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    Need fast drying lube for handle bar grip install.

    Guys, does anyone know of a lubricant to use when installing grips so I don't have to wait all night? I'm getting my new handle bar this afternoon and want to go riding a few hours after maybe 2-3 hours later. I've looked at the air compressor method, but that seems to only work with grips that are plugged on one end, mine are open on both ends.
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    A little hairspray.

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    Air compressor method will still work. I've watched my LBS do it in front of me with my old grips that were open-ended

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    Do you recall how it was done? with the air compressor. I have an air compressor handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neu5p3ed
    Do you recall how it was done? with the air compressor. I have an air compressor handy.
    Yep. Just a normal blow gun with a small nozzle. Push the grip partially on the bar by hand then pull part of the grip away from the bar enough to fit the nozzle in. Blow in some air (and keep blowing the whole time) and you should be able to slide the grip by hand into the right place

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    I will give it a shot! If it doesn't work I guess i'll have to resort to a little bit of hairspray.

    Thanks guys!

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    If you don't have hairspray, rubbing alchohol works pretty well.

    I've installed grips without using anything before. It is removing them that give me more trouble.
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    Never thought of the rubbing alcohol, but my guess is that it should dry faster than hairspray correct? This is just my guess from normal use of rubbing alcohol to clean things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neu5p3ed
    Never thought of the rubbing alcohol, but my guess is that it should dry faster than hairspray correct? This is just my guess from normal use of rubbing alcohol to clean things.
    I have not conducted any trials in my lab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neu5p3ed
    Never thought of the rubbing alcohol, but my guess is that it should dry faster than hairspray correct? This is just my guess from normal use of rubbing alcohol to clean things.
    I've used rubbing alcohol at home and it dries really really quickly. I haven't tried hairspray so I can't compare. If you aren't quick enough the alcohol will dry before you can even get the grip all the way into position. Can be very frustrating.

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    Ok, I will give it a go hopefully I won't need to if the air compressor works. Thanks!

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    aquanet is the easiest and stickiest to use. also, spray paint. motocrossers have been known to use spraypaint, but... they have also been known to be a little left of center. i have used aquanet on countless occasions and it works like a charm. keeps the grips from slipping when complete too. that is good.

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    Just use Lock ons

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    My vote is for the compressor, but you do need to have one, which it sounds like do. If not, then hairspray. Best are the lock on style, that is if they make a style you like.
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    I will get lock on grips once these are toast.

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    I've used rubbing alcohol.

    For foamies, probably hairspray and you still have to tie them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bschanz
    aquanet is the easiest and stickiest to use. also, spray paint. motocrossers have been known to use spraypaint, but... they have also been known to be a little left of center. i have used aquanet on countless occasions and it works like a charm. keeps the grips from slipping when complete too. that is good.
    Yep, but I always let em dry at least overnight if not 24 hours so they don't slip off and hurt meself.
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    Windex glass cleaner

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