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Offline Doug_Wood_IL

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« on: September 15, 2009, 09:35:00 pm »
I am in the process of trying to decide which way to go on a "Cruise Control" for my recently purchased '98. To me the pro with going with a throttle lock such as the Throttlemeister is simplicity, but the Audiovox electronic cruise has more features such as resume, and is like having another toy to play with.     What are the opinions of all you fellow COGers out there?     TIA,    Doug Wood    
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2009, 10:02:00 pm »
Doug,    There is no comparison. A throttle lock is just that. No ability to maintain speed on any grades. The famous $4.00 Caterpillar O-Ring does the same thing.    For what you plan to spend on the Throttlemeister, you can get the Audiovox cruise control. Now having said that, the installation of the real cruise control is more involved, but well worth it.    The Throttlemeister is a fine product but not comparable in any way. HTH.  Larry Buck  COG 3451,SE-AD (Retired)Concourier C-10 Tech Editor ROK,MTF,IBA,MSF-RC  Buck Sport Touring-"Ride Far" www.bucksporttouring.com
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Offline Doug_Wood_IL

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2009, 11:12:00 pm »
I just found detailed instructions for the CCS-100 on the Murphskits site and just pretty much had decided on that solution too. You just helped me make up my mind. I'm gonna order a kit now and install it sometime in the next few weeks. The worst part will be having the bike down a day or two for the installation. lol    Thanks for the input Larry!    Doug Wood  
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 11:42:00 pm »
Oh, one thing....I just ordered the CCS-100 kit, and know that I need to also get a vac tank. What did you use for a vac tank on your installation? Looks like one is available, thats only about 3 1/2" dia by 3" long but with shipping its almost $40 which seems ridiculous.     Any ideas?    Thanks,  Doug  
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009, 02:36:00 pm »
Doug, my C10 came with an Audiovox CC already installed by PO, but he used some pvc pipe for a vac tank. Looks like about 2" pipe, about 4" long, with caps on each end. Painted flat black.     I didn't look closely to see how fittings are attached, but I imagine there are some instructions somewhere on the web.    Definitely cheaper than buying.  2005 Concours - "Vanessa"
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009, 11:20:00 pm »
Thanks for the info!    Doug  
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2009, 07:39:00 pm »
What do you want to use it for?     Speed control? or allowing your right hand/arm/wriest some comfort on long rides?  Ability to take a pic while riding?     I have the Audiovoxx cruise and more and more I think I use it to hold speed and try and not get tickets when going up and down I-5 with in our 60mph zones. Especially after installing that dang 7th gear unit.     Out on a long ride I can use it to give myself a break from constantly holding the throttle. Here I wonder if a simple throttle lock would be good enough. But dont really know since I dont have one.     For just quick and unsafe things like taking pictures while riding, which I would never do  ;), throttle lock should be fine.  2003 Concours, 56K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2009, 12:10:00 pm »
No, I don't take pics while riding, but would be using it to rest my right wrist as much as anything. It would be good to help save me from tickets of course too.    I should add that I got the kit in the mail yesterday and will be installing it before the next long ride. Gotta get the control panel mounting panel from Murphs and make a vac tank first though.    Thanks for the input guys!    Doug  
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2009, 11:20:00 pm »
Did you order the vac tank from Murph? His shipping is included.  
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2009, 11:27:00 am »
Well I'm almost done with the Cruise install. Anyone have trouble getting the throttle cable back on the carbs? I have fought it for about 3 hours with no luck. I'm getting a pair of longer reach pliers today and think that will do the trick, but would love to hear any tips or tricks to make the job easier.     I've had carbs off of a Suzuki GS500 and Yamaha XS1100 before, but this is the tighest area to work in I've run into so far.     TIA for any ideas!    Doug  
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2009, 04:24:00 pm »
Just finished installing one on my 2000 Connie this morning.  Yes, getting the throttle cable back into the carb quadrant was a PITA - and it wasn't until this morning I realized what the instructions meant regarding getting the loop on the right side of the nipple - so mine is on the left.  Works well, but I think I am going to change to the "low" sensitivity setting!    A long pair of hemostats or forceps might help - I need to add a pair to my toolkit!    P.S. I had a throttle lock - the cruise control is MUCH better!  
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2009, 04:42:00 pm »
So....do tell, how did you get the cable back on? I understand about getting the loop to go on the right side, although it took a long time to realize what the instructions were saying.     I'm at work today and even though my son got a couple pairs of 12" long reach pliers, he still can't seem to get it together. Without a miracle, I suspect I'll be spending another evening fighting this cable.    TIA    Doug  
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2009, 08:49:00 pm »
When I put the SISF jet kit in the carbs I installed the wire loop and chain.  Point being I took a look at that area, knew I was going to install the CCS-100 and said no way am I installing that loop with the carbs in the bike.   Pull the carbs off, install the CCS-100 linkage of your choice and save yourself some skin, time and grief..  If you follow the forum guidelines of re installation of the carbs to the T you will thank yourself and the forum.      I don't use no stinking hemostats.  LOL!!     I forgot to add that I will not be using the the rear coil stud and nut to attach the CC cable housing but will use part #18 in the kit (or zip ties) to mount the CC cable housing closer to the carb linkage.. I plan on cutting the cable off the the cable and loop leaving the loop ferrule and attaching the CC cable ferrule using part #2 in the kit.  A shorter reach with no kinks or dragging wire on the thermostat housing I think.  Hope this helps and gives you some ideas.            
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2009, 10:36:00 pm »
Ok, thanks for the ideas....but my sn and I using 4 hands finally got it together. I have run into a problem but will start a new thread for it.    Thanks a lot!    Doug  
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2009, 12:10:00 pm »
Hey all,    I successfully installed the CCS-100 this weekend after doing a valve adjustment too. The worst part of both jobs was about 5 hrs fighting the throttle cable trying to get it reinstalled. Now that I understand how it the cable has to be manipulated to get it to go back together I could do it a little faster next time, but its definitely a real PIA anyway you look at it. I'm glad its done and I can enjoy the interstate trips without wearing out my right hand and wrist. This should make the IBA 1000 mi/24hr goal much more doable next spring too. Just gotta get the seat tweaked and I'll be set to try.    Thanks for your help!    Doug  
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