How to Remove Motorcycle Hand Grips

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Removing hand grips from your motorcycle should be fairly simple, unless they are glued on. Then it is a tad more difficult, but not too much. There are many reasons why one would want to take off old motorcycle grips, so knowing how is important. Follow a few simple tricks and you'll be able to take the old grips off without cutting them, enabling them to be used again in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Windex

Remove Motorcycle Hand Grips

  • Remove the Torx screws from the top and bottom of the switch housing on the handle bar.

  • Carefully pull the two housings apart. If you have wires running through the bars, be careful not to damage the wiring when separating your housings.

  • Choose a screwdriver with a thin blade, one that is at least as long as the motorcycle hand grip. Insert the screwdriver blade under the end of the rubber grip. Wiggle the screwdriver back and forth.

  • Spray Windex inside the grip opening and continue to wiggle the blade. As you wiggle and rotate the blade, between the bar and the grip, the grip will continue to loosen its hold on the bar. Continue spraying Windex until you've inserted the blade in as far as it will go, and until you've rotated the blade completely around the bar.

  • Grab the rubber motorcycle grip tightly and begin to rotate it on the handlebar. After a few good twists, the grip should slide right off the bar. With a little persistence, and patience, your motorcycle hand grip should come off the handlebar undamaged.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some mechanics use compressed air and a small-tipped nozzle to put air into the end of the grips, inflating them, and then walking them off the ends.
  • Use a magnetic dish, set on top of the gas tank, to keep your small parts and tools handy.
  • When you are ready to reuse your motorcycle hand grip, apply some Seal-All or GripLock glue on the end of the grip. Put the glue only on the end of the grip and let it spread out over the surface of the handlebar. The material acts as a lubricant to help the grip slide into place. Don't use to much glue, or when it's time to remove them again, you'll be back to wondering how.

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