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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Cruise control adjustment?

When setting the cruise control on my 2003 1800, the speed will drop by 2-3 mph and then speed up to 1 mph above the speed selected. I know there must be a way to adjust this. Comments would be appreciated. Thanks,

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It is usually slack in the throttle cable

one of the adjustments is down the cable a bit from the bars.... there is a thread on here somewhere on how to make the adjustment

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Yes it can be adjusted and several here have done it themselves. Mine has a bit of a lag but I can't be bothered to adjust it. Maybe next air filter change I might...

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ADJUSTING THE CRUISE CONTROL ON THE GL1800. ELIMINATE THE IRRITATING ENGAGEMENT LAG. It is NOT necessary to remove the top shelter in order to adjust the cruise control lag as the Honda Service manual states. Nor is it necessary to unplug the key switch from its harness as some other web site instructions say to do.

METHOD 1.

If your going to fix the cruise control lag, there is no need to guess how many turns it needs to go. Once you get to where you can adjust the cable, start the bike, run it until the fast idle kicks off and you are at regular idle speed, turn the barrel nut out until there RPM's just start to increase, turn it back in to normal RPM's and your set. No guessing involved

METHOD 2.

1. Pop out the front speaker grills, and remove the hex bolt that retains the instrument cover from each side. The rear of the instrument cover is retained by rubber grommets, much like your engine covers. Just lift up and the panel will come off.

2. Remove the screw on the right side of the ign switch flange and loosen the left one.

3. Pull the plastic tunnel cover out from under the switch flange, bend it back out of the way and tie it off to your handlebar with a zip tie or whatever, threaded through the screw hole.

4. Now you can see the cables coming from the cruise control unit. You will be adjusting the one with the barrel adjuster in it. Forget the setting marks on the cruise control unit...they aren't accurate.

5.Select the 2 open end wrenches that fit the lock nut on the barrel adjuster, and the one that fits the barrel itself. WARNING!... Before you go any further, tie strings to each wrench so that if you drop one (and you might) you can retrieve it. If you drop a wrench down there, it is gone forever, and it could do mischief if it gets into something.

6. Loosen the lock nut and adjust the barrel outward (ie making the cable housing longer and hence reducing slack). It is kind of trial and error, but it will probably take at least 2-3 turns to get it right. Take the tie off that is holding the cover back to the bars and you can ride the bike and test it if you like. If I remember right, mine took over 3 turns, but yours may vary. If you go too far, the cruise will "over-engage" and that can be dangerous.

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Here is a picture of the location of the cable. Follow Tamathumper's instructions

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Thanks for the suggestions. Made first adjustment now to try it out. I did tie a zip-tie around wrenches and sure enough, I dropped one but saved it by the zip-tie😀.
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Which method did you use?

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Which method did you use?
Using your suggestions I was able to access the cable adjustment without taking the top shelf off. Today I made a total of three separate adjustments with a test ride after each. The adjustments were incremental and total about two full turns to the left (to shorten the cable). So far I have not noticed any change in the delay but didn’t want to go too far. Will continue to make more adjustments tomorrow with no more than 1/4 turn each time until I notice a difference in the delay. Thanks for your information.

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You're trying to take up slack, so you need to make the cable "longer"...

Refer to Step 6 of the second method.

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You're trying to take up slack, so you need to make the cable "longer"...

Refer to Step 6 of the second method.
No wonder I found no affect. Will go back tomorrow and turn adjuster to the “right”, first to restore the two complete turns then lengthen gradually from there. I read No 6 but it did not register because I had in mind that I needed to shorten the cable. My BAD! Will post results tomorrow.

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