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Old 01-31-2007, 06:00 PM   #1
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Need help with stock KLR grip removal

I am trying to install some heated grips and I've spent the last 45mins trying to remove the clutch side grip and am having some trouble. They put so much eff'ng glue on the bar, it's one clump of fused rubber and metal. I've never seen anything like it !



Before I slice another finger off-


Does anyone have any tips to remove the rest of this POS ??
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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That's about the size of it. Those Kawi guys really glue them suckers on. I also used a razer knife.........
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:06 PM   #3
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That's about the size of it. Those Kawi guys really glue them suckers on. I also used a razer knife.........
I'm gun shy of that blade now.

What the hell were they thinking?
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:24 PM   #4
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Wire wheel.
Thats what i had to do to my buddys drz throttle tube.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:27 PM   #5
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Wire wheel.
Thats what i had to do to my buddys drz throttle tube.
I think I'll try it. Thanks.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:31 PM   #6
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I spent all day doing the same thing a few weeks ago. Forget about alcohol, gasoline, paint thinner, nail polish remover, carb cleaner, starting fluid...it all is worthless in trying to soften the stuff. The only solution is to whittle it away, or blowtorch the left grip off and just buy another throttle tube for the right side. I know you've thought about it. Good luck and be more careful with the blade.

Oh, and compressed air...
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:32 PM   #7
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yeah, what the hell is up with the glue? Must be a legal thing or something. I just finished installing the dualstar heated grips on my DRZ and my throttle side looked pretty much like your clutch side. I just went to town on it like I was widdling on a peice of wood (wire wheel would have worked better though).

Once I got down to the tube it was a pretty rough surface and the adhesive didn't stick to well. I don't know what grips you're using, but I just wrapped the heating element around the tube and slid the rubber grip right on with glue. It hasn't moved yet.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:34 PM   #8
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Carefully heat the glue with a propane torch OR try some different solvents, MEK, laquer thinner???? Or heat the bar instead of the glue. Let me know what works as I see grip removal in the future on my KLR.

I have found the "threebond 1104" great for grip glue and 101 other uses on our bikes.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:52 PM   #9
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KTM gets their grip glue from the same place.
when I shortened the bars on my 450 the left bar looked just like yours.

I think they molded them right on the damn bars!
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:05 PM   #10
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Yup yup...using the dual star heaters, progrip gels and, 3 bond glue. I'm going to try the wire wheel tomorrow (after the finger stops bleeding some), If that doesn't work, I'm breaking out the sawzall.

Haven't looked at the throttle side yet. Think I'll save some grief and go get a new throttle tube.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:35 PM   #11
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Better yet, can the stock bars and get some Renthal Desert Bends (#666 (no kidding)).

Throttle side has a lot less glue and comes off super easy. Be more careful with sharp things, man! Cut AWAY from your hand!


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Old 01-31-2007, 07:53 PM   #12
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propane blow torch!

the old rubber will burn off, won't even hurth the paint.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:57 PM   #13
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A Dremel, with its various grinding doodads, worked wonders on mine.
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:10 PM   #14
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Better yet, can the stock bars and get some Renthal Desert Bends (#666 (no kidding)).
+1

the grip was still on the stock bars when I threw them away
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:32 PM   #15
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Just throw away the bars. That cheapo steel handlebar is crap anyway, and you can buy aluminum ones, in the bend of your choice, for a song. You'll still have to deal with the throttle tube, but at least I've fixed half of the problem you see, and all of the problem you don't.
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