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Offline Yellow Jacket

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Grip replacement help
« on: May 21, 2015, 02:44:05 pm »
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I ordered a pair of gel grips (Kawi green even) THEN I noticed today the wire coming from my stock throttle grip.

Is this the grip heater wire?  Obviously I haven't (yet) had experience with heated grips.  What's under there?

Looking for advice from those of you who have replaced their grips with aftermarkets if it's even possible.

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015, 02:53:37 pm »
Yes that is the wire for the heated grips.  What's under there - there is a cover that can be removed with one screw.
It's there (the cover) to help protect the wire because on the throttle side it twists.

Most people including myself just add covers over the grips instead of replacing the whole grip.

I believe that wire goes down quite a ways and connects down under.  ;D
So I don't think you can just disconnect it at the grip - but I could be wrong.

If you haven't got your order or you haven't opened the package I would look it over real good before I decided to replace the stock ones.
Then again if you are NOT interested in heated grips - go for it.  >:D
Otherwise I would look for heated grip replacements.

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2015, 01:27:17 pm »
Thank you SilverConnieRider. 

In my mind the grip heaters were in the bar, not the grips.

Definitely going to keep the heated grips.  Although I haven't used them yet, a January ride on my old C10 from OK to LA taught me I need them.
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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2015, 11:47:31 am »
grip buddies!!!
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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2015, 06:36:36 pm »

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2015, 01:37:09 am »
If I am not mistaken the heating element is molded inside the grip itself.

+1 on Grab On
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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2015, 12:59:47 pm »
I tried the grips in the link above and they were too tight.

I reordered theses http://www.amazon.com/Grab-On-Grips-Grip-Cover/dp/B00230H508/ref=pd_sim_263_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0NGSB7X6NDKH7KKK0AZ5

Just trying to help you NOT make the same mistake I did.   :-[

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2015, 05:39:18 pm »
I just ordered the ones in your link silverconnierider hope your right ;)   I've been looking for covers for a while can't wait to try them

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2015, 12:58:33 am »
I just measured my stock grips (heated) at 1.3"     


When you say too tight?  Explain....

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2015, 01:34:18 am »
I just measured my stock grips (heated) at 1.3"     


When you say too tight?  Explain....

I guess it depends on how accurate your measurement was but the pair in the link above mine are 1.25 -1.45.

I tried and got them on about half way and just couldn't get them any farther. 
The 1.45 -1.65 were snug but I got them on all the way and they fit great.

There wasn't much price difference between the sets.

I was just telling what worked for me.  If you want to order the smaller set - go for it.
I have 2 bikes and they both required the larger set.  Your results may vary.  ;D

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2015, 03:23:35 am »
I tried the grips in the link above and they were too tight.

I reordered theses http://www.amazon.com/Grab-On-Grips-Grip-Cover/dp/B00230H508/ref=pd_sim_263_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0NGSB7X6NDKH7KKK0AZ5

Just trying to help you NOT make the same mistake I did.   :-[


 I have had the GrabOns on several bikes, and love them. And you cant beat the price
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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2015, 12:55:06 am »
I just measured my stock grips (heated) at 1.3"     


When you say too tight?  Explain....

I guess it depends on how accurate your measurement was but the pair in the link above mine are 1.25 -1.45.

I tried and got them on about half way and just couldn't get them any farther. 
The 1.45 -1.65 were snug but I got them on all the way and they fit great.

There wasn't much price difference between the sets.

I was just telling what worked for me.  If you want to order the smaller set - go for it.
I have 2 bikes and they both required the larger set.  Your results may vary.  ;D



I ordered up the smaller set and installed tonight no problem.   Of course using a little compressed air under it makes it super easy to install or remove.   :great:

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2015, 08:52:59 pm »
Got my set today.  I ordered the 1.5 - 1.65"OD recommended on this thread and they are loose with no amount of hairspray going to take up the gaps.  I should have got the originally recommended size of 1.25-1.5.  I can definitely see where these things are gonna help though, just sucks I gotta order another set in the correct size!  EDIT: I should clarify it's completely my own fault I knew I should have measured.  Just a reminder that there are tolerances and everyone should check first!  My grips might be worn down already.  No disrespect intended to anyone, for the price these things are amazing!
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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2015, 12:32:52 am »
when you install, they are tight...but if you use your air compressor to "inflate" the grip while you are sliding it on it goes on super easy.    Just keep the tip of the nozzle under the edge as you slide it on and presto.    I also cut almost an inch off the length of the grip cover so it does not foul my throttle.   

My grips were 1.3" and are almost new (2600 miles).   I knew the larger ones were never work and be loose.   Bummer you took the bad advice.    :-[

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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2015, 01:00:47 am »
Got my set today.  I ordered the 1.5 - 1.65"OD recommended on this thread and they are loose with no amount of hairspray going to take up the gaps.  I should have got the originally recommended size of 1.25-1.5.  I can definitely see where these things are gonna help though, just sucks I gotta order another set in the correct size!  EDIT: I should clarify it's completely my own fault I knew I should have measured.  Just a reminder that there are tolerances and everyone should check first!  My grips might be worn down already.  No disrespect intended to anyone, for the price these things are amazing!

Buy the 1.25 to 1.5 set wipe the grip with rubbing alcohol  and the inside of the grab on, push and twist they will slide on. Wipe more alcohol on the grip if needed. Once in place and the alcohol evaporates the grab on will not move no matter how hard you twist it.

PS I also took off the bar end weights to get them out of the way.
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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2015, 01:41:45 pm »
Installed Grab Ons and don't like them.  The fit is fine, but I tore a bit of the foam on installation. So now I get to feel it every time I ride.  I'll probably try then Grip Buddies next, wish they had different colors. 
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Re: Grip replacement help
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2015, 04:19:08 pm »
won't tear them if you install using the compressed air trick.    Literally a 1 minute job for both if that. :great:   AND won't tear them at all.