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Noticing that several people have wanted to replace their stock BMW Grips but weren't sure about how to do it and retain the heated feature, I thought I would take a few pics and describe the procedure here. Tony, since your grips literally had a hole worn in them and I had a new set of grips here, I used your bike as a model. It really is not difficult at all. Here goes:

1. VERY CAREFULLY cut the exisitng grip off the heated sleeve. NOTE: This must be done delicately so as not to cut into or through any of the wires in the heating element. (see Pic 1).

2. Pull old grip off the end of the handlebar and clean remaining surface and let dry (see pics 2 & 3).

3. Apply a liberal coat of either grip cement (or contact cement) to the heated element and the INSIDE of the new grip (pic 4).

4. Carefully work the new grip on to heated sleeve BEFORE the glue dries (pic 5). Note: Once the grip is in place and the glue begins to dry it is VERY difficult to move the grip around so make sure you get it all the way onto the bar and in position before your stop pushing.

5. Enjoy your new grips! And yes...the heater still works! (see pic 6)
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Good info, I replaced mine a year or so back for non-oem (I've got big hands). To prevent me from being stupid I slid a long handle feeler gauge under the grip when I cut the old one off. First cut the top of the grip so you can get it in, then slice away. nice to have a piece of metal under the razor!!

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Good info, I replaced mine a year or so back for non-oem (I've got big hands). To prevent me from being stupid I slid a long handle feeler gauge under the grip when I cut the old one off. First cut the top of the grip so you can get it in, then slice away. nice to have a piece of metal under the razor!!

Now, there ya go! What a great tip! I suppose it would have to be a "thicker" feeler gauge, but what a great safeguard! And Mike...thanks for the grips!!! They look good on Tony's bike.

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Will it be equally as easy to remove the new grips that you glued over the heated sleeve? Just follow the same procedure with the extra long feeler gauge? Just had new OIM ones installed....but this is a great reference to keep in my favorites for future use!
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Good info, I replaced mine a year or so back for non-oem (I've got big hands). To prevent me from being stupid I slid a long handle feeler gauge under the grip when I cut the old one off. First cut the top of the grip so you can get it in, then slice away. nice to have a piece of metal under the razor!!
I take it then that the OEM grip is not glued on and is just a friction fit. I would think with adhesive it would not be possible to use a feeler gauge as a cutting guard, right?

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Noticing that several people have wanted to replace their stock BMW Grips but weren't sure about how to do it and retain the heated feature, I thought I would take a few pics and describe the procedure here. Tony, since your grips literally had a hole worn in them and I had a new set of grips here, I used your bike as a model. It really is not difficult at all. Here goes:

1. VERY CAREFULLY cut the exisitng grip off the heated sleeve. NOTE: This must be done delicately so as not to cut into or through any of the wires in the heating element. (see Pic 1).

2. Pull old grip off the end of the handlebar and clean remaining surface and let dry (see pics 2 & 3).

3. Apply a liberal coat of either grip cement (or contact cement) to the heated element and the INSIDE of the new grip (pic 4).

4. Carefully work the new grip on to heated sleeve BEFORE the glue dries (pic 5). Note: Once the grip is in place and the glue begins to dry it is VERY difficult to move the grip around so make sure you get it all the way onto the bar and in position before your stop pushing.

5. Enjoy your new grips! And yes...the heater still works! (see pic 6)
Is the notch shown in picture 3 there by design or is that just wear on the heating element?

Was the new grip a BMW replacement or an aftermarket item?

Nice work and picture documentary!

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Is the notch shown in picture 3 there by design or is that just wear on the heating element?
Having just recently replaced mine, that notch is where the wire connects to the heater element and "folds back" into the bar end, IIRC.


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I take it then that the OEM grip is not glued on and is just a friction fit. I would think with adhesive it would not be possible to use a feeler gauge as a cutting guard, right?
I replaced mine with OEM rubber grips, and they are not simply friction fit. They WILL slip with just the slightest bit of moisture (easy to get when the heat is applied), so some grip glue is required. The OEM grips are, however, friction fit (as well as tapered with barbs, IIRC) on the plastic carrier that's used if you have NON heated grips. That carrier needs to be removed when installing the OEM grips onto a heated setup.

I wasn't happy with the overall diameter of the grip, so I made them bigger by installing TWO grip puppies over each grip - pretty comfortable and a cheap way to make the grips bigger.

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Is the notch shown in picture 3 there by design or is that just wear on the heating element?

Was the new grip a BMW replacement or an aftermarket item?

Nice work and picture documentary!

I think the "notch" you are speaking of was a result of the previous grips being worn intirely out to the place that the wire was actually exposed. I rode the bike recently after repairs and had no gloves. I turned the grip[ warmers on and noticed a VERY hot spot. looked down and there is was...an exposed wire...almost burnt me! That's when I decided to replace the grips. Rather than try to bend it back straight, I just left it alone since it wasn't broken. I feared that trying to straighten it, might cause it to break.

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Will it be equally as easy to remove the new grips that you glued over the heated sleeve? Just follow the same procedure with the extra long feeler gauge? Just had new OIM ones installed....but this is a great reference to keep in my favorites for future use!
Thanks!

They may be a bit more difficult to remove, but not really that tough. I have never tried the feeler gauge method anyway. I am just REALLY careful when I'm cutting and use a new blade. It just cuts right thru it. Once you get it going, you can grab one side of the cut and pull it upward (which lifts the grip off the element) and you can cut the grip w no fear of damaging the elements.

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Where did you