replacement, with the cruise working, I thought I felt a slight resistance in the throttle. It was very minor. Well, the cruise stopped working 5 miles later after a stop light. That prompted new appointment next week to get the cruise fixed. Luckily, I have the ESP plan so my cost has been $25.00.

Today, Sunday, I went for an early morning cruise. I was successful in setting the cruise on the first try. I had set it at 60mph. About 20 seconds later, I look down at the GPS and I see 62, then 63 and finally 64mph. The throttle had stuck in the last position my hand had left it. Now the throttle is even more sticky on every twist.

So, my question is, could a replacement of a cruise control switch caused this problem? I had zero symptoms of this before the dealer replaced a cruise switch.

I like the guys at the LOCAL HD dealer, but between this cruise problem and my wheel weight flying off the front wheel at 70 mph from their front tire install a week earlier, I am thinking about never returning after this fix is complete. Thanks in advance for any info that will help me decide if the dealer's explanation is fact or crap when I return for the next repair.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2014, 03:41 PM
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First check the throttle grip if it is pushed in too far, if it is the throttle will be sticky. You would need to loosen the switch housings and pull the throttle and switch housing out a little to fix that problem.
Many times when setting the cruise the speed will increase just a few MPH and level off and hold steady if this is the case and your cruise stays on then everything is working good.
If the cruise sets and then disconnects then there could be a few issues to check.
Check your brake lights, if the lights come on at all while riding the cruise will disengage. If this is the case the front or back brake light switch would be the problem.
The clutch safety switch in the left switch housing could be the problem. If the clutch safety switch is engaged at all while the cruise is set the cruise will disengage.


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Do you have after-market bars or grips installed? My throttle was sticking on my '12 RG, I have Wild 1 Chubby bars and Avon grips. The problem didn't start until several months after the install. Grinding out a little of the grip cured the issue and it's good as new now.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2014, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have the standard grips. It sounds the culprit because I "cruised" the last 10miles home without the cruise on, or my hand on the throttle. Will give it a try tomorrow. Thanks.

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Harleygoodies floorboard extenders
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