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Old 05-12-2006, 08:51 PM   #31
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You can unscrew the control pod and play around in there without taking off your grip .
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Old 05-27-2006, 07:35 PM   #32
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About to put some newones on tomorrow, sounds as easy as it looked, but good write-up.
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Old 04-13-2007, 05:05 PM   #33
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instead of using hair spray to slide the grips on you can use rubbing alcohol and throw a match in there when you get them where you want them, then you don't have to wait for the stuff to dry. i don't know how well it will work on motorcycle but ive done it on bicycles.
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Old 04-13-2007, 05:21 PM   #34
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one of the first mods I did was a new set of grips. I had gone for a 150 mile ride, and noticed that I had to pull over and let my hands get feeling back in them. I bought a pair of 'pro grips' brand, and they seem to do well (jell filled).

I have since learned not to lean so hard on my wrists/hands, and it has helped tons.


Great write-up on how to replace the stock grips. I cut mine off as well (easy and quick), and soaped my new grips up well. Easy to install after that.


thanks for the input
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:48 PM   #35
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I just installed Progrip 724's. It was kind of a hot TX day & believe it or not, my old ones rolled off. It did take some work but they were both off in about 5 min. The left went on pretty easy with the grip glue, and a little spit for the right one. Now if only installing a jet kit were that simple. Again, try it on a hot day.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:23 PM   #36
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Great write up. I just put Pro Grip 838's on my bike in about 10 minutes total time. The left grip came off with only a little bit of persuasion using a Phillips screwdriver as suggested in the write up and the replacement slid right on using hairspray. After a few minutes, it was already solid enough that I think I'd be comfortable riding with it.

The right (throttle) side was a little tougher to get off but I came up with a method to do it in one piece. I worked from the inside out (i.e. from the centre line of the bike outward). Start playing with the grip right up close to the switch assembly and start to fold it back onto itself (turning it inside out as you go). This works to the point where you have it folded over about in half. I then used the Phillips screwdriver as described in the write up and worked it up between the plastic throttle and the grip. Using the screwdriver for leverage, I was able to stretch the grip and slide it off the end of the bar. I did hear a slight crack when prying the grip off and I managed to break a small piece of the first plastic ring off (the one they rasped off in the write up). The small piece I broke off was minor and will have no effect on performance of the throttle or grip.

With a little persuasion, I managed to unroll the grip and I now have a set of stock grips sitting on the shelf in the garage.

I chose to use the hairspray on the throttle side as well and the grip slid right on without any real effort. It too seemed to really lock into place after only a few minutes of drying. I will wait until tomorrow after work to try the grips out.

FWIW - I would recommend checking other models of the Pro Grips. The 838 seemed a little short in length on the throttle side and I've got a bit of the plastic throttle exposed next to the switch housing. You can stretch the grip (in length) a bit while the hairspray is still wet and acting as a lube so you can cover up fairly well but it's still not perfect.

Sorry I didn't think to get any pix of the removal process.
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Old 06-28-2007, 06:59 PM   #37
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Thanks for the info. Got my grips off OK (had to cut em)
Going to replace my right handle bar. Will I need to get a new grip?

I've replaced grips on a dirtbike before and had to cut them off aswell.

I don't want to start on the handle bar until I get replacement drips if need be..

Thanks!

EDIT: Read some more and see I may be able to roll them off.. Better have room for error and time to go get replacements I guess.. =/
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:05 AM   #38
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Is it possible to get a new throttle 'tube'? I'd like to just file off the grooves to make it a little easier, but I'd also like to maybe put the factory's back on. Am I just being stupid and I should just file away?
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Old 07-22-2007, 03:22 PM   #39
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Yeah , it's possible to get a new throttle tube .
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Old 07-22-2007, 08:33 PM   #40
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Can you point it out on a fiche? I can't find it!
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