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post #1 of 19 Old 11-03-2015, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Grips and bars

I've ordered new bars for the bike and I have a couple questions.

1. Can I get the old grips off in one piece?
2. I need a quick tutorial on the throttle tube, just to help me understand (hubby and I will be doing the work).
3. Any reason these grips won't work? Or should I add an adapter and go to 1"



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1- Yes, but the throttle side is a bit of a pain.

2- What do you need to know? Factory throttle tube is 1". The left hand side is 7/8".

3- You can buy an adaptor and use 1" grips. You can buy both 1" and 7/8" grips and only use one of each set.
You can use 7/8" grips if you change your throttle tube to a 7/8" tube.
All depends on your preference.
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1- Yes, but the throttle side is a bit of a pain.

2- What do you need to know? Factory throttle tube is 1". The left hand side is 7/8".

3- You can buy an adaptor and use 1" grips. You can buy both 1" and 7/8" grips and only use one of each set.
You can use 7/8" grips if you change your throttle tube to a 7/8" tube.
All depends on your preference.

I ordered the same grips as Irie, but in orange.
I only ordered the 7/8", I forgot the throttle side needs a larger grip.
I'd rather order another 1" set and keep the stock HD throttle tube.


so later I can give away the 2nd two size set to another member.
these grips are cheaply priced, but I think I'll like them better than the stock grips. I tried the BMW styled "grip buddies", but the larger dia made the grips feel too big.
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Keep in mind that you will have to drill your handle bars for the clam shells and the mirrors if you're planning on reusing the stock mirrors.
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The grips actually come with a 7/8" and 1". Got lucky there.

Rock270, how comfortable are they?
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Keep in mind that you will have to drill your handle bars for the clam shells and the mirrors if you're planning on reusing the stock mirrors.
Not if you're just changing grips our the throttle tube. Only if you're changing the controls or handle bars.
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I would like to chime in with my recent experience. I just (today) put on a pair of these grips from Lowbrow customs. I bought the 1" GT Grips.
Lowbrow Customs GT Grips Black 1"

To my surprise and satisfaction, it came with a 7/8 bore left side grip and a 1 inch bore grip for the throttle side.

The throttle side went on after a bit of suffering. I used hairspray to initially "lube" and then to glue in place. I had to twist and twist and twist. This sucker was tight on the throttle tube. AND they would not fit over the 1/8' or so wide lip at the control side of the throttle tube. The grip is maybe 1/4" longer than the throttle tube and bar, but I can't feel that at all. So, unless I want to someday install bar-end something or other, it's a non-issue.

The other side slipped onto the bar almost TOO easy. Right now the hairspray is holding it firm, but if it loosens, I'll have to remove it and wrap the bar tubing with tape. Or use another type of glue stuff.

Most rubber grips I've used have a little hole in the end, which you can stick a skinny screwdriver into to facilitate removal OR installation. No hole on these. These grips are EXTREMELY beefy and rubbery. I expect to like them.
On the throttle side, on that lip that the grip wouldn't go over, I put a thin section of the old grip that I cut away with a razor blade. I purposely made it snug, to provide some friction at the twist grip. So it's almost, but not quite a push-pull throttle this way. It will help with right hand numbness. I only recomend this for experienced riders though.

So, let's see if I can post the pics I took.
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So, I'm thinking of buying a throttle tube also. That way the stock bars come off with grips attached, and there's no hassle of removing them. What do I need to look for? Just 7/8" throttle tube, or do I need a throttle housing also? Plastic ok or metal? I'm new to this stuff but trying to learn. Thanks
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So, I'm thinking of buying a throttle tube also. That way the stock bars come off with grips attached, and there's no hassle of removing them. What do I need to look for? Just 7/8" throttle tube, or do I need a throttle housing also? Plastic ok or metal? I'm new to this stuff but trying to learn. Thanks
I purchased a motion pro 7/8 plastic throttle tube from dime city cycles for $7.95 and used that with my new grips and bars. Very easy installation. The tube is longer than you'll need so what I did was measure everything out. I installed my left grip first then on the throttle side measured out everything like I did for the clutch side. Once the throttle tube was on the bike I cut the excess off the end and made it flush with the bar then installed the grip over the tube. My whole bar swap out too just over an hour. It was also my first time doing such a task. Once you dive in its not hard at all! Just remember measure twice and drill/cut once
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Thanks! I'm thinking an $8 investment is worth the time and effort saved.

My bars just arrived and they look awesome! Still undecided about the grips. Rock270, how do you like your orange ones? I can't decide if I should stay 7/8 or adapt and use 1"...
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