Re: Replacing electric hand grips
I replaced my grips this weekend on an 06 LT with almost 40K on them. Unfortunately the grip heaters must have been used or they sat out in our nice TX Sun and baked onto the heating part. So they were really stuck on there the whole length of the grip.
I used a pair of pliers to pull back the lip from the inside lip of the grip and pulled outward away from the bike to break it free from the glue. This seemed to work ok, it took a little effort, but they came off.
Then I tried to roll them off the bar, but they were really melted on so it was a long and arduous effort. I found that using a pair of pliers perpendicular to the grips and grabbing decent sized portions I could break the grip free and by coming in at right angles to the grip, and using standard pliers, it wouldnít mess up the thin wires of the heating element.
Youíve got to be real careful when trying to take them off if they are stuck on. The heating element is a thin bare wire that is wrapped around the grip starting from the outside and working towards the inside of the grip. Be very careful once you get to the end of the grip, the wire for the element comes out of the inside of the tube and wraps around the end of the tube/grip in a small channel and lines up into two channels that spiral up the plastic part of the grip. This helps to protect the elements and keeps them lined up nicely.
You should really stay away from the razor blade, as it makes it very easy to slice through one of the wires.
To put the grips back on, I used the hairspray trick, worked awesome. They slid right on with a little effort and after they dried, which in TX heat, it didnít take very long, I rolled the inside lip back a little and put the hand grip glue on the inside and rolled it back into place. Let them dry overnight and took the bike on a nice ride in the morning, and no problems. No slipping or anything.
The one issue I had was that the replacement grips donít have end caps on them for some reason. I guess itís because the real use for these are for the other bikes that have weighted ends to cover up the end. So I got creative. There are slotted plastic caps that are part of the hand grips at the end and these are perfect for adhering some BMW small stickers. I got some from my local dealer for free. They were just the right size to fit at the end of the bar. They stuck to the plastic and I rolled the end of the grip over them to provide added holding power. They looked ok, not the best solution, but worked pretty good. I tried to use a generic weighted end from Cyclegear, but since the wiring comes from the middle of the tube, it wouldnít mount in there and I was afraid of damaging the wiring if I tried to force it.