Replacing Heated Grip rubbers...

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by MikeO, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. MikeO

    MikeO Long timer Supporter

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    After 92k miles, the rubber grips on my 2002 GS Adv are looking pretty worn...

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    ...so, inspired by Steve Currell, from GSClubUK, I decided to swap the rubbers, whilst leaving the heating elements in place. Unlike Steve, who replaced his grips with bright yellow ones :huh – I decided to follow the more traditional route of sourcing some standard black replacements.

    I bought the grips, made by Ariete, from Motorworks, where Kevin told me that, to fit these (pattern) grips, I'd need to buy 2 pairs and use the throttle sized grip on each side, to allow for the extra diameter of the heating element.

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    The two pairs of grips came to a total of just over £20.

    So, equipped with Allen keys, replacement grips and hair-spray (Tesco's value range - 37p), I set about the task...

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    I first undid the countersunk Allen headed bolt at the end of the handlebar...

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    ...then removed it, and the chamfered washer that it fits in...

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    ...I then pulled the handguard out and forward before removing the bar end weight...

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    I have a throttle lock (from Bob’s BMW in Maryland), but I understand lesser mortals have standard BMW weights...

    Having done this on both sides, I turned my attention to the left grip. I carefully peeled back the rubber from the switchgear (inboard) end. The grips seem to be glued at both ends, so you have to slowly and carefully let the tension you are putting the rubber under to break the seal of the adhesive...

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    Once the circumference of the inboard end of the grip had come away, I started to gently roll the grip back, like taking a, erm, sock off. Yes, that's right - a sock...

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    As you can imagine, this gets progressively more difficult the further you go. I eventually managed to get the grip almost all the way off - only to find that the ring of adhesive on the outboard end was more difficult to shift. Indeed, the resin like coating covering the heating element wire had torn slightly as a result of my efforts...

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    To make life easier I decided to cut most of the rubber off with a craft knife...

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    ...before rolling the remainder back on...

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    ...in order to try and peel it back from the outboard end.

    It didn't want to cooperate, though. So I peeled off the remainder and pulled it off, leaving several bits of rubber still attached. I carefully trimmed these down with a craft knife and checked, by offering up the replacement grip, that they would not obstruct fitting the new grip.

    I turned my attention to the right hand grip and, after loosening the inboard glue, tried rolling back the outboard side. For some reason, the glue on the right hand grip was stuck much faster. After a little effort, I was able to start rolling it off the heating element...

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    ...but I decided to give myself a bit of assistance by cutting the rubber as I rolled it off. I was very careful to only cut the rubber that was folded double - I didn't want to damage the wires in the heater...

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    Soon I had the right hand grip off too - it took some of the brown resin cover with it - but I decided not to worry about that, as the grip was going to protect the wires from water ingress etc anyway.

    Time to fit the new grips. The secret weapon here (thanks Steve :thumb) is hairspray. It acts as an excellent lubricant, and a pretty good fast-drying adhesive. I sprayed the inside of the grip liberally (at 37p per can, I was willing to go a little crazy)...

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    ...then, covering the tank, sprayed the grip heater…

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    ...before sliding the new rubber on.

    The hairspray 'went off' in about 4 minutes, leaving both grips stuck fast. I did a quick function check, which proved both heated grips were working fine, then replaced the bar end weights...

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    ...and fitted & tightened the countersunk bolts through their washers...

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    ...before declaring the job done.

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    And having a cup of coffee...

    *sip*
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  2. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    great job
    and fantastic pictures. that will be very useful for a lot of folks. thanks for taking the time to post that

    greg
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  3. greer

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    MikeO, thank you very much. Sarah
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  4. Kaumajet

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    Excellent work Mike, and thanks for taking the time to post it :thumb
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  5. CroMag

    CroMag Gelande Sauté It

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    Mike good work and thanks for posting. My 1150GS grips are pretty shot and your post has inspired me.

    This site ROCKS! :freaky
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  6. Ron Melton

    Ron Melton RIDE, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT.

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    Thanks!!! :D
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  7. bemiiten

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    Nice job ! I like the stock looks .Do you know the model # or name of the ariete grips you used?
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  8. MikeO

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    Just looked at the packaging - there's no reference number or anything else on the packaging or the enclosed paperwork.

    I suppose you could ask your dealer to get you Ariete BMW pattern grips - it worked for me...

    Mike:D
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  9. markjenn

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    Dunno if it would have worked in this case, but when I'm removing grips on most bikes, spraying WD40 between the grip and the bar (heater in this case) with the long plastic tube shoved between releases the grip cement and allows the grip to slide off very easily.

    - Mark
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  10. MikeO

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    No requirement in this case Mark.

    There doesn't seem to be any adhesive bonding the rubber to the heater
    element - just around the two ends...

    Mike
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  11. bemiiten

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    I found the grips on thier website , but have not found a dealer in the US. that has this style.Ariete grips
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  12. SteveAZ

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    Mine too after 90K sure could use an upgrade. Besides these grips, what others would work? I don't mind buying two pair but it seems that with most grips even the throttle side isn't really large enough...
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  13. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    Perfect timing, MikeO.

    I was pondering grip replacement for my own bike, and your pictorial is a great guide.
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  14. MikeO

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    Gasp...

    She knows I'm alive... :rabia
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    Mike, get a grip....
















    :D
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  16. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I know how you feel. Why, she quoted me in another thread once. :lol3


    Instead of hair spray (I'd never heard of that), I've used the same trick that's used when golf club grips are installed: double sided masking tape attached to the handlebars. But I've only done this to non-heated grips. This will be a handy tip.

    Great post, Mike. :thumb
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  17. DirtRideRoader

    DirtRideRoader Armed and Dangerous

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    In the old days, on our junker dirt bikes, we used spray paint. It acted as a lubricant going on and a glue once it dried.
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  18. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    soapy water works just fine as well
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  19. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    couldn't we order non-heated BMW grips? I might have to ask my dealer.
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  20. Anorak

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    Yes, yes you can but you get the throttle tube with the grip it appears which will be more expensive than the pattern grips.
    Mike though is obviously a cheapskate so he's stealing food from the mouths of BMW's children. Not actually. Nice work Mike simple and concise.
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