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    Replacing grips...simply impossible?

    I removed my lock-ons and bought some standard grips (just with different ergonomics to try). I can't get them on in any kind of satisfactory manner. I tried the hairspray thing but the stuff never seems to dry and the grip just keeps spinning on the bars. I tried alcohol but that won't seem to dry either, even with inserting a few zip ties to help airflow between the grips and the bars to help dry it out. Placing the grips on dry just doesn't work as I can't get em on. Anyone have any tips for placing standard grips with something that can actually dry? Any way to get them on without some kind of product/additive (heating etc)? I've given 12 hours of drying time to all the things I've tried so far with no luck.

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    Isopropel alcohol always worked fine for me, just use a small amount not too much, twist and push and they seem to stay put.

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    I've always had success using a little squirt of windex. It seems to evaporate pretty well. I just did this a week ago. No problem.

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    rubbing alcohol, but just a little bit.

    To remove grips, I slide a spoke underneath the grip an inch or so and pour rubbing alcohol down the spoke and let gravity pull the alcohol through as I twist it free. usually after a second or two, even fairly stubborn grips break right free.

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    I've found hairspray to work very well. The cheaper the better. Extra-hold from the dollar store. Don't use too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    I've always had success using a little squirt of windex. It seems to evaporate pretty well. I just did this a week ago. No problem.
    Worked like a charm. Already dry. You just earned some rep my friend!
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    Grip glue.

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    +1 on the air compressor

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    You suggest i should buy an air compressor to fit my grip? Any sugestion for an air compressor under 10$?

    Rubbing alcool work fine.

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    This might sound crazy but I used to use gasoline on my quad grips. Plug the hole of one end, pour a little in, swish it around for a few seconds, and the grip will slide right on. It's my theory that the gas softens the grip up just enough to get it to slide on and once it evaporates in a few minutes, the grip is as good as glued. I always used grip wire to be safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBCanuck View Post
    I removed my lock-ons and bought some standard grips (just with different ergonomics to try). I can't get them on in any kind of satisfactory manner. I tried the hairspray thing but the stuff never seems to dry and the grip just keeps spinning on the bars. I tried alcohol but that won't seem to dry either, even with inserting a few zip ties to help airflow between the grips and the bars to help dry it out. Placing the grips on dry just doesn't work as I can't get em on. Anyone have any tips for placing standard grips with something that can actually dry? Any way to get them on without some kind of product/additive (heating etc)? I've given 12 hours of drying time to all the things I've tried so far with no luck.

    Thanks in advance?
    Aloha,

    Yes, shops and a lot of us use compressors. That allows us to get the grips on and off when we need to. Unfortunately, not a lot of people own compressors. I wish I had a simple answer for that one.

    Another trick though this is a pretty much a one time only deal. Get some double stick masking tape. Wrap some on to the bars. Now plug the hole in the grip, totally get the inside of the grip covered with paint thinner, gas, something that can make the sticky on the tape not be sticky for a little while. After you're sure the grip's coated on the inside, pour this stuff all over the sticky outsides of the tape on your handle bar. Now work semi quick and slid the grip on. Let it sit over night as the solvent will eventually evaporate and your grip will be stuck on to the bars.

    This is how golf club grips are held on to the golf clubs.

    Good luck, I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    I've found hairspray to work very well. The cheaper the better. Extra-hold from the dollar store. Don't use too much.
    Also let it dry a little before you shove the grip on.

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    don't be such a tight wad and let your shop mech'a'nic in stall then for you and give the guy some beer money!!!!! look at all the time you've wasted over a 20 dollar pair'o grips! get a grip will ya?????

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    I say befoH! I say again!!

    Grip glue..... you can find it at most motorcycle dealerships/shops.... $1 for a small tube. Wipe a bit on the end of the handle bars and immediately slide the grips in. It'll go in nice and smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapinGTI View Post
    You suggest i should buy an air compressor to fit my grip? Any sugestion for an air compressor under 10$?

    Rubbing alcool work fine.



    I suggest you use one, if you buy one and how much you do or don't pay for it is none of my concern.

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    Mousse works great! It makes it slippery when installing, but dries stickey. If you need to remove old grips, just slide a thin screwdriver under the grip and spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    I suggest you use one, if you buy one and how much you do or don't pay for it is none of my concern.
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    MAF cleaner for your car works great.

    Spray it on the bar and you've got about 8 seconds to get the grip on before it evaporates.

    Then you can pull your air sensors out of the airbox of your car and clean them to make sure your motor is running well.

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    Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle(mist) spray on the bar. Make sure you get the bottom of the bar and spray it inside the grips. I've found this is the easiest way, just make sure you do it somewhat fast.

