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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing HandleBar Grips

Can anyone tell me the easiest way to remove my stock handlebar grips on Speedmaster and how to put on new ones. I would like to put the vintage grips on. Do I need a special glue. I heard hairspray works good.
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compressed air works

a bit of soap and water then air shot near the edge of the rubber will lift it enough to be removed. Same with back on.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just a little refinement on what cocoselect said. I work a small screwdriver between the grip and bar. Then I lift it and shoot in some windex. If you work the screwdriver around it works the soap around too. Be careful not to puncture the grip. If it's stubborn, I have shot some compressed air. Once again, lifting that screwdriver helps get the air in as well.

I use artist spray adhesive. Be sure to clean the soap out of the inside of the grip if you would reuse them at any point.

Of course, if you're never going to use the grips again, you can just cut them off. Wouldn't recommend that though.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Contact cleaner and compressed air works great to remove grips as well
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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just did this on my bonnie -- i used WD40 to get the suckers off, and a whole lot of grunting and swearing to get them back on. i tried hairspray, but found it not very helpful -- the size of the grips keeps them in place, no problem.

removing the grips is a really easy thing to do. go for it!

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How do you get the WD4 underneath the grip.
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Hairspray

I've always used hairspray on my bikes.
You can use the same trick as with the wd40, but you don't have to make sure you get them really clean when you're done. It's slippery when wet and sticky when dry......
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How do you get the WD4 underneath the grip.

just take something slim and long, like a small flathead screwdriver or a chopstick and wedge it under the grip. the rubber will flex upwards and not be damaged, then just squirt some WD40 or hairspray in there and give it a tug. should come right off.

oh -- the throttle side is a little harder since the rubber sits on the plastic throttle assembly, but it should work just the same. maybe be a little more gentle with the throttle side so you don't damage the plastic underneath.

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Thumbs up try carb cleaner

Yep, a shot of carb cleaner ( careful of painted surfaces) between the grip and the bar and it will slide right off. Insert a screw driver to lift the edge, spray a few areas , and slide it off. Same with installation. A shot of carb cleaner ,slide it on and it sticks like glue.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Very timely thread for me as I am about to do the same when my New Bonnie Black Clubmans get here......

I am trying to understand the throttle grip...... and I have no idea about it since I have never taken it apart. What is the grip actually on since it rotates freely? Can I just slide the whole throttle assembly and grip off the end if I loosen it from the bars and take off the bar end?
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