Need help with stock KLR grip removal

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Wenduro, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    I am trying to install some heated grips and I've spent the last 45mins trying to remove the clutch side grip and am having some trouble. They put so much eff'ng glue on the bar, it's one clump of fused rubber and metal. I've never seen anything like it !

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    Before I slice another finger off-
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    Does anyone have any tips to remove the rest of this POS ?? :evil
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  2. the howster

    the howster Adventurer

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    That's about the size of it. Those Kawi guys really glue them suckers on. I also used a razer knife.........:freaky
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  3. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    I'm gun shy of that blade now. :evil

    What the hell were they thinking?
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  4. CRW

    CRW I dont want a pickle

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    Wire wheel.
    Thats what i had to do to my buddys drz throttle tube.:freaky
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  5. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    I think I'll try it. Thanks.
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  6. RaiderSix

    RaiderSix R6 commuter.

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    I spent all day doing the same thing a few weeks ago. Forget about alcohol, gasoline, paint thinner, nail polish remover, carb cleaner, starting fluid...it all is worthless in trying to soften the stuff. The only solution is to whittle it away, or blowtorch the left grip off and just buy another throttle tube for the right side. I know you've thought about it. :evil Good luck and be more careful with the blade.

    Oh, and compressed air...:lol3 :poser :rofl :topes
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  7. quietrider

    quietrider singletrack seeker

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    yeah, what the hell is up with the glue? Must be a legal thing or something. I just finished installing the dualstar heated grips on my DRZ and my throttle side looked pretty much like your clutch side. I just went to town on it like I was widdling on a peice of wood (wire wheel would have worked better though).

    Once I got down to the tube it was a pretty rough surface and the adhesive didn't stick to well. I don't know what grips you're using, but I just wrapped the heating element around the tube and slid the rubber grip right on with glue. It hasn't moved yet.
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  8. carlrf

    carlrf Been here awhile

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    Carefully heat the glue with a propane torch OR try some different solvents, MEK, laquer thinner???? Or heat the bar instead of the glue. Let me know what works as I see grip removal in the future on my KLR.

    I have found the "threebond 1104" great for grip glue and 101 other uses on our bikes.
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  9. KTMRyder

    KTMRyder throttle jockey

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    KTM gets their grip glue from the same place.
    when I shortened the bars on my 450 the left bar looked just like yours.

    I think they molded them right on the damn bars!:bluduh
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  10. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    Yup yup...using the dual star heaters, progrip gels and, 3 bond glue. I'm going to try the wire wheel tomorrow (after the finger stops bleeding some), If that doesn't work, I'm breaking out the sawzall. :D

    Haven't looked at the throttle side yet. Think I'll save some grief and go get a new throttle tube.
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  11. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    Roloc (surface prep) wheels.

    Better yet, can the stock bars and get some Renthal Desert Bends (#666 (no kidding)).

    Throttle side has a lot less glue and comes off super easy. Be more careful with sharp things, man! Cut AWAY from your hand!


    Thanks
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  12. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    propane blow torch! :annie

    the old rubber will burn off, won't even hurth the paint. :deal
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  13. flanga

    flanga Delusions of Adequacy

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    A Dremel, with its various grinding doodads, worked wonders on mine.
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  14. ganshert

    ganshert not sleeping

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    +1

    the grip was still on the stock bars when I threw them away
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  15. SATEX

    SATEX Long timer

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    Just throw away the bars. That cheapo steel handlebar is crap anyway, and you can buy aluminum ones, in the bend of your choice, for a song. You'll still have to deal with the throttle tube, but at least I've fixed half of the problem you see, and all of the problem you don't.:D
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  16. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Dealing with the KLR grip glue is a rite of passage for new KLR owners, much like getting sodomized is a rite of passage for new prison inmates. Or something like that....

    I found no other solution but to whittle the crap off. 'Course, it was all for nothing as I now have Pro-Taper bars and I shoulda just switched to those first. The stock ones bend pretty easily.

    Iffen yer putting on heated grips, make sure to wrap the clutch side of the bar with a few loops of electric tape, or shrink wrap, to insulate it. Keeps the heat from being conducted directly to the bar. Especially true on aluminum bars!

    Oh, and, if your using heated grips, consider upgrading the grip glue - standard grip glue or hairspray softens witht eh heat and allows teh grips to slowly turn after prolonged use. Especially noticeable if you are wrenching on the bars offroad, like after a drop. I used Gorilla Glue, no problems with the grips spinning now.
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  17. 30Bones

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    Mine slipped right off....wait, My bike had Renthals on it and no glue :lol3
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  18. Wenduro

    Wenduro Agenda 21 Refugee

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    After some inner reflection ... I bagged the stock bars and went with the Renthals. Heaters and new grips went on easily.

    The stock throttle grip came off with one slice of the blade and a couple of hard tugs.

    Thanks for all the previous suggestions.

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  19. Wibbs

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    I was so happy to ready that not only my 09 KLR has this glue on the grips. Only NASA could have invented the stuff holding my grips on! Do most dual sports, have some type of glue holding on their grips?:huh
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  20. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    Heat gun and a razor are your friend.
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