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Old 10-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Switching handlebars

Is anyone who has changed the handlebars on their America or Speedy willing to explain how to get the hand grips off. I bought a new set of handlebars but have no idea how to get the grips off. They don't seem to be glued on, but they don't want to come off.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dont they simply come off as a unit ? I could have sworn thats how it was when I did mine a while back.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I used a screwdriver to break the seal. No damage done.

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Get some hand sanitiser from the supermarket. The one to wash your hands without water. It evaporates really quickly. Then get a flat head screwdriver and lubricate it with the sanitiser. Use the screwdriver to force in under the grip along the handlebar which will also leave some sanitiser in there. From there you will find the grip becomes loose and will slide off.
Its also good to lubricate the grip on the inside before you want to put it back on and it will slide on no problem. Once it dries, it stays on firm.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've always used windex, or any spray on glass cleaner.
Gently push the end of a flat head screwdriver under the rubber and squirt in the glass cleaner, try twisting the grip, skirt a bit more, push the screwdriver in a bit further and eventually it will all go loose and slip off.
Then give the bars a wipe.

To fit grips I use hairspray on the bars, the grips slip on nicely and the hairspray drys sticky after 5 or 10 mins.



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Old 10-28-2012, 09:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Get a hair dryer on it for 5 mins - much, much easier
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, you've given me some good information. I'll give it a try a little later today.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I used WD-40 on my America grips, but as mentioned above it does not evaporate, though i never had any problems. More recently on my street triple i used a can of compressed air, sticking the straw into the grip pulling and twisting at the same time the air shoots in. Worked terrifically and no residue of any kind to deal with, just have someone hold your bike when you do it.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks to all of the suggestions I was able to get the grips off with no problem. I had a long, stiff wire and I slipped it between the bars and the grips, then used WD-40 that had an injection tube. They slipped off with no problem.

Now I'll have to read up on how to take the clutch and throttle assemblies off without doing anything stupid. I have the Triumph repair manual and glanced at it quickly before I called it quits today and they seem to address what needs to be done. But if there are any suggestions I'm always ready to consider what's worked for someone else.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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+1 on the WD40. I have alwys used that. As stated above, make sure you clean the bars and grips good before replacing them. I have reinstalled using hair spray and it's worked well for me.
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