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    Best way to remove 30 year old grips?

    I just bought a Bullmoose bar for my 1984 Stumpjumper to replace the slingshot neck and bars. The original black foam grips are on the current bars, and if I can, I'd really like to reuse them. My question is, what would be the best way to remove them without damaging them?

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    That would be fine, if I wasn't trying to reuse them on the Bullmoose bars.

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    Peel up the grip on either end and with a squirt bottle, get some water between the grip and bar, twisting the grip work it around and it should come off.
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    If you've got an air compresser then use the air duster nozzle to "float" them off. This is the easiest way to install / remove just about any grip.

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    Reuse 30 year old grip? Seriously?
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Thanks guys, both ideas sound good to me. I think the air blast idea will probably work best, I've seen it work, forgot all about that method. The Bullmoose bars really represent what the Stumpjumpers of my youth meant to me, I had an '83 and an '84. Both were stolen, the '84 in 1986 when the scumbag thief cracked open my Kryptonite lock. They both had the Bullmoose bars, so by swapping the slingshot stem and bars out, some warm feelings should return. In trying to keep all the original parts, I'm going to try and get the grips off carefully. 30 year old foam might not cooperate the way I need though. If not, I'll just get some current Specialized black rubber grips.

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    Warm soapy water really helps me get old grips off intact.

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    1. Wait for a rainy day.

    2. Go ride a technical descent in the rain.

    3. Grips will come loose as if by magic.

    It happened to me all the time until I started using lock on grips.

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    Cut them off with a blade and throw them in the trash, Grab-On foam grips are still available.
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    I'm happy to say the grip transplant worked without any problems. I used the soap water method and they came off intact with just a little gentle twisting. The old foam is still nice and spongy. The bike is 100% original parts(except tires), so that's why I wanted to keep the grips. Replacing them with modern rubber Specialized grips was my back up plan. Too me a vintage Stumpjumper just doesn't look right unless it's got Bullmoose bars. Glory has been restored!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Cut them off with a blade and throw them in the trash, Grab-On foam grips are still available.
    That's what I usually do.
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    Windex between the grip and the bars works great for this, too.

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