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Hey…I’m new…just bought a 1979 CX500 Deluxe and am cleaning it up a bit. It runs and starts right away but it is dirty and needs to be cleaned…I need to replace the rear brake shoes and change the oil and lube the points…
Question: is there an easy way to replace the throttle cables? They look pretty tight in there.
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Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year to your profile so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget (see Forum Settings link in my signature).

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).

I'm not clear on what you mean by "pretty tight in there". The throttle cables on these bikes aren't any harder to get at than the ones on any other bike. As with many other jobs the first steps will be removing the seat and the tank so that you can route the cables through the frame (there are diagrams for that in the FSM) and, of course, you will need to open up the right hand switch housing to get at where they attach to the throttle tube (twistgrip).

BTW: No bike of mine has had a return cable for over 30 years. The purpose of them is to allow you to close the throttle if the throttle return spring on the carbs fails but I've never heard of that happening and I've heard a number of examples of problems caused by gummed or rusted return cables.
 
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