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Old 12-04-2003, 09:34 AM
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Your grips have small holes in the ends. If you have access to a compressor stick you pointed nozzle on and put it in the hole on one of them. Put your thumb over the hole on the opposite grip and give it a shot of air. Blows the grip right off. Reverse the procedure with a rag around the nozzel or one of those small white soft funnels inserted in the bar in front of the air nozzel (to get a good seal on the open end of the bars) and off comes the other. I slip the new grips on the bar a little bit. I stick the air nozzle in the end of the bar (with a good seal) and cup my had around the grip on the other side with my thumb over the end. A quick shot of air to balloon the girp and little and a simultaneous pull forward and on they go. You can add glue to them or whatever. I usually role mine back a little bit and glue the inner lip.

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Old 12-04-2003, 09:44 AM
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I haven't had much luck with Renthal glue either. The best glue I have found is Honda's Grip glue which is similar to Superbond Weatherstrip adhesive glue.

If you use Renthal soft grips, even their glue seems to melt through the soft rubber compound. I put renthals soft compound grips on and used their glue and 10 mins later the Renthal glue melted right through the rubber compound. :

The Honda Grip glue even seems to hold to the high silicone base Gel grips.
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Old 12-04-2003, 09:48 AM
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Yeah, it seemed to me that as it warmed up the renthal glue went soft.

The hairpsray is what I used on my current grips and they are stuck there tight.
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:13 AM
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Ima, I wish I could say I don't crash, but everyone would know that was a big fat lie!! If you don't crash once in a while, you aren't pushing yourself!

The grips I changed were on the quad I try not to roll that!

I had never heard of the hairspray trick before, though. That's a good trick to know.
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:47 AM
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Wow... See, I knew you guys would add a bunch to this thread. Thanks, and thanks for the tip on the air compressor. I don't have one, so I won't be using it yet... but I do have plans to get one someday.

Anyway, thanks, and keep 'em coming. Very good input.
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:53 AM
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You guys might laugh, but I didn't have hairspray, so I used some clear spray paint we had...seems to work fine. I've also used the air compressor trick to take off the old grips...thats the easiest for me. I also wire my grips on too....I hate it when the grips slip aorund on me!
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Old 12-04-2003, 11:03 AM
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For those of you that don't run handguards here is a tip for ya. Since i run handguards when I crash the bar is on the end of the grip(the side of the grip on the very end of the bar)so the grip does not get messed up..if you don't run handguards,after a few crashes the end of the grip usually gets a hole in it because you got the hole in the handlebar and the grip gets pushed in there and gets a hole knocked in it. Then your bar feels up with dirt when you crash:. So what you do is before you slide the grips on the bar take a coin..a nickel ususally seems to fit the best and drop it down in the hole in the grip...take a screwdriver and center it against the grip on the very end and then slide the grip on..usually a nickel is big enough that it won't fit into the hole in the bar..this will prevent you from getting holes in the grips.

Oh and BTW Woody.....GREAT JOB..I am trying your method next time Like Rick,Zoo said I have not had good luck with Renthal Grip Clue:
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Old 12-04-2003, 11:04 AM
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Clear paint....humm never thought of that. I use hair spray and safety wire as well.
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Old 12-04-2003, 11:16 AM
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I use the hairspray/saftey wire trick to install. I NEVER trust glue or anything else, I have had too many grips come loose on me at inoportune times not to saftey wire. It only takes a few minutes, and when done in 3 spots double wrapped those grips WILL NOT move...Ever.

I use the air compressor method to remove them as well.
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Old 12-04-2003, 11:49 AM
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So when you use safety wire how do you put that on, do you just wrap it around tight a couple of times and twist the ends? It seems like the ends would be sticking out kind of pokey like :
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