How to Replace Motorcycle Handlebar Grips

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Replacing motorcycle handlebar grips requires several tools as well as glue. Learn the best way to replace your handlebar grips with the guidance of a certified motorcycle technician in this free video on motorcycle maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Brian Bussemey From Cowboy Harley Davidson of Austin. We will be replacing motorcycle grips. First what we need to do, we need to loosen our throttle cable adjusters. We have two cables, loosen the front, loosen the rear. We need to run our lock nuts down and our adjuster sleeves. We need to shorten them as much as possible, the front one. Now these are short. We have a lot of play in our throttle now. We need to take our throttle housing apart, there's a screw on the top. It's buried down in there. We have our top screw and our bottom screw. Take our bottom screw out. We need to lift our upper switch housing up and now we can see our throttle cables. This is our rear throttle cable. You can see the slot right here, we need to get the cable out of so we need to lift the cable up, push it through. There is a brass piece on the end that's called a ferrule, see the slot in it, this comes right off the cable, make sure we don't lose these. Then we have our front cable, comes off the same way, we lift it up, guide it out of the slot. We have our brass ferrule, we'll take that off and not lose it. Now our grip is free to slide off. If you are going to lubricate it at this point, you put the lubrication on the throttle sleeve and on the bar. You can also lube your cables at this point, going back on we slide our grip on, grab your ferrule. This is for the front cable. We want to grab the ball. It slides through that slot and now our ferrule just fits on the end of the cable. This is the tricky part. We have got to get the end of the ferrule into the round portion. We need to take our pick, we need to pull our cable up and through the slot and let the cable lay back down in its cable groove. You see a little groove that all this lays into when it's properly assembled. Our ferrule is in the holder for the front cable and our cable is laying down in its groove. Now we need to put our rear cable in. We have our brass ferrule, go around the ball of the cable and we need to install the round end in the grip, lift our cable up through the little slot and you can see the little channel that the cable lays in. Now we need to put our switch housing back together, we need to install our upper mounting screw loosely and our lower mounting screw. Now we tighten our bottom one first. These go pretty tight but not too tight, tighten our top switch housing screw. We still have a lot of slack in our throttle. We are going to be adjusting the front cable, open the throttle up all the way and turn the cable until it stops. You will feel it get tight. Make sure the throttle snaps back. Now we want to adjust our back cable until we have about 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch of free play in the grip, while we are doing that we want to make sure the grip turns freely and returns freely also. We want to snug our lock nuts down and then tighten our lock nuts and slide our boots over our adjusters. We are going to be removing our left grip. We need to remove our switch housing mounting screws just like the right side and our lower screw. We separate our switch housings. At this point we get a razer blade. We cut it straight down the side and peel the grip off because the grip is glued on to the handle bar. Once we have the old grip off we want to clean the handlebar glue off, apply new glue to the inside of the grip, slip the grip on, put our switch housings back together and tighten them. We will install our top screw loosely, put our bottom screw in, tighten, and we need to wait 24 hours for the glue to dry. I'm Brian Bussemey from Cowboy Harley Davidson of Austin. This was how we fix motorcycle grips.

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