Getting bar grips off

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Secret Sam
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Getting bar grips off

Postby Secret Sam » 12 Oct 2009, 9:35am

OK, so someone on here wants to put his grips on...I want mine off so I can shorten my bars...any suggestions? They seem welded in place...
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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby NUKe » 12 Oct 2009, 10:54am

1. use a hair dryer to heat the grips. or you can use a DIY hot air gun with caution but these tend to be a bit vicious
2. Fill a bowl with hot water. Lay the bike on its side with the grip in the water for a few minutes
3 lift the edge of the grip and squirt in WD40
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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby fredkite » 12 Oct 2009, 11:30am

Take a screwdriver with a long blade. Push it between the grip and the handlebar as far as it will go. Squirt WD40 into the gap.
Move the screwdriver round the bar, squirting WD40 as you go. A good twist on the grip should release it. To refit the grips, clean the bar and inside of the grip with white spirit. Liberally spray the bar and inside of the grip with hairspray (you know you're worth it) and slide the grip back onto the bar.

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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby Mick F » 12 Oct 2009, 4:06pm

Yep. All ideas are good IMHO.

I've used a heat gun to good effect. Just keep it off the top temp setting!
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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby squeaker » 13 Oct 2009, 9:26am

fredkite wrote:Take a screwdriver with a long blade. Push it between the grip and the handlebar as far as it will go. Squirt WD40 into the gap.
Why waste WD40: the hairspray works for grip removals too, IME :D
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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby MLJ » 15 Oct 2009, 3:17pm

I just drip some water down the side of the long screwdriver, and that works fine; also easier to clean up after removal.

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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby Captain Cruton » 15 Oct 2009, 3:55pm

If the handlebar grips still have the ends on, then you can use your pump to blow a little air pressure into the bar to inflate and release them.
You will need an adapter to fit the end of the pump with a hollow needle to push through the bar end. The inkjet colour refill kits that many people use, fit the end of a pump almost perfectly.
I find that one stroke of the pump is enough. :D

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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby Mick F » 15 Oct 2009, 5:30pm

Great!

As a callow yoof - mid 1960s - Bonfire/Firework Season - we were playing with bangers. I pulled off one of my bar grips, shoved a lighted banger into the bars, pushed the grip back on and waited to see what happened.

BANG!

I never saw either of my bar grips again!
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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby bikegeek » 16 Oct 2009, 1:17pm

fredkite wrote:Take a screwdriver with a long blade. Push it between the grip and the handlebar as far as it will go. Squirt WD40 into the gap.
Move the screwdriver round the bar, squirting WD40 as you go. A good twist on the grip should release it. To refit the grips, clean the bar and inside of the grip with white spirit. Liberally spray the bar and inside of the grip with hairspray (you know you're worth it) and slide the grip back onto the bar.


+1 for the screwdriver, but with water as MLJ suggests
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Re: Getting bar grips off

Postby gilesjuk » 16 Oct 2009, 1:21pm

Use lock on grips, you can just undo the grub screws and slide them off then.