cure for BMW 800GS skinny grips

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Gangplank, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. satchmo3

    satchmo3 Adventurer

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    This works great. I used the same grips as the OP, but the medium compound, not soft.
    I had grip puppies on for a while but didn't like the feel off road and they didn't get as warm with the grip heaters on.
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  2. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    O-rings they sell at Harbor tools will be dead within months...
    "Real" o-rings will last years :wink:
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  3. Stackator

    Stackator F800GS goodness

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    Hey thanks for the tip, this works for me! Got my grips from Rebel this week and like the result.

    Cheers,
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  4. apleschu

    apleschu Chief Cat Herder

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    I have mine now for the whole summer on the bike and the bike is parked in full Houston sun all day. From the 50 or so o rings there is one (1) that started cracking and they will be replaced shortly. The others are good and show no abnormal signs.
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  5. wetdog1965

    wetdog1965 Adventurer

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    Renthal Soft Compound dirt bike grips (diamond pattern)
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    Seemed like they were thin and streatchy enough...

    Here are a few shot of what they looked like before I cut them up:

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    figured I could just cut the ends off and streatch the remaining tube over the existing BMW skinny F8 grips.

    Here is what they look like cut and installed on the bike:





    Look pretty good if you ask me. :evil
    Note: I used the soft compound grips, and they are pretty definitely on the
    Oh, right one other thing. Once installed they are about the same thickness or circumfrence as the outter most ridge or grip end. Maybe slightly smaller. This is perfect for me as I often find my hands resting against the outside of the grips. now they ride right up on that ridge and I don't even notice. Nice! :freaky[/quote] I think they look fine and if you buy two pair for the sizing, just share/split the cost with another rider. Cost $12 then!
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  6. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    Glad it worked :thumb

    I've just replaced mine ... the originals were getting worn. I just bought the same grip again.
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  7. YeeHaa

    YeeHaa Fang it!!!!

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    After doing a bit of boring road riding lately I have been getting cramped hands from what I believe is from the small handgrips on My F800GS.
    Then I heard one of the guys tell me that a Cricket Bat handle grip could work a treat. Then 'lo and behold I read about it here on the worlds most informative website.
    Anyway I have done a pictorial, the adition took me about 5 minutes.
    Dug around in my lad’s cricket bag for a spare Bat grip.
    For you guys in non-cricket playing areas, this is what the Bat and the handle grip looks like.
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    The Pink cover is for a Breast cancer promotion for the McGrath foundation. One of our famous cricketers who lost his wife to Breast cancer and now works hard to raise money to fight the disease.
    I am going to use a black grip cos its what I found free in the bag.
    There is another little tool I found in my son’s cricket bag.
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    I don’t know what the technical name is for this implement so I will call it a cone roller for want of a better name. That is because you roll the grip onto the cone, over the end and onto the bat. Neat as you like.
    Now of course the next part is simple, just unscrew the big bolt that keeps my hand grip protectors in place.
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    It’s a big arsed bolt and tight as shit, had to grimace a little to undo it.

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    Now I need to measure my handgrip and cut to the right length.

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    Then roll the grip onto the cone thingy and placing it against my handgrips just keep rolling it right off and into place
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    Make sure it lines up, unroll it and Bob’s your uncle.
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    Just like a bought one.
    Do it all back up nice and tight remembering to grimace.
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    I reckon for anyone with that wants a wider grip you could easily roll two of these on, kinda like wearing two condoms for an ugly bird in case one falls off… :evil
    You can get different thickness grips though and they even come in different textures. :thumb
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  8. BOHUNTR

    BOHUNTR Character and Honor Count

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    Is there a picture thread for how to install the Renthal's? I've gone trough 4 sets to far and just torn them to pieces and now I'm starting to tear the grips on the bike.
    I'm using needle nose, regular nose, channel locks, vice grips, anything I can find to get hold of the rubber to stretch it over the original grips. Nothing works and I can't get it over the first lip on the bikes grip enough to slide it down.
    I have presoaked them in hot water, and added soap to the water, then poured soap down the grip as well. Nothing...

    I'm in close to 100.00 right now with all the money into grips and shipping... they are not stocked locally, so I keep having to order them.

