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vospertw 01-14-2013 09:32 AM

Grip Glue Cleaner?

I installed the factory heated grip kit on my Versys a couple weeks ago and used standard grip glue - seemed to hold ok but did a ride yesterday with the heaters on high for about 1.5 hrs and noticed that my throttle grip was rotating on the throttle sleeve. The factory kit has the heater element in the grip so I need to reuse it and wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a cleaner spray/solution to help clean the old glue out of the grip before reinstalling. My biggest concern is finding something that will get rid of the old glue but not be detrimental to the rubber grip.

I plan to use Koso heated grip glue this time - never used it before but it's available through Parts Unlimited - supposed to be good for almost 300 degrees. Thanks in advance.

WoodButcher 01-14-2013 11:12 AM

From inside the grip, i've used wd40 then soap and water to get ride of the wd40. As I remember, I used hairspray instead of grip glue. However, i am sure I also safety wired the grips which guaranteed they didn't slip.

Ricardo Kuhn 01-14-2013 11:23 AM


Originally Posted by WoodButcher (Post 20481755)
>> However, i am sure I also safety wired the grips which guaranteed they didn't slip.

vospertw 01-15-2013 07:44 PM

Thanks all. I still have the original grips so maybe I'll use them as guinea pigs to see what works best. I did think about safety wire but they are pretty stiff grips and I'm not sure I could get enough pressure on them to hold well without cutting into the grip - which might cause more problems; internal wiring and all.

greer 01-16-2013 04:05 AM

Grip glue cleaner
How about that Goof-Off stuff:


Stan_R80/7 01-16-2013 05:10 AM

I found lighter fluid (naptha) works well to remove some types of adhesives without attacking rubber and leaves no residue. Goof-off and WD-40 are also good options (I think both have some naptha in them). Lately, I have found WD-40 very useful for cleaning bare aluminum and softening glues. Lighter fluid also works well as an assembly lubricant for rubber parts. Try some on a q-tip first to make sure the rubber does not swell or dissolve. Good luck!

H96669 01-16-2013 07:35 AM

Careful with the "Goof Off" it does eat some plastics.:cry

kubiak 01-16-2013 11:40 AM

i use acetone but its really strong stuff so watch out!

alansz400 01-16-2013 11:50 AM

I use brake cleaner in a spray can from the auto parts store to clean everything. It works great. Spray it on a rag and dab the glue with it. It shouldn't hurt the grip. I have cleaned dirty grey pro taper grips with it and had no problems. Safety wire the new grips on. Twist the wire until you see it just starting to sinking into the grip. Do that in 3 places and the grip will not move even with no glue.

vospertw 01-16-2013 01:39 PM

Thanks all! Some good suggestions. I have most of those solvents at home so will try a couple on the old grips and see what works. Luckily, I followed the Kawi instructions which, for the throttle grip, said use a "thin" coating of glue so hopefully it won't be too much work. Hate having the poor bike on the disabled list for something so simple.

SRG 01-17-2013 06:46 PM

3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover is a good solvent that won't damage paint, has not damaged any plastics I've used it on and dries quickly leaving no residue.

Young-Gun 01-21-2013 08:08 PM

removing old grips
hey guys, I hope I'm not too far off topic with this question:

I have an old set of bars and a new set. I'm too cheap to buy a new set of grips... any ideas how I can get the LHS grip off so that I can re-use it on the new bars? :ear

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