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How to Change Your Motorcycle Grips

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:01 PM by Silvio Vincini   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 7:04 PM]

How to Change Your Motorcycle Grips


Are you in need of new grips for your motorcycle? Changing the grips on your motorcycle is something that should be done as soon as a rider can feel that grips are starting to wear out. In our new blog post, we will discuss exactly how to remove your worn-out grips and replace them with your new ones.

To remove your old grips, you will need five items; your new hand grips, a blade to cut off the old ones, hairspray or grip glue, safety gloves, and a screwdriver.

Remove Bar End Mirror

The first thing you will have to do is remove the bar end and the mirror from your handle. You can do this by unscrewing the bolt connecting the bar end to the handle. This is the easy part of the process and doesn’t take much effort, all you need is a screwdriver to remove the bolt.

Remove the Hand Grips

Now the hand grips can be removed by either pulling them off which requires more effort or cutting them with a razor blade. If you intend on throwing the grips away, cutting them is the easier way to go. Simply do this by cutting a slit right through the grip. Ensure you are working with a sharp, new blade to cut right through the hand grip on the first attempt. As a safety measure, wear gloves in the event of the blade slipping.

If you are looking to keep your old grips, you can remove them by using an air pressure machine to pull them off. The idea here is to apply air pressure inside the grip while simultaneously pulling it off.

 Apply Glue or Hairspray

In addition to using grip glue, another effective method is using hairspray because this doesn’t leave any residue behind. A pro taper glue does tend to leave a sticky residue that must be removed whenever changing grips. Always ensure the hand bar is clean and smooth before you apply the new hand grips to ensure it remains intact. Usually, the tighter grip will go on the left-hand bar, and the larger grip will be used for your throttle which is the right bar.

Always examine your grips to determine which is the correct side before applying them. Spray the new grip on the inside with either the grip glue or hairspray, and then apply the new grip by pushing it into the handlebar.


Finishing Up

Once you have applied the new grips, let them sit for awhile before using the bike to allow the glue to work. In the meantime, you can put the bar end and mirror back on by screwing in the bolt using the screwdriver. 

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