Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Model: '06 GL1800
Yeah you do need to have the cable assembly "in hand" to get that little elbow free at the grip.
That mixer box is a bit of a 3-legged bell-crank where the 3-rd leg is allowed to "pull" only without interfering with your grip cable's operation... the idea is that the cable from your grip runs to the mixer box directly, and the solid-side of the belcrank connects to a short bugger of a cable that passes to the carb linkages. (one of the cables that you disconnected at the carbs). The 3rd cable input is from your cruise actuator and is limited to increasing tension on the that short carb-actuating cable. (This is similar to some of the older automotive "throttle" cable setups that would allow a thottle cable to pull-up for increased idle speed whilst still allowing the accellerator pedal to increase over that set idle value)
If you're thinking about replacing throttle cables, you will ned to have at that mixer box - not so much fun wedged into the corner between inner and main fairings like that. I'd offer insight, but I usually end up bleeding, and have only worked on one of the newer-style mixers ( I think?)
As far as your binding issue, I was suggesting that there may've been something a bit tweaked in the mixer and giving you a bind in your throttle motion (Since you'd disconected at the carb, and tugged through the mixer - loading the bellcrank without even knowing that it was still "in the loop").
Given that you can get the pull cable to run would kinda indicate that your issue is likely related to some other friction (push sied), or just simply trying to stretch the cables too tightly around the larger drum/longer cable path.
Do you have the in-line cable length adjuster fully collapsed? I didn't see any mention of collapsing the in-line adjuster (throttle cable -- should be within a few inches of that elbow ...)?