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My girlfriend just dropped her crossbones and now

My girlfriend just dropped her harley crossbones and now the throttle return is sticking a bit

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Hi buddy just rubb the throttle with some grease on the inside and squirt wd40 down the cable to lub it the move it too and throw then get back to me if ok

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