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post #1 of 5 Old 11-13-2019, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Need just the throttle tube for a Gen 1

I recently bought heated grips and discovered that the my '01 KLR's throttle tube is cracked. Need to replace it before I can install the grips. However, finding a replacement has turned out to be a challenge. I can't seem to find it anywhere (can only find tubes for Gen 2), unless I'm willing to spend about $30 for an entire OEM grip assembly. That would be silly because all I want is the tube, which would probably run about $7 by itself.

I probably would have gone with heated gloves rather than grips if I'd known this was going to be such a pain. Anyway--where can I find a replacement tube?

Another concern about the heated grips: when I dry-fitted the right grip to the existing throttle tube (just to be sure it fits), I found that the throttle didn't snap back as quickly when I let go of it. I think the grip is grabbing the tube so tightly that the tube, in turn, is dragging on the bar a little bit. Am I safe to assume this problem will go away when I replace the cracked tube?

Edit: These are Oxford Premium Heaterz in the touring style.

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I have never held the two in my hand to really look at what might be different, but I can't help but wonder if the only difference between a Gen 2 tube and a Gen 1 tube/reel is that the Gen 1 had a separate reel so that they could use the tube on a variety of machines and fit reels to suit.

You could buy a Gen 2 Motion Pro and find out...
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-14-2019, 08:12 PM
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I recently bought heated grips and discovered that the my '01 KLR's throttle tube is cracked. Need to replace it before I can install the grips. However, finding a replacement has turned out to be a challenge. I can't seem to find it anywhere (can only find tubes for Gen 2), unless I'm willing to spend about $30 for an entire OEM grip assembly. That would be silly because all I want is the tube, which would probably run about $7 by itself.

I probably would have gone with heated gloves rather than grips if I'd known this was going to be such a pain. Anyway--where can I find a replacement tube?

Another concern about the heated grips: when I dry-fitted the right grip to the existing throttle tube (just to be sure it fits), I found that the throttle didn't snap back as quickly when I let go of it. I think the grip is grabbing the tube so tightly that the tube, in turn, is dragging on the bar a little bit. Am I safe to assume this problem will go away when I replace the cracked tube?

Edit: These are Oxford Premium Heaterz in the touring style.
It's a good bet that the problem will go away with a new tube.

If it were an emergency roadside repair, I'd say duct tape it and ride on. That's why there's 2 throttle cables - so if something gets stuck you can force the throttle closed if it doesn't want to snap back. But, if you're looking for a permanent like-new repair, I think it'd be worth the $30 to just replace it with oem. Honestly you might even want to replace it with a gen 2 assy since those are much more readily available.

I get paid $15/hr. If I'm looking for something that costs $30, I'll stop looking after 2 hours. Buy the part - you'll feel much better than if you tried to jury rig something and have to always wonder if it'll fail today, tomorrow, etc.
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I recently bought heated grips and discovered that the my '01 KLR's throttle tube is cracked. Need to replace it before I can install the grips. However, finding a replacement has turned out to be a challenge. I can't seem to find it anywhere (can only find tubes for Gen 2), unless I'm willing to spend about $30 for an entire OEM grip assembly. That would be silly because all I want is the tube, which would probably run about $7 by itself.

I probably would have gone with heated gloves rather than grips if I'd known this was going to be such a pain. Anyway--where can I find a replacement tube?

Another concern about the heated grips: when I dry-fitted the right grip to the existing throttle tube (just to be sure it fits), I found that the throttle didn't snap back as quickly when I let go of it. I think the grip is grabbing the tube so tightly that the tube, in turn, is dragging on the bar a little bit. Am I safe to assume this problem will go away when I replace the cracked tube?

Edit: These are Oxford Premium Heaterz in the touring style.
I used the Google Custom Search on the right, to find an earlier thread, https://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-w...ttle-tube.html


Check these out, https://www.g2ergo.com/shop/?product...l=klr650-87-07
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-19-2019, 05:12 AM
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The throttle tube comes from the factory with the stock grip fused onto it. You just have to buy the whole assembly and scrape the grip off. unless you can find an aftermarket throttle tube.

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