Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand
I managed to reuse those 'special' clamps by closing them far enough that I could just slip them over the throttle body rubbers before assembly. Then it was simple to squeeze them closed with a pair of long nose pliers. They close with a distinct 'click' when you get it right and seem to have a simple 'barb' to ensure they stay closed.
To replace the breather hose, the throttle cables can be left attached and the whole unit swung up and away to gain access. This is helpful if you have cruise that has very sensitive adjustments. Simply use a bungy cord to keep the throttle bodies up and out of the way while you work beneath. I was als concerned about the crank case end of the breather as it is almost more awkward than the other end! But a pair of needle nose pliers and a little patience and it was no problem. 100000km and I am on my original breather and its still soft and has no signs of perishing. At least when it does go I will be quite happy going in there again. Clymer is a must have!
I also flicked the centre throttle return spring off its retaining pin, loosening up the throttle a bit following other posts on the matter. Worth doing. The whole exercise also helps us to understand what is down there as for years I looked at the area and, apart from a bit of a clean, was happy to leave well alone.
2002 K1200RS Owned from new. Pacific Blue of course. Suspended on Ohlins. 182,000kmís
2016 K1300R Black, 5070kmís
The family history
1951 AJS 500 single - my Dads
1916 Triumph Type H, Western front, France WW1 - my Grandads
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