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post #1 of 52 Old Jul 22nd, 2007, 10:20 pm Thread Starter
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Grip Puppies, bought 'em, like 'em!

From advice read on this board I decided to buy a pair of Grip Puppies.

From time to time I get a fair amount of pain between my thumb and forefinger on my right hand. The narrow grips on the LT really get to me after a few hours.

I ordered a pair of Grip Puppies http://www.casporttouring.com/store/...Category_Code=

I ordered the small size as reccomended here. Installation was a breeze, about 10 minutes total. Two things I would be careful with. I used dish soap and water as in the instructions. Be careful not to get this on the outside of the Grip. I did, and it made it much harder to install since they were quite slippery. Do not hold them up to your current grip and think they are too long and cut off a portion. They fit perfectly as they come. Good thing I bought two pair

My first impressions are that they are very comfortable. The larger grip diameter is much better for me and the sponginess really makes them pleasant to hold on to.

I have no experience with using the heated grips with these so I cannot make a comment there.

If you have similar comfort issues to mine, this is a great way to go. Cheap, easy to install and works!
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I'm ready to get a set too - except for one question.

Here in the Rockies, it can get a tad coolish at times. I like my heated grips. How badly do the grip puppies interfere - if at all - with the grip heaters?

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From advice read on this board I decided to buy a pair of Grip Puppies.

From time to time I get a fair amount of pain between my thumb and forefinger on my right hand. The narrow grips on the LT really get to me after a few hours.

I ordered a pair of Grip Puppies http://www.casporttouring.com/store/...Category_Code=

I ordered the small size as reccomended here. Installation was a breeze, about 10 minutes total. Two things I would be careful with. I used dish soap and water as in the instructions. Be careful not to get this on the outside of the Grip. I did, and it made it much harder to install since they were quite slippery. Do not hold them up to your current grip and think they are too long and cut off a portion. They fit perfectly as they come. Good thing I bought two pair

My first impressions are that they are very comfortable. The larger grip diameter is much better for me and the sponginess really makes them pleasant to hold on to.

I have no experience with using the heated grips with these so I cannot make a comment there.

If you have similar comfort issues to mine, this is a great way to go. Cheap, easy to install and works!
+1 on the Grip Puppies. Bruce Coleman up in the Dallas area sent me a pair (actually two pairs, cuz I gave the first pair to the 7-year old next door to put on his Razor Scooter). Like you said - easy install. I just wish I hadn't cut the left one. It looked like it wuz gonna be too long and my FRS ptt switch wuz gonna be in the way. Nope, woulda fit just fine. I finally managed to take off the shortened piece; push on the cut-off piece; and put the other piece back on. Small seamage there, butt it don't care and neither do me or ole Toad. Good advice about not cutting.

I have ridden in somewhat cold weather and they don't seem to impede the heat flow, once they're warmed up.

BTW - kid next door axed his mom if he could git heated grips for his Razor like ole Toad!!
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"I have ridden in somewhat cold weather and they don't seem to impede the heat flow, once they're warmed up. "

+1 to Dick's comment. . .
A couple of times I've accidentally turned on the heated grips switch and I notice the warmth to my summer riding gloves through those puppies.


My right hand used to go numb . . no more

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How badly do the grip puppies interfere - if at all - with the grip heaters?
Not at all. After getting and installing a pair on my LT, I tried the heaters and could tell no difference in how the heat felt/functioned.
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Good enough for me!

Thanks guys.

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Heated grips work fine. Best thing you won't be replacing your heated grips. These protect the expensive BMW grips. I had a bit of a time getting use to the thicker grip, but this went away.

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If you have similar comfort issues to mine, this is a great way to go. Cheap, easy to install and works!
Thanks for the review Brian. I ordered a pair, and promise not to cut them before installation!

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Just ordered a pair.
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These hold up very well too. I'm on third season with same pair....sweat, heat, normal abuse of the grip....they're as good as they were the day I put them on.

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I have had'em on my bike and love'em. The heat works well and they are easier to hold on to. Better grip than stock.

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On all the positive posts on these I just ordered 2 sets.

One of my issues is the thinness of the grips they are a problem for me, especially twisting the wick.

Thank you for the endorsements.
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I have a friend who has short fingers - will he have difficulty holding on to the Grip Puppies?
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Hi Shawn,


Not knowing any other information, I can't give you a great answer. I will say that I estimate they increase the diameter of the original grip by somewher between 20 and 30%. Please accept this as a gustimate.

I would say that if the original grips are anywhere close to being a stretch, I would not reccomend the change.

Hope that helps,

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Not knowing any other information, I can't give you a great answer. I will say that I estimate they increase the diameter of the original grip by somewher between 20 and 30%. Please accept this as a gustimate.

I would say that if the original grips are anywhere close to being a stretch, I would not reccomend the change.

Hope that helps,

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Thanks Brian... Yeah it does I....errrr, my friend.... has short fingers but not something terribly weird ....

Sounds like it might make for a softer more relaxed grip as welll...

Guess I'll follow the herd and order a set - if they don't work, i'll blame you!
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Na, no need to blame anyone - just trade your bike!

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Funny Tate... No way I'll do that...
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Guess I'll follow the herd and order a set - if they don't work, i'll blame you!


You...er...your friend will love them. It's great when something is easy and meets your expectations
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I just put my order in for a pair too. d.
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Use with Trottle Rocker?

Ok, you sold me on them too, but does anyone use them with a trottle rocker on the right grip? Will it fit over these?

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Ok, you sold me on them too, but does anyone use them with a trottle rocker on the right grip? Will it fit over these?
I have the one with the velcro strap and it works very well. Just pull it tight when you install it.

