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    Getting grips to stick

    Last year I switched to lock-on grips, but they wore out quickly.
    This year I went back to the ol' standard, but they keep slipping.
    I tried hairspray, then spray adhesive, to keep them snug on the bars, but they keep slipping, especially during the hot summer.
    What can I use to keep them secure?

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    My lock-on grips last for years, both ODI and Performance brands. Maybe the compound you got was too soft?

    That said, have you tried spray paint to get them to stick?

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    my lockons lasted a long time as well.........could try a small amount of shave cream to mount the grips.

    another thought would be to go to a craft store, and see if they have some kind of mounting tape that you can moisten to have it get slippery and activate the glue, and then it dries.....i don't know what the stuff would be called, but I have seen it used for other similar applications

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky Mtn View Post
    my lockons lasted a long time as well.........could try a small amount of shave cream to mount the grips.

    another thought would be to go to a craft store, and see if they have some kind of mounting tape that you can moisten to have it get slippery and activate the glue, and then it dries.....i don't know what the stuff would be called, but I have seen it used for other similar applications

    I think Lizzard Skins has some tape like that

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    Getting grips to stick

    Dooodes. Aqua Net.

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    Lots of " grip glue " used in the moto industry. I'm sure you can use that. Back in the day people used to wire grips on the bar.
    like this:
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    Get some ESI Chunky grips. Once you get them on...they won't move.
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    I tried Aqua Net and White Rain...they stick for a while, but after a few rides they start slipping.
    As for the paint, wouldn't the compounds in it eat away the rubber?
    I haven't tried the tape method before. I have all kinds of it, but as the grip is so snug on the bar already getting it on there, wouldn't it be next to impossible to slide one on a bar that already has tape on it?

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    Black Acrylic Spray Paint!!! That is how I secured my moto grips and until I crashed and ruined them they never moved

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    The key to getting grips to stick when using rubbing alcohol/hairspray etc. is to use compressed air to blow under them once you slide them on. I never have had grips slip in my life. Get them one there, get a rubber-tipped air gun, pry up the outer edge, hold on, and blow air under it (it will sound like a fart as the air ripples underneath). That will get them to stick.
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    Getting grips to stick

    That's crazy talk. Hairspray works. Tried on maguras cut downs, grab ons, ritcheys, wtb, and odi grips on my bikes. Hmmm...what kind of grips are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Get some ESI Chunky grips. Once you get them on...they won't move.
    Until your bike falls over/you crash and get just a little dirt under the very end of the grip....it then seems to migrate half way and sometimes all the way under.
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    I have heard of this..it pretty much fuses the grip to the bar. The only way to remove them is to replace the bar or use a wire wheel to remove them.

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    Re: Getting grips to stick

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Until your bike falls over/you crash and get just a little dirt under the very end of the grip....it then seems to migrate half way and sometimes all the way under.
    Live my ESI's...but they are fragile.
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    Safety wire works great, plus they are really to take out when you are done with them..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Get some ESI Chunky grips. Once you get them on...they won't move.
    Put the ESI grips on with arubbing alcohol. Takes 2 seconds for them to easily slide into place. A couple hours later they will not move. Then, whenever you need to take them off again, pry one end up and pour some rubbing alcohol under them and they slide right off. EZPZ.

    That said, I run ODI Rogues on all my bikes now and they do not wear out. Had the same ones for a couple years now and no issues.

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    Re: Getting grips to stick

    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    Put the ESI grips on with arubbing alcohol. Takes 2 seconds for them to easily slide into place. A couple hours later they will not move. Then, whenever you need to take them off again, pry one end up and pour some rubbing alcohol under them and they slide right off. EZPZ.

    That said, I run ODI Rogues on all my bikes now and they do not wear out. Had the same ones for a couple years now and no issues.
    Yep...but an air compressor makes this soooo much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Yep...but an air compressor makes this soooo much easier.
    Also true, but most people don't have those lying around.

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    ESI or RedMonkey silicone grips installed with clear hand sanitizer gel don't move.
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    ESI's instructions say to use rubbing alcohol...If you follow the instructions they will not move.
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    Re: Getting grips to stick

    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    Also true, but most people don't have those lying around.
    They are worth having and font cost that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    They are worth having and font cost that much.
    I agree, which is why I have one. But still, most people don't have one despite the fact they "font" cost that much.

    Sorry... cheap shot. Just messin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Until your bike falls over/you crash and get just a little dirt under the very end of the grip....it then seems to migrate half way and sometimes all the way under.
    I just got my first set so I can't comment on that. They are stuck in place though... I can tell they aren't moving for sure unless something like you described happens. I was using WTB lockons prior...the never moved even a mm in the time I had them. They just seem to wear out quickly.
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    Had friend use Gasgacinch. It wont move ever, even when you want it to! You'll have to cut the grips off.

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    Wrap a spiral of electrical tape around the bar and wet the inside of the grip with charcoal lighter fluid. Slide them on and give it a couple of hours to set up. You'll have to cut them off.

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    I have a good idea that i might use tomorrow. Put a single (or two) layer of electrical tape (or duck tape) on the bars and glue grips onto that. When you get them off just use propane torch to loosen the grips

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    Quote Originally Posted by ithacking View Post
    I have a good idea that i might use tomorrow. Put a single (or two) layer of electrical tape (or duck tape) on the bars and glue grips onto that. When you get them off just use propane torch to loosen the grips

    Tape glue can get gooey over time and lose it's grip.


    One key to getting grips to stay tight is to make sure the handlebar ends are clean before installing them. I always clean them with rubbing alcohol to remove any oil residue (even clean hands can leave a little) and slide the grips on using compressed air with a narrow nozzle. They are instantly tight and will usually hold for the life of the grip.

    Hairspray/ rubbing alcohol is OK, but not as good IMO because you have to wait awhile before it is completely dry and the grips set.

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    ^^^this.
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    Today i used wire and i must say even if they just twist a little bit, it's much better than it was! Two pieces of wire on very ends of grips

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    I really don't understand all the wire etc. Even back in the day before lock ons, at the shop we used Aquanet and an air compressor (clean the bar first with rubbing alcohol) and never ever had issues with grips being loose. Seriously ..if you are shaving issues and don't have a compressor just stop by a shop and ask if they can blow them for you...buy a tube or something and they will probably just do it.
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    I have an compressor, but my grips are just too worn for that. Tried it.

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