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    +1 on the cheap hairspray. I've actually found that no-name Walmart stuff works better than my wife's Aveda stuff for securing my ESIs. Weird.
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    Hmmmm if only I had access to something sticky that was cheap and easy to get. Hmmmmm.
    I think I see where you're going with that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBCanuck View Post
    I removed my lock-ons and bought some standard grips (just with different ergonomics to try). I can't get them on in any kind of satisfactory manner. I tried the hairspray thing but the stuff never seems to dry and the grip just keeps spinning on the bars. I tried alcohol but that won't seem to dry either, even with inserting a few zip ties to help airflow between the grips and the bars to help dry it out. Placing the grips on dry just doesn't work as I can't get em on. Anyone have any tips for placing standard grips with something that can actually dry? Any way to get them on without some kind of product/additive (heating etc)? I've given 12 hours of drying time to all the things I've tried so far with no luck.

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    Hmm, in my experience hair sprays vary in effectiveness. I use Albero VO5 extra hold. You want the highest hold type. I do sand the bar under the grip section and then use a bit of windex and wipe with a paper towel to clean. Wait five minutes. Spray bar and inside of grip. Install. Make sure your room temp is warm enough for the hairspray to set up. Leave alone overnight.

    During the wait time I do use a bit of alcohol. Usually a nice Cab or a good quality brandy. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken in kc View Post
    you replaced the solution with the problem.
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    If you don't have access to a compressor, a can of air for cleaning electronics works with the hose quite well.

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    drop of water or 2. its a ***** but can work

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    Hairspray and an air compressor. Worked every time in the shop.
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    A spiral of electrical tape around the bar surface and wet the inside of the grip with charcoal lighter, let it sit for a few hours after you slide the grips on.

    I was camping one time when my grips started spinning. I was desperate and this was the only stuff I had around and it worked like a charm...necessity is the mother of invention.

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    Isopropyl Alcohol or just water

    Quote Originally Posted by lapinGTI View Post
    You suggest i should buy an air compressor to fit my grip? Any sugestion for an air compressor under 10$?

    Rubbing alcool work fine.
    Rubbing alcohol and Windex dry quickly because they use isopropyl alcohol. So both will work. Truth is, you could just use water, it just takes longer to dry.
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    We used spray paint back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC View Post
    You replaced the solution with the problem.
    ^^^^^^^
    What he said
    Lock on's are one of the best things (advances) invented for MTBing.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Lock on's are one of the best things (advances) invented for MTBing.



    Not if you sell air compressors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Not if you sell air compressors.
    This is true, I suppose we should all look out for those poor bastards.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Upset

    Wouldn't it make more sence and less hassle to find a set of Lock On's that ergonomicly fit your needs better.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    2 pages of how to install hand grips??!!



    If it won't dry, use less.

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    I put the grips in a cup of hot water for a few minutes. Do the same to get them off. Just put the cup on the floor and lay the bike over so the grips are in the cup. I use my wife's electric tea kettle to boil the water.
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    use a compressed electronic air (like the ones for electronics) if you don't have a compressor. The easiest, won't cause slipping.

    I used 70% rubbing alcohol to remove and install grips - got slipping. I bet 99% would have worked better. Mine were slipping. I read it will get better with time but I didn't want to wait. I used the air can and it dried out the grips and improved them within 10 seconds. Really the only thing you should use imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Lock on's are one of the best things (advances) invented for MTBing.
    Really, I thought the 29er was.
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    Lock-ons should be standard issue.
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    shoot a little compressed air between the handlebar and grip while you slide and it fits on perfectly, always worked for me

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    Put 'em in the microwave for a minute, perfect!

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    air compressor, all you have to do is blow on the grips to take them off and on, nothing easier.

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    I use the air compressor at work, a $1 can of spray paint at home. Both work. The spray paint usually gets overnight drying.

    BTW, I use Lock-Ons for my bike, standard grips on my kids' bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpedaler View Post
    I use the air compressor at work, a $1 can of spray paint at home. Both work. The spray paint usually gets overnight drying.

    BTW, I use Lock-Ons for my bike, standard grips on my kids' bikes.
    Oh so the kids aren't worthy huh.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Elmer's light spray adhesive... when taking the grip off you will get some residue, but acetone will take it right off.
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    I use a air compresser now, but when I didnt have one i used WD 40. Spray it in the grip, smack the grip on something to get the excess out, then slide it on. Takes about 12 to 24 hours to dry depending on how much you have in there.

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    I never thought I'd see a three page thread on grip tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    I never thought I'd see a three page thread on grip tips.
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    I have always had the best luck with WD-40 just enough to slide the grip on and let dry overnight. If you ride in a lot of wet areas this is not always the best option in which case I usually wire tie my grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapinGTI View Post
    You suggest i should buy an air compressor to fit my grip? Any sugestion for an air compressor under 10$?

    Rubbing alcool work fine.
    You wil use it for more than just replacing grips.

    Worth it's weight in gold for mounting some tubeless tires.....etc.
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