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    Hand Grips

    I have a 1970 SL175 and I want to put new hand grips on it. The old ones don't seem to be able to come off, is there a trick to get these off and install the new ones? Any help would be appreciated as I'm tired of tearing up my hands on the old ones.

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    Generally speaking, hand grips are a tight enough fit that you usually have to cut them off. Sometimes you can use compressed air to blow into the hole in the end of them (stock grips) and they will inflate just enough to allow them to be pulled off, but the throttle side doesn't always work right with that method since the grip goes over the throttle pipe. If you don't like the grips anyway, just use a good razor knife to cut them off, but be careful on the throttle side as most throttle pipes are plastic
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    The hand grips are glued on. A utility knife with a new blade will do the trick. Grips get old and hard. New ones will absorb some of the vibrations. and make for a better ride. The same goes for the foot peg rubbers.
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    I work a screwdriver up under them and spray carb cleaner or something up there. It lubes em good and seems to dry and stick em in place for awhile on installation. Again I wonder why some grips have safety wire grooves....,like they're gonna fly off!

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    Thanks guys, this what I was afraid of. I assume getting the new ones on will be just as difficult. Thanks again for the info, I'll give these things a try.

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    New grips will go on just fine without issues. New rubber will be more supple and easier to slide on.
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    I use a needle-type nozzle on an air compressor.
    Feed air between the grip and handlebar on the switch side of the grip - you should be able to just "walk" the new grip on.
    The old one sometimes will also come off that way - if not just cut it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbpmusic View Post
    I use a needle-type nozzle on an air compressor.
    Feed air between the grip and handlebar on the switch side of the grip - you should be able to just "walk" the new grip on.
    This worked for me for pulling the old ones off and the new ones on.
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    Thanks guys, I had to cut the old ones off. The new ones went on without too much trouble. Just got back from a ride up the mountain and my hands were just fine thank you. Now I need to go to the engine section and make a post about a problem I have had for years.

    Thanks again for the help.

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