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How to put on new handle-grips

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Michelle
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How to put on new handle-grips

Post by Michelle » Sat May 25, 2019 8:09 am

Ok. I'm putting this in the "Do's and Don'ts" section as I think it relates to safety.
I recently changed my old grips in favour of some new more original looking ones. I took my old grips off using a screwdriver to shove in between the grip and the handlebar, and then a shot of WD40. It slipped right off after that :D
Thing is, even though I cleaned the handlebars, my new grip (on the non-throttle side) feels a bit like it could perhaps one day slip off. I really don't want that to happen on a hot day at over 100kph, so my question is this:....

Is there a way when putting on new grips to ensure they can't slip around and will stay on?
I was thinking of using a bit of Lock-Tight smeared on the chrome handlebars perhaps before the grip was slipped on?
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Re: How to put on new handle-grips

Post by Michelle » Sun May 26, 2019 12:58 am

OMG! Amazing tip. If you use WD40 to slip off your old grips then wash carefully with a degreaser before you put them back on or put on new grips.

The proper way (amazing tip). Use hairspray rather than WD40. Hairspray acts as a lubricant when wet and as a glue when it dries. Spray copious amounts into your grip before easily slipping it onto the handlebars. Let dry. Done :D
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Re: How to put on new handle-grips

Post by ViragoJoe » Tue May 28, 2019 6:22 am

Michelle wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 12:58 am
OMG! Amazing tip. If you use WD40 to slip off your old grips then wash carefully with a degreaser before you put them back on or put on new grips.

The proper way (amazing tip). Use hairspray rather than WD40. Hairspray acts as a lubricant when wet and as a glue when it dries. Spray copious amounts into your grip before easily slipping it onto the handlebars. Let dry. Done :D
Thanks Michelle, good to know!!

Probably holds hair in place, too. :D
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Re: How to put on new handle-grips

Post by nichon16 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:39 pm

Hi Michelle, thanks for the tip!

I have a question for you as I will shortly be replacing my handlebar.
Did you find the throttle side easy to remove? In my case I would have to remove the grip from the throttle tube, as well as the throttle tube from the handlebar. Any idea if I might have issues with one of those 2?

Amazingly enough I live in Canada and cannot find a throttle tube that fits the Virago hand controls under 100$ it seems... a bit ridiculous. Or maybe someone could tell me if any 7/8 throttle tube should fit, I have no idea about that as I have not opened up the bike yet and don't have it with me at the moment.

Thanks!

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