    Thanks,
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  9. Gangplank

    Gangplank Advenchaintourer

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    Umm.... I used the "soft" version and lubed them up with simple green. Went on smooth and easy. Just cut them to size before I put them, sprayed the inside of the renthal's with simple green and on they went. Not problem.
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  10. 2Stamp

    2Stamp Been here awhile

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    I also used simple green. I used the medium grips (darker grey) and they worked great. Once you get it over the end it just takes some pushing (and adding a bit more simple green) for them to slide on. :thumb
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  11. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    No lube/soap in the hot water. Added it when I was just about to mount them. One key thing I did was to take a large regular pliers, keeping the jaws closed, inserted the "head" of the pliers into the grip so the grip stretched over them. Then I opened the jaws to stretch them as much as possible to loosen them up. Reheat in the water several times, twist 90 degrees, and repeat the stretch. Rinse repeat.

    Then at some point when the pre-stretch seemed good I started to fold back the grip on it self so that is is turned inside out. This then is subjected to the stretching but using a slightly smaller pliers. Reheat as needed. Once the grip is about 1/3 folded back on itself, stretched, and heated for the last time. Then a quick lube, and go go go, before the rubber cools too much. Once the inside of the grip is in place then unfold the rolled over section in to place.

    This way you are not tugging on the grip with tools that will tear the rubber. Good luck.
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  12. BOHUNTR

    BOHUNTR Character and Honor Count

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    I slipped and sliced my palm open this afternoon. Fortunately I have sutures and lidocaine at home, but I'm done with this problem; 6 stitches later.

    Hopefully I will find another solution. I'm not a fan of the tennis wrap, foam or neoprene grips.
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  13. Gangplank

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    Wow. Mine went on really easy. Far easier than I expected actually.

    Cut off ends, simple green spray on, slip on, bold bar ends on, wait for it to dry and ride.
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  14. BOHUNTR

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    I found a pair of grips in the junk parts bin at the local shop this morning (2 pair actually) they were pro tapers, but called the "Rockstar" and were thinner than the renthals. I bought two pair, 9.99 and installed only the throttle side grips using the simple green and they slid on in 5 minutes.

    The renthal's I tried were the medium compound (gray color) and by comparison are very thick when compared to the pro tapers. I am guessing the compounds make a big difference. The pro tapers are single compound and I compared them to double and triple compound at the store and the single was the thinnest of them all. Maybe the ones I got were too hard to stretch comfortably... The pro tapers feel fantastic, the only area that throbs is where the sutures are!
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  15. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    The soft Renthals worked great for me. I put them on last spring and will probably put on a new pair later this spring or summer. I use rubbing alcohol to lube them and they slide right on, no tools needed. I just dribble a bit on the existing grips and inside the new ones. It dries quickly and completely. I don't like to use any kind of soap or oil that may leave a residue since I ride in the rain and am no stranger to big puddles or water crossings. I don't want the grips to start slipping when they get wet.
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  16. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    I was installing my new HDB handguards tonight, and took the opportunity to install my new grips as well. I haven't ridden with them yet, but they feel a thousand times better than the stock grips so far.

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  17. Gangplank

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    Two pair, soft compound. Use both throttle side grips. That's the ticket.
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  18. Mark5PA

    Mark5PA Long timer

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    I used YeeHaa's cricket bat handle grip method. Worked great!! Found them on Amazon (matrix pattern), $5 each (bought 2), + $4 ship = $14, and will make 3 sets. Cool colors too. Used a large broom handle to roll up and onto the old grip.

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  19. 3Rrr

    3Rrr Read Ride Reflect recycle

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    I purchased the Pro Grip Gel grips (two pair so I had two skinnies). Cost me less than $20 and 20 minutes of time. Have the OEM guards.

    My stock grips came off easily. I put the heated grips on high until they were toasty and pliable. Then, at the inside end of the grip made a slit with a knife and peeled them back.

    Great improvement. Vibe free too!

    Kyle
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  20. GS_Jay

    GS_Jay Been here awhile

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    I slid a set of the pro taper soft compound grips over the existing ones using the OP's hairspray method, and they slipped on like a glove. Waiting on the hairspray to dry and I'm gonna try 'em out so far so good though!