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Installing Handgrips
#793319 12/18/19 8:02 pm
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Would anyone here have any suggestions on how to install handlebar handgrips? Soap and water? Heat them or warm them? A lot of pushing?

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Re: Installing Handgrips
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I use a squirt of hairspray


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Wd40 works great.


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+1 for the hairspray.

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Definitely hairspray, it lubricates them so they slip on easily then sets gluing them in place.
You get odd looks as a bald man buying hair spray


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Originally Posted by Beach
Wd40 works great.



Most definitely !

Do not use soap and water...especially soap, unless you want to find rusting handlebar ends next time you change out your grips. I'm not even sure the grips would seal on the bars. WD40 is IME the best lubricant for fitting and removing grips.


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I think most people are under impression that Wd40 is a lubricant, when in fact it's a water displacer.

When my grips are on it takes spraying Wd40 inside to get them off.


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Hair spray again.
Spray it on thick.
leaving the grips out in the sun to warm up a bit helps a lot
then be brutal & quick
Put the clutch side on while the throttle side is off the bike
Do the throttle grip by itself
You can get air locks which makes the last little bit hard to get on with grips that are airtight.


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To get old grips off, I wedge a thin screwdriver to slightly open the grip. Then spray some Berryman carb cleaner inside and work the grip and it comes right off. To attach, spray a little inside and slide it on. It dries quickly and stays put.

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I’ve never had problem On sunnier days but a few times riding long distances in the wet, the grips start to slide off the bar. It fine when they dry out but a bit of water in there and they are off.

I’ve taken to roughing up the chrome on the bar and then carpet adhesive. Contact adhesive might work. Tried the carpet adhesive without roughing the chrome up and it still slides off eventually.


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Compressed air is the simple way? Just use an air nozzle and expand the grip with air, You can start it on, put the nozzle under the edge and make it expand with a squirt of air and it slides on. However some more fancy grips have alloy crimping sections on the ends that don't expand much, but air still works, just more difficult.


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Used both hairspray and WD40, both work, surprising how well the WD40 once dry grips.

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Originally Posted by Beach
I think most people are under impression that Wd40 is a lubricant, when in fact it's a water displacer.


I knew as soon as I typed it, using the word lubricant, coupled with WD40, would draw a response to point out that WD stands for water displacer.

However, while that is true, WD40 also has lubricating qualities as noted by the manufacturer.

https://www.wd40.com/products/one-gallon/

"WD-40® Multi-Use Product protects metal from rust and corrosion, penetrates stuck parts, displaces moisture and lubricates almost anything. WD-40® One Gallon is ideal for heavy jobs that require soaking and dipping."


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Spay clear lacquer into the grip and quickly slide onto bar. Probably same as hair spray but you might have a can of clear lacquer on hand.


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Sorry Jon. Didnt even notice you had called it a lubricant. Was actually meant for people who never considered it for this use. I guess it is a lubricant, but it disappears quickly.


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P-80 rubber lubricant, hands down.

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P-80 rubber lubricant, hands down.

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You could also call lacquer a lubricant until it dries. WD-40 is what I use to put on grips. To take off, spray some under the grip with the tube, wiggle around and the grip comes off without damage.
If used on machinery to displace water it should be wiped off after. It becomes a dust magnet.

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Brake cleaner works. You just need to be quick, some 20 seconds.

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I have always used petrol. Small amount acts as lube, slightly melts the inside, then evaporates and dries.

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Originally Posted by AngloBike
I have always used petrol. Small amount acts as lube, slightly melts the inside, then evaporates and dries.

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