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    Handlebars hard to turn

    Hi guys,

    Since last summer, I thought the handlebars on my GP1800R were hard to turn but I couldnít tell if it was just me since I had nothing to compare them to and I sort of just got used to the feel. A couple days ago I met someone with an identical ski and the handlebars on it were smooth as butter. I had the rear part of the pump off for a rear exhaust project and noticed there is water coming out the sleeve from the steering cable when I turn the handlebars. The resistance is still there even with the steering nozzle disconnected. Is it normal for water to infiltrate the sleeve for the steering cable?

    Any other ideas?


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    Bump. Anyone?

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    since you have unhooked the nozzle and it still steers hard next un hook the cable where it connects to the handlebars, if the handlebars turn freely then the cable is the problem and needs replacement. if the bars turn hard with the cable un hooked look for some binding in the handlebar steering shaft. more than likely the cable is the problem. Tommy Jordan


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2fast4u View Post
    since you have unhooked the nozzle and it still steers hard next un hook the cable where it connects to the handlebars, if the handlebars turn freely then the cable is the problem and needs replacement. if the bars turn hard with the cable un hooked look for some binding in the handlebar steering shaft. more than likely the cable is the problem. Tommy Jordan
    Thanks man. Iíll give that a shot.

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    Cable should be covered by warranty if out of warranty once the cable has had water inside it will fail, might as well replace while you have it apart

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDAV View Post
    Cable should be covered by warranty if out of warranty once the cable has had water inside it will fail, might as well replace while you have it apart
    I would assume thatís the issue since water is dripping from the cableís sleeve at the pump end. I will let the dealer deal with it since itís still under warranty.

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    Its probably the bolted clamp holding everything together at the column. Mine was like that. A little hard to turn, and would stay wherever I left it.

    I loosened bolt #12 and that loosened everything up, then i tightened the bolt back up. Don't let it get too loose.
    https://www.babbittsonline.com/oempa...5f4/steering-2

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