1150gs bowden box

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by mischief, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. mischief

    mischief misadventurer

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    I have a squeak coming from the box itself. I'm thinking it's getting close to mid life. Has anyone just drilled a little hole in it and squirted some lubricant in it?
    It looks to me like all three cables angle down into it so it shouldn't get too much on the liners. Is there any other way to fix it without replacing it?
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  2. BluByU

    BluByU Been here awhile

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    Well you could always remove it from the bike, disassemble, clean and if it suits you lube the wheel.
    Really not too hard, just don't lube the cables. For some reason that seems to shorten their lives. Something about the coating on the cable housings.
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  3. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    Aittle olive oil worked for me. But that was in a pinch after week of dust and dirt.
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  4. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    remove and dissassemble and clean.
    dirt and dust will get in there and gum up with the lube you put in
    its fiddaly for sure, but comes out thru the right side of the frame, there is a specific slot for it to come out / go back in
    just fiddally with the cables from the TB and the bars.
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  5. mischief

    mischief misadventurer

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    Is there a tutorial somewhere as to how to remove it? I had thought I had to pull the abs unit to get at it
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  6. avejoe

    avejoe Been here awhile

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    The ABS does not have to be removed.
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  7. mischief

    mischief misadventurer

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    Thanks guys, I found this utube vid
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  8. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    A few years back when i fitted new throttle cables i pulled the bowden box out and gave it a clean. A wise head on one of these forums, can't remember who, advised strongly against lubing the pivot with oil or grease but rather a dry lube such as a graphite powder or spray on dry graphite. The rationale was as hay ewe pointed out the area is too exposed to dust and grime and will catch it soon.:*sip*
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  9. mischief

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    Yeah, I was thinking of using some graphite powder in a tube that I have for locks, but it prolly wouldn't get into the right place anyway
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  10. Paddle007

    Paddle007 Gun Toting Vegetarian.

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    I have become a fan of WD-40 Specialist Dry Lube. Its my go too lube when I have concerns of dust and dirt. Gets good reviews on protecting things that go boom.
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  11. mischief

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    The guy in the video used a silicone spray
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  12. BluByU

    BluByU Been here awhile

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    Ya Ok lubing it seems like a bad idea, maybe dry graphite is the best for this job.
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  13. Steptoe

    Steptoe steptoe

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    I've had the pulley wheel in the box seized onto the stud on two customers bikes , so i'd recommend any lube is better than no lube.

    They were both running but with very very stiff throttles, the pulley wasn't turning but the stud was turning in the box.
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