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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to put on my new bars and it's a bastage trying to break everything loose. So my question is, is there an easy way to remove the new grips I put on?

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removing grips and keeping them intact is more difficult than simply ripping off the old ones.

If you want to keep them intact, try some goo gone or something stronger - penetrating oil / brake cleaner / brake fluid.

You have to dissolve those glues and they are strong.

If you don't care about the grip, run a hacksaw along the grip and peel the grip from the metal, then clean up the metal ready for new grip.

don't forget to protect the scratched up spots from rust or oxidation etc...

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Yea I wanted to keep the grips. They weren't expensive but I just don't have money to buy a new pair. Also trying to get the bars out themselves is not really working.

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One thing I have thought of but never tried is the method that my dad uses to remove grips from golf clubs. He uses mineral spirits to loosen the glue on the tape he uses. He pries the edge a little, squirts the mineral spirits in there and starts twisting/prying/spraying until the grip twists off. Only takes a few minutes and lets him reuse the grips.

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Ok got the left side grip off. Now I just can't get the 4 Allen key bolts out. I already stripped one a bit. Any recommendations?

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Get a torx bit slightly larger than that Allen that you stripped out. Tap it in squarely with a hammer and go slow. Should be able to get that bolt off.

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Ok got the left side grip off. Now I just can't get the 4 Allen key bolts out. I already stripped one a bit. Any recommendations?
Yeah, I had problems with the Allens when replacing Brushed Aluminum Cap with a newer Chrome Cap.

I had to pound/jam a 3/8" drive (maybe it was 1/2" drive ?) male head Torx Socket into them to break two of four loose....I replaced them with 4 new allens.

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Ahh thanks guys. Guess I'm off to the auto store. I want these bars on today damn it haha

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If you have a local bike dealer, you could try to barrow their tool to remove the grips. They typically use compressed air.
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The torx bit worked beautifully. So I get everything back on and this is the problem now.
The clutch cable is so tight and the master cylinder is blocking the rpm gauge. How am I to solve this? Would I have to order risers?

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