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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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'08 V-Star 1100 Custom Newbie Questions

Hello everyone! Just recently picked up my 2008 V-Star 1100 and there were a few questions I had that you might be able to help me with.

1) It looks like a Baron forward controls extension kit has been installed on the bike. I know they are popular but I would like to remove it and return the bike to stock. Is there anything I should know before I do? I've attached a photo of what I'm dealing with. It looks like it's just a matter of removing the control rod extensions and the peg "extensions bar"

2) The bike is missing one of it's throttle cables. Specifically, the bottom return cable. Is there any legitimate reason someone would do this, or was the previous owner just living on the edge? There is a definite stick when the throttle tries to snap back into resting position but it isn't unridable at the moment.

Thanks so much in advance for you time!
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if you have all the parts just swap out the extensions. lot of guy remove the push cable it should not cause any hangup.he may have routed it incorrectly, check all the connection points.

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if you have all the parts just swap out the extensions. lot of guy remove the push cable it should not cause any hangup.he may have routed it incorrectly, check all the connection points.
I can understand the reasoning for the extensions but why would anyone want to remove one of the throttle cables?

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to do away with the cable.cleans up the look,if going to higher bars it's one less cable to buy. for many years bikes had only the pull cable, there is a kill button on the bar next to your right thumb if the throttle cable breaks and the engine races out of control.

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Ahhh, that makes sense. Never thought of that but typical biker thinking....give up safety for coolness...hehehe

Edit: MMmm, on second thought; if I remove the push(?) cable, then that would also act as a cruise control, is that correct? If so, may be something to think about. Cheaper than aftermarket units.

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Actually if you think about it a little more, you realize that having 2 cables doubles the chances of having a cable break or fray and bind as well. Anyone that has riding experience should know where the kill switch is if there is an issue, at least I would certainly hope so.

I don't know how you think it could act as a cruise control unless you removed the throttle return spring from the carb. With one cable there is less resistance so it actually closes easier....and takes a bit more pressure to keep the throttle open.

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Thanks for the insight guys! I'll probably just either lube the existing throttle cable or replace it outright then.

As for using it as a cruise control? If it could be made to stick consistently I could see that. "It's not a problem, it's a feature!"

It looks like I'll have to pick up OEM shift and brake linkages. The existing ones are unusable in the stock position. On top of that, the brake linkage is really bent out of shape right now. It looks like the previous owner either liked to back it in or lock up the rear on the regular.
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