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Considered them when my '03 grips started cracking. Never got around to it before the bike was totalled. Just ordered 2 sets for the new bike. If I like them I will need another set for one of my buddies to have.

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I've had mine for about six months, & without the rocker, my right hand kept getting cramps - so I took the right one off. With the rocker, there's no problem. I suspect the issue may be related to throttle torque/spring load vs hand size.

The rocker has always fixed that problem for me... BTW, both work with the heated grips (turned on, that is...)
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i ordered my grip puppies tues...they were here thurs
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Ok, you sold me on them too, but does anyone use them with a trottle rocker on the right grip? Will it fit over these?
Yes! I just put mine on with the (original) Throttle Rocker last night. Seems to work fine.

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Mine came in today. The throttle rocker did fit over them but, I'm thinking of trimming the grip & letting the rocker fit down flush with the grip.
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Yep, Mine came yesterday, on today

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Received mine today, they go on tomorrow. What great service!! d.
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With all the positive energy this thread has been generating, I too ordered a couple of pairs.

Wow, I never liked most padded grips, but these feel great!

Thanks for the tip and the hardy recommendations!

BTW, I applied the soapy water solution to the BMW grips NOT the Grip Puppies and they pretty much just slid on. I think that is a better way than trying to lube the inside of a tube!

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good stuff

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Ok, Ok.....I have the Grip Puppies(small) and what am I doing wrong to install? I've mixed Joy and water, Joy straight and Murphies and these things are fighting back. I got one on appx 1" and that seemed to be about it. Slick fingers, etc. I put it inside, I dipped it and I put it on the grip. No go! I have stripped my LT and this has been the hardest. Is it possible my grips aren't the same size as everyone else's?
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Patience is the key! They will go on, but it takes persistence, as they go a little at a time. But once they are on they ain't gonna slide off easily, and that's what ya want!

I managed to both pull from the inside, and push from the end in order to get mine on. And that is after I had soaped the inside of the grip puppies as well as the outside of the factory grips. Slow but sure.

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Ok, Ok.....I have the Grip Puppies(small) and what am I doing wrong to install? I've mixed Joy and water, Joy straight and Murphies and these things are fighting back. I got one on appx 1" and that seemed to be about it. Slick fingers, etc. I put it inside, I dipped it and I put it on the grip. No go! I have stripped my LT and this has been the hardest. Is it possible my grips aren't the same size as everyone else's?
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I had the most success by turning while I pushed...then they just kind of...screwed on...

For me, getting them started past the wide end of the grip was the hardest part.

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I'll go at it again when I get home. A cool one, some slickum and patience(wife says I don't have any of that) and just maybe they'll give up.

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Thanks Brian for the recommendation. I've always had problems with my right hand cramping on the LT...first bike I've ever had that problem with. I assumed it was due to the small diameter grips, so I've ordered a pair of Puppies.

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I found the key was to twist the puppies as I pushed them into place. Work slowly with constant pressure. They're nice and comfy. dwillie.
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If You Have it Use Air

I put mine on this weekend and had the same problem. My fingers got slick with soap and could not get a grip. I have a small air compressor in the garage I use for filling tires so I slipped the tip of a blow gun under the lip of the puppy and blew bursts of air in as I twisted and pulled. Worked like a charm. They slid right into position.

So far I really like them. Just back forth to work so far. No long trips yet but I feel I have a better grasp of the situation.

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I found the key was to twist the puppies as I pushed them into place. Work slowly with constant pressure. They're nice and comfy. dwillie.
That's the key. Twist as you pull them on and once they are there, they will not move.

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The Puppies are on but do not seem to make any difference in my right hand numbness.
I got real smart and decided I'd use that soap that foams as it exits the bottle. They slipped on so fast! Three minutes and they were on. Only problem is that stuff doesn't seem to dry. It even seemed to get slicker in the heat of the day. I could barely twist the throttle so I snatched them off.
Then I used rubbing alcohol, just like the bicycle shops do. Maybe 5 minutes to install but they are like glued on.
I think I like the extra thickness though.

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Grip puppies

Best 8 bucks and change spent on the bike so far. I love the grip puppies.

It makes the grip size equivalent to my bars on my CR250. I just can't pop wheelies as easy on the LT like I can on my dirt bike though.

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whats the shelf life on these things? Think I better get three more before they runout or go up ! There was other grips like these but, with a little softer and thicker sponge on them ,had them on 86K100RS,liked them too could never find them again,buy two for each bike!
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I just installed a throttle rocker ... didn't have time to get grip puppies before my trip ... WHAT A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in holding the throttle.

Any difficulty in holding or working the stiff throttle with older LT's like mine (2002) GONE!
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I just installed a throttle rocker ... didn't have time to get grip puppies before my trip ... WHAT A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in holding the throttle.

Any difficulty in holding or working the stiff throttle with older LT's like mine (2002) GONE!
I have the throttle rocker over the grip puppies. Best of both worlds.

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Re: Grip Puppies, bought 'em, like 'em!

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I have the throttle rocker over the grip puppies. Best of both worlds.

Used a throttle rocker last season -- loved it (esspecially in the twisties where using Cruise doesn't work well) but it cut my OEM grip. Now there are ever expanding tears in my throttle side grip.
How do I order these Grip Puppies? Better yet, will the vendor be at Americade in a few weeks? If so I'll get them there.
Do they slip on over the OEM grips?
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Used a throttle rocker last season -- loved it (esspecially in the twisties where using Cruise doesn't work well) but it cut my OEM grip. Now there are ever expanding tears in my throttle side grip.
How do I order these Grip Puppies? Better yet, will the vendor be at Americade in a few weeks? If so I'll get them there.
Do they slip on over the OEM grips?
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Check with the vendor here about being at Americade. Otherwise, you can order from their website, I think. And they do slip over the OEM grips.
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