Foam Grip Covers

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by r77toy, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    I think he was asking about your handguards, not the grips, but I've been wrong many times before.
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  2. Meritlane

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    thanks for the correction. that is a Touratech part added to the stock guard.
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  3. Starstruck

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    I've used Grip Puppies for years on several bikes, but I am having trouble keeping the throttle side secure on a new set on my 2015 BMW R1200 GSA. The clutch side went on fine and locked down with a little soap, but the throttle side won't stay in place. I've tried soap. I've tried hairspray. I've tried gel shaving cream (recommended on another forum). I bought a second set and tried that - no luck. I noticed that beemerboneyard recommends using a spray adhesive for their foam grip covers on the new LC bikes. Has anyone used an adhesive to lock Grip Puppies down? If so, what kind did you use and what were the results?

    Would appreciate any advice on glues or adhesives - I've never had this problem before with Grip Puppies and like the way they feel..... Thanks!
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  4. Dogslobber

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  5. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Been here awhile

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    WD 40 works well albeit a bit messy but evaporates and locks the grip puppies down. At least it did on my GSA 2017.
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  6. ryno23nv

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    I think the only difference between Grip Puppies and BBY is the pups are cut to size if you order the correct one.
    I have heard of people using tennis racket tape or baseball bat tape too.
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  7. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I use hairspray to keep the grip puppies on the bars. works great.
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  8. redwing51

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    Beemer Boneyard foam grips work just fine. I've used them for years.
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  9. Starstruck

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    I'll give the WD40 a try. Someone also suggested old fashioned Aqua Net Hairspray....
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  10. mikegc

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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Same here. Mine never slipped. I replaced them recently because one was starting to split. 3 years, parked outside at work daily.
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  12. cug

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    I just used soapy water, no issues with slipping on my 2018 GSA.
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  13. CopperGreen

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    I just installed a set of grip puppies on my 2018.
    Tried soap- didn't work.
    Tried hairspray- didn't work.
    Went to Home Depot and bought some double sided carpet tape. Had a spritzer bottle and mixed (in equal proportions) water, rubbing alcohol and then enough baby shampoo to the mix to make it slippery.
    Did three wraps of the carpet tape. It's so thin if it overlaps it's no problem.
    Spritzed the inside of the grips and a mist on the tape and slid them on. Easy peezy.
    Next morning they were solidly fused.
    The tape was "Roberts Max Grip Vinyl"
    It says permanent but if you want to remove it down the road just use mineral spirits.
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  14. Starstruck

    Starstruck Been here awhile

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    Thanks CopperGreen. WD40 didn't work, so I'll give the carpet tape a shot....
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  15. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    I tried Grip Buddies on my FJR, but didn't glue them on or anything, i didn't think I'd like that overlap flap. Then I loaned them to my son to try. He still has them.
    Then I bought Grip Puppies, the slip-on kind, and I think I liked the wrap around ones better. The Grip Puppies seem like they feel buzzier to me.
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  16. CopperGreen

    CopperGreen Been here awhile

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    Cool.
    I frankly didn't understand the whole WD40 thing but make sure you clean it off real good first. I'd use simple green, then rubbing alcohol on the bike grips and the inside of the puppies...
    Make sure you use the special slip juice when installing.....
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  17. GrumpyOne

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    I’ve used hand sanitizer for the last 2 installs. Grips slip on and when the alcohol flashes off, grips stick and haven’t moved.

    -jw
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  18. Starstruck

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    Will do. I suspect there is just enough variation in the size of the grips or the grip puppies that some of us don't get a good seal with the usual soap method. This is the first time I've ever had a problem with Grip Puppies and I've used them for many years. Of course, the clutch side went on right away and when the soap dried, it held fast - so go figure.
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  19. LAFS

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    I just installed Grip Puppys on my GS and used nothing, dry period. I use air to put them on and in about 5 min. they are installed. Mine do not move. I did trim them before I put them on as they are just about 1" too long.

    No issues at all.

    IMHO the ones that wrap around and have a seam just flat out suck. But each to their own.
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  20. Travman

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    I’ve been using the foam grips for about 10 years and change them out about every year or so. Slipping them on takes minutes and I’ve never had a grip move. Obviously, first step is to cut them to size. Take off the bar end weight. Liberally wet the whole inside of the grip, then add dish washing soap and coat the inside. Slip the end on and with a slight back and forth motion, push the grip on. If it’s too hard, add more soap and water. Once on, adjust for position and then let them sit overnight.

    I’ve used this technique over a dozen times on several bikes.
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