HowTo Change Rubber Grip on Heated Grips of R1200GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by philofax, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. NWBoarder

    NWBoarder Whitmeister

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    The throttle side on most bikes has a larger diameter, due to the throttle barrel. The R12GS is large in diameter on BOTH sides due to the heated grips.That's why when you buy normal grips off the shelf, the inner diameter (ID) of one is larger.
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  2. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    Yeah, you need the right-side grip rubbers with the bigger holes to go over the heating elements.

    Again, I use a little bit of glue on my replacements. Never had any problems.
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  3. Disco Dean

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    Hairspray has worked for me for years - but it is essential to get the cheapest kind you can - dollar store stuff - as it is basically a mild glue. With no conditioners and fragrance.. unless you like that kind of thing.

    Works best if you spray both parts and wait until it starts to become tacky. It is a bit of a trick to get it perfect - to slide on and still get tacky. But it works a charm.

    My race bike builder just put on a new set of grips and used the spray on alcohol method and it worked awesomely as well - but both parts must be very clean and smooth - which is why I think you need a bit more stick on the not so smooth surface of the heated coils.

    Careful if you wire your grips with the heated elements as it can compress the elements and crack them. I wire all my grips BUT my BMW heated jobs.

    Just some thoughts,
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  4. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    I've also replaced grip rubber on BMW heated grips several times over the years. I agree that the compressed air method is great on other bikes, but the glue and heating elements required careful removal by carefully slitting lengthwise with a razor blade and carefully peeling the rubber like a banana peel. Did I say that you need to be careful and not damage the heating element wires? :D

    Going back on with rubbing alcohol (always some around the house, I'm too cheap to go buy a can of hairspray) on the heating elements and inside the grips and then allowing to dry has always served me well.
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  5. Mr. G

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    +1 On the mirrors

    Are they wider than stock. I'd like to be able to see around my fat ass and wide shoulders :evil
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  6. motorcyclemark

    motorcyclemark Been here awhile

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    I've seen those mirrors in the Wunderlich catalog, have no idea if they make them or not.
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  7. Poolside

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  8. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    yes, these are mine. i've choosen the middle arm length and all black. the view
    is better, wider and the vibration starts just at 140 km/h, the originals were
    unviewable at 100 km/h. YMMV.

    i have had them on the 650 gs and then on both of my 1200gs. just another
    screw and spacer needed (which was included).
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  9. Chris_GS

    Chris_GS I like a big pair...

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    Thanks for the thread, aside from the hairspray discussion, I was going to do this exact thing.

    ta!
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  10. NVTS

    NVTS Are you ennen oh eff tee

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  11. BiG DoM

    BiG DoM African Adventurer

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    No man - Grip Puppies far better and give decent vibration cushioning and last vety well.
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  12. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    I don't like cushy cush grips that make me feel like I dont have a good, firm grip on the bike.
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  13. JeffinTD

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    I put some cheapie softer, stickier grips on mine, but the clutch side quit a while thereafter. I'd cracked part of the heater.

    If anyone is interested, you can peel off the BMW heating element, and solder an aftermarket heating element to the BMW connector without any problems, assuming you get one with around 9.3 or so ohms resistance...
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  14. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    I went this route - works well. I did find that after I put 'em on, I had too (also two) many (they started popping up in odd places). Just rolled the spares off onto the weight. The "overage" also interacted with the Kaoko throttle lock. Oh, and one morning after a rain - the right grip rings were free to move, at least until you applied a light grip force. Never a problem with the throttle side.
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  15. Ferdinandus

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  16. maduko

    maduko Jack of All Trades

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    Be very careful removing the old grips. Cutting along the length is quite effective- but don't cut too deep!

    I had no problem on the throttle at all- but the clutch side is a bear. I ended up cutting too deep and sliced through the heating wires. Grrrr.

    I'm tempted to check the hobby shop for some nichrome wire. :1drink

    And regarding the hair spray trick- we stopped using hair spray back in the mid/late `80s when a pair of grips "melted" out on the trail. I'm not sure what brand it was, but some hair sprays can dissolve the grip material. But we found alcohol worked so well it was never a bother.
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  17. JeffinTD

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    I really saved money by buying an aftermarket heating element of similar ohms, and soldering it to the wires going to the BMW connector...
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  18. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    ?? what have you done and why?

    thanks
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    He was smoking while using hair spray because he read your saying down the bottom.
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  20. leftystrat62

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    I'm glad I didn't leave a smart comment about what I thought were his nails;because unless we were drinking buddies:freaky he looks like he could squish me:1drink
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