How to Remove Kuryakyn Grips


Kuryakyn's ISO grips are an attractive yet functional modification for nearly any cruiser or touring motorcycle. The grips install easily onto the motorcycle's handlebars and are secured by a strong adhesive to prevent them from moving around unexpectedly. This same adhesive, however, makes it extremely difficult to remove an ISO grip for replacement or installation on another set of handlebars. Although it appears you need to cut off the grips, you can use another method to remove them without causing undue damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • Long, flat screwdriver with a narrow tip
  • Brake cleaner spray
  • Cover the motorcycle's fuel tank, windshield and any other painted components with plastic drop cloths.

  • Separate the control housings on both handlebars, using a Phillips screwdriver, to provide access to the top of the ISO grips.

  • Unscrew the bolts from the ISO grips' end caps, using an Allen wrench.

  • Insert a long, thin-bladed flat screwdriver between the handlebar and the rubber bottom portion of the ISO grip. Move the screwdriver gently from side to side to loosen the ISO grip slightly. Reposition the screwdriver and repeat until you have worked around the entire end of the grip. Repeat on the opposite end of the ISO grip.

  • Lift the end of the ISO grip upward slightly, using the flat screwdriver, and insert the spray tube from a can of brake cleaner into the opening. Spray the brake cleaner into the ISO grip. Move the screwdriver to a different area of the ISO grip and repeat.

  • Allow the brake cleaner to dissolve the adhesive for 10 minutes.

  • Pull the ISO grip off the handlebar.

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  • "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
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