Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
Odd Cruise Control Shut-off Behavior
I have encountered some unusual cruise control shut-off behavior that I hope someone can help me with. I have a 2012 XCT. Prior to this adventure, the cruise control shut-off worked very well.
I put on the 2" pullback bars just prior to a 1500 mile trip to southern WV. Everything on the bike is good except that after the bar change the cruise control will not shut off when I push the throttle grip closed.
When installing the new bars, I loosened the throttle and idle cable adjusters to allow me to remove the cable ends from the throttle grip. Unfortunately, I neglected to note the original positions of the cable adjustment nuts prior to loosening them. I also had to remove the cable tie on the neck of the bike that holds the throttle and idle cables (and a third cable or wire) to gain the slack needed in the throttle and idle cables to allow the installation of the +2" pullback bars.
After reinstalling these cables, I tried to follow the service manual instructions for adjusting the throttle free play (2-4 mm) and the cryptic instructions for the idle cable adjustment ("Turn throttle closing cable adjuster out until you feel slight resistance at the adjuster.") As buried amidst other wires as the idle cable adjuster is, there is no way I could detect any "resistance".
Anyway, after reinstallation, pushing the throttle grip closed would not shut off the cruise control. Tapping either brake still shut it off. Last night I examined these cables in the right switchbox housing. The idle cable was very loose. When the throttle was rolled on, there was significant slack in the idle cable inside the switchbox.
To elminate this slack I had to move the idle cable adjuster nut way out - like 1/2 inch of threads showing. If I go about 1 turn more on this nut, the throttle grip binds and will not snap closed when you let go. By the way, the throttle cable adjuster nut is only about 2 turns open and I don't even have the 2-4 mm of freeplay. At most I have about 1 mm.
With the above new settings on the throttle/idle adjuster nuts, the cruise wil shut off but it does not have that nice "pop" that you could feel previously when closing the throttle would shut off the cruise. It feels like I really have to close the throttle too firmly to shut off the cruise.
Any help to fix this problem would be appreciated. Thanks. Sorry if this explanation is long-winded. Tis my nature to be verbose.
p.s. Sorry, should have added that I checked the cruise release cable and it is properly seated in the bracket behind the right hand side cheese wedge.
Last edited by Vinish; 07-20-2015 at 09:39 AM.