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Old 08-23-2009, 09:51 AM   #16
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i have always used compressed air to remove and install grips. can you use it with the 12GS? if the OEM grips are not "stuck" on to the wires, then it should make removing them very easy.
Agreed. But on my 05, a lot of glue was used and the air nozzle didn't work. It was a labor intensive process.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:34 AM   #17
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Nice write-up!

Two comments:

Grips can be easily removed if you have an air compressor and a trigger activated air nozzle.
no way ... they are glued on and the heating wires were melting it all
together. u have no chance for compressed air at the 1200gs with
heated grips. the standard version w/o heating .. yes, there it can
maybe a good choice of waepon.

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The other point is that you only need to spray your adhesive (clear spraypaint works well, too, and is not water soluble like hair spray) into the grip cavity. When you spray it on the handlebar, it gets pushed in front of the grip as you slide it on and does little good.
hairspray is not slippery when wet .. as far as i know .. but i will see and i
will tell if something happend.
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:01 PM   #18
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+1 on hair spray, or French manicure nail polish of course! Now we know where he got the hair spay!
No, wasn't mine. I threw away the can I bought two years ago (to install new grips) about a month ago.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:36 PM   #19
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Ive found that the blow nozzel method doesnt work too well with the stock 1200 grips. The heating coils make a rough surface that tends to grab the rubber. Also, there will be factory glue that must be carefully cut through.

The best way that Ive found to remove the old rubbers is to simply cut them and carefully roll the pieces off. You dont need to preserve them.

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Old 08-25-2009, 09:22 PM   #20
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Why use two right side grips? What's the difference between the left and right grips? I checked, left and right do have different part #'s.

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Old 08-25-2009, 10:54 PM   #21
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Why use two right side grips? What's the difference between the left and right grips? I checked, left and right do have different part #'s.

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The throttle side on most bikes has a larger diameter, due to the throttle barrel. The R12GS is large in diameter on BOTH sides due to the heated grips.That's why when you buy normal grips off the shelf, the inner diameter (ID) of one is larger.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:23 AM   #22
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Yeah, you need the right-side grip rubbers with the bigger holes to go over the heating elements.

Again, I use a little bit of glue on my replacements. Never had any problems.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:20 AM   #23
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Hairspray has worked for me for years - but it is essential to get the cheapest kind you can - dollar store stuff - as it is basically a mild glue. With no conditioners and fragrance.. unless you like that kind of thing.

Works best if you spray both parts and wait until it starts to become tacky. It is a bit of a trick to get it perfect - to slide on and still get tacky. But it works a charm.

My race bike builder just put on a new set of grips and used the spray on alcohol method and it worked awesomely as well - but both parts must be very clean and smooth - which is why I think you need a bit more stick on the not so smooth surface of the heated coils.

Careful if you wire your grips with the heated elements as it can compress the elements and crack them. I wire all my grips BUT my BMW heated jobs.

Just some thoughts,
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:42 AM   #24
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I've also replaced grip rubber on BMW heated grips several times over the years. I agree that the compressed air method is great on other bikes, but the glue and heating elements required careful removal by carefully slitting lengthwise with a razor blade and carefully peeling the rubber like a banana peel. Did I say that you need to be careful and not damage the heating element wires?

Going back on with rubbing alcohol (always some around the house, I'm too cheap to go buy a can of hairspray) on the heating elements and inside the grips and then allowing to dry has always served me well.
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:52 AM   #25
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Nice mirrors, which brand are they? The mirror surface looks like two 'flats', instead of that wide angle curved glass stuff.

+1 On the mirrors

Are they wider than stock. I'd like to be able to see around my fat ass and wide shoulders
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:39 PM   #26
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Wunderlich mirrors

I've seen those mirrors in the Wunderlich catalog, have no idea if they make them or not.
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:55 PM   #27
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I've seen those mirrors in the Wunderlich catalog, have no idea if they make them or not.
[hijack] Thanks for the lead. They are made by Master View, http://www.mfw-wolf.de/en/products/m...rs/master-view
Wunderlich and Twisted Throttle sell them http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/5056 [/hijack]


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Old 08-30-2009, 02:50 PM   #28
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[hijack] Thanks for the lead. They are made by Master View, http://www.mfw-wolf.de/en/products/m...rs/master-view
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yes, these are mine. i've choosen the middle arm length and all black. the view
is better, wider and the vibration starts just at 140 km/h, the originals were
unviewable at 100 km/h. YMMV.

i have had them on the 650 gs and then on both of my 1200gs. just another
screw and spacer needed (which was included).
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:29 AM   #29
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Thanks for the thread, aside from the hairspray discussion, I was going to do this exact thing.

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Old 09-03-2009, 04:07 AM   #30
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I can't stand the thin nature of the 1200 GS grips. So I'm going this route as mine aren't worn out yet. NVTS

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