How To Change Your Motorcycle Grips? Effective Guide
If you want to replace your old motorcycle grips that have start wearing down or just want to upgrade to better ones, this guide is for you.
As you already know, a new pair of high-quality grips can go a long way in improving your riding comfort, cut down the numbness from the vibration of your bike, and enhance the look of your bike.
If you’re a beginner trying to changing your motorcycle grips for the first, you’re sure to meet hardships along the way…you might even get completely stuck at some point.
But after reading our basic beginner guide below, everything will become easy and straightforward for you.
Things You’ll Need:
- 4mm Allen key
- Flathead screwdriver
- Utility knife
- Glass cleaner or isopropyl alcohol
- A new pair of motorcycle grips: make sure you get the best motorcycle grips that perfectly fit your bike handlebars.
- Grip glue or hairspray
How To Change Your Motorcycle Grips:
Step 1. Get your motorcycle ready
Though most people go straight into removing the old grips, we suggest that you first prepare your bike as well as your workplace so that when you get started, everything will run smoothly and quickly.
Secure your bike on a stand of your choice to keep it from making it any movements when working on it. Be sure to clear a spot on your bench where you’ll place all your tools for easy and quick access when you need them.
Once you have everything set up, you can move on to the next step.
Step 2. Remove the end bars
Remove the bar ends—the metal pieces on the outside end of your motorcycle handlebars—to pave the way for the old grips to come out.
How you remove these metal pieces depends on the model of your bike. Some models require you to simply pop them off while others need you to unscrew them. If your end bars are held in place by screws, garb that Allen key or a flathead screwdriver and unfasten the bolts.
Make sure you put the two end bars as well as their screws somewhere safe so that you don’t lose them. You’ll need it in the last step of this guide.
Step 3. Remove the old grips
With the end bars off, removing the old grips should be easy now. If you don’t mind about the old grips and don’t wish to reuse them again, then you can use a utility knife or anything sharp to cut them lengthwise and then pull them off the handlebars.
If you want to save the grips, however, you’ll need to remove them uncut. One way you can do this is by inserting a long flathead screwdriver between the grips and your bike handlebars and use the screwdriver to work off the grip. You might also consider spraying a glass cleaner inside to help loosen then adhesive holding the grip the bars.
Another method of removing the grips undamaged involves blowing them off with compressed air.
Step 4. Clean the bars
When you remove the existing grips, you’ll notice that they leave behind remnants of the adhesive that held them to the handlebars. You’ll need to get rid of the residue and clean your bars thoroughly to prepare them for the new grips.
You can use rubbing alcohol or adhesive remover and a rag to help you clean the bars thoroughly.
We advise you against using a lubricant or oil-based cleaner like WD-40 to clean your handlebars. This is because such products can make your new grips to slip, compromising your safety when riding your bike.
If you lack the other cleaning options and you must use the oil-based ones, then you MUST ensure you degrease the bar surfaces before applying the new grips.
Step 5. Install the new set of grips
Old grips out, new grips in!
Grab the new set of motorcycle grips you want to put on your handlebars and take a closer look at them before you install them.
You’ll notice that they come in different hole sizes (i.e., varying internal diameters) And this is for a reason—the one featuring a larger hole should go to the side of the throttle, the right side. And obviously, the remaining one will go to the non-throttle, left side of your bike.
Start by installing the right hand (throttle) grip. Apply the glue to the bars (in this guide, we’ll use hairspray; it acts as a lubricant when wet and adhesive when dry). You’ll also consider spraying the adhesive inside the grips for better stackability. Then, quickly slide the grip inside the handlebar all the way up until it flushes against the inside of your bike handlebars. Squeeze the grip with your hands to help glue it to the bar.
Repeat the same procedure for the left grip to install it in place.
TIP: Use just the right amount of glue or hairspray to hold the grips in place. Using the glue excessively might cause it to scream out of the grip ends and leave you with a mess.
Tip 2: Once you apply the glue to the grip and bar, QUICKLY work the grip in before the glue dries. If it hardens before you install the grips, you can use rubbing alcohol to remove the grip and start all over.
Step 6. Replace the bar ends
Once both grips are in position, you can now screw back in the bar ends you removed in Step 2 to complete the installation process. These will ensure your new grips remain firmly held in place and won’t easily slip out.
What/s next? After you’re done with installing the new, do NOT hit the road with your motorcycle immediately. Give the glue you used to install the grips a few hours to dry.
If you’re having a hard time trying to change your motorcycle grips, or you’re a complete beginner with no idea where to start, follow the simple steps we have outlined in this guide to learn how to do a clean job and end up with professionally fitted grips.
Before you start working on your grips, ensure you have all the supplies we mentioned above so that you don’t get stuck midway the process.