Tech Tip Tuesday: Installing Grips

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Ever cranked back on your throttle on a hot day and had your grips twist on you? Not only does it surprise you, but it is not safe either. Today’s tech tip encourages you to use grip glue when installing new grips for safety, peformance, and peace of mind. There’s really not much to changing out grips and using grip glue, but in case you haven’t done it before, here’s the basics:

1. Remove old grips by cutting off with a razor blade or knife. They should come off fairly easy with some tugging and pulling and it will help to do this when the grips are warm (sit the bike in the sun for a bit ahead). Some stock motorcycle grips are actually vulcanized to the throttle tube, making it nearly impossible to remove the grips without damage. In that case, it’s best to just replace the throttle tube at the same time.

2. Prep handlebars – Clean off any old grip glue and dirt from the handlebars using carb cleaner or acetone and dry them off thoroughly. Any residue, dirt, or oil on the bars will keep the glue from being as effective and may result in grip slipping.installing motorcycle grips

3. Install Grips – Spray some grip glue (some people have had success with a bit of spray paint or hairspray) on the top surface of one side of your handlebars where the grip will go. Once the grip glue is on, twist on the grip until it is fully seated. Once one grip is on, install the second grip the same way on the other side. The grip glue dries quickly, so install the grips as quickly as you can. (If you’re handlebar gripsreally anal about keeping your grips in place, you can also twist a single wrap of safety wire on your grips in a few places for extra no slip insurance)

4. Ride – That’s it. The glue dries quickly so you can start riding almost immediately. Good luck and have fun!

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One thought on “Tech Tip Tuesday: Installing Grips

  • September 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Replacing the grips is easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for sharing!

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