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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,
I'm sorry to be posting this, but I've searched quite a bit using different terms and all kinds of whatnot, but I can't find a step by step on replacing handlebars. I saw Mikes Bikes how-to on drilling the location holes (which is very helpful), but it's the only page I can find with anything like a how-to about the bars... this leads me to believe it's pretty simple. I'm really only worried about the hand grips, how to get them off, do I need to replace them, do I glue them on or not, are there any other parts that are "used up" so to speak when I replace the bars, etc.

Basically, if anyone knows the thread where it's done, please post it up! For the life of me I can't find it. I know it's going to be pretty straight forward, but I always like to go through the process on paper before I start pulling out the wrenches. Any help would be great! If there isn't one, I guess I'll write one up when I start the process of replacing the bars. Thanks!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-12-2009, 11:37 AM
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Its pretty simple...

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You can reuse the grips or try new ones your choice. Grips are the only part reused.

To get the grips off you can use a thin screw driver and an air compressor to separate grip from the handlebar. Use grip glue when reinstalling the grips. Start with handlebars at regular width before cutting. It is easier to cut more off, but if you cut to much you can't add it back.

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Another method for getting the grips off that i found easier was to use a flat screwdriver and a can of WD-40 with the little straw, stick that straw down in there and spray some WD and the grip will spin right off.

Then when I put the grips on I used.... get this.... Liquid nails... It works amazing never had any grip roll at all and i have used it for 10k miles...

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I have used hairspray for the last 20 years, makes your grips slide on easily, and Ive never had one come loose. Great for sticking the rubbers on your slingshot too!

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Thanks guys! I'm actually not planning on cutting them down, but I suppose if I find them too long I can cut them down a bit... now just a little more waiting and I can get those things on there! I'm going to be trying some new grips I think. The stock ones are okay I guess, but there's not much "give" in them. Maybe that's better, I don't know... My old nighthawk had some gel-type grips on it and they were nice, but if you change a bunch of things, you don't know what made it better, or worse for that matter.

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well honestly you don't "have" to glue on your grips ...the small screwdriver with the WD 40 and straw is perfect... I actually just got done removing my stock grips and replacing them with Some new gel padded grips . . just be sure to have some Soapy water handy to Soak the grips into clean off any grease and /or dirt... after you get done and get ready to put em back on be sure to wet the bars down with Some soapy water and push the grips on... after you set them the way you want leave em alone for a while to let the water dry out and the grips will stay... I believe Super Sneaky Steve, has a video up on Youtube that will show ya step by Step what to do... just search for it ... you'll see it

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