HOW TO INSTALL GRIPS THE EASY WAY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

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Dear Mr. Know-It-All,
I’m installing new half-waffle grips on my scoot, and I have a couple of issues. First, how do I get the old throttle grip off? It’s bonded to the throttle pipe. Second, what’s the best glue to use?

John Quest
Via [email protected]

Dear Mr. Quest, a numbingly pedestrian query that I’m constantly bombarded with but nonetheless one that I’ll answer. I’m very close to several of my compatriots who pilot Suzuki RM-Zs, and their throttle grips are bonded onto the throttle pipe with something developed by NASA. There is no good technique for removing the grips. I have spun them off using a lathe (this is a bit over the top) and tried cutting them off with razorblades (this was a nasty process). Finally, I came up with this simple trick; I ordered a new throttle pipe from Motion Pro! As far as adhesives go, I use Gorilla Glue. It takes a few minutes to set, allowing you to rotate the grip to get it lined up properly. One note here: once I’ve glued the grip on, I always remove the entire throttle and thoroughly clean the inside of the throttle pipe. Any residue can affect the throttle pull. Diligence is key! 

Glue on or bolt-ons? We’ll take the speed and ease of bolt-on’s!
Glue on or bolt-ons? We’ll take the speed and ease of bolt-on’s!

Ty Davis uses AME bolt-on hot grips on his dual-sport machine.
Ty Davis uses AME heated bolt-on hot grips on his dual-sport machine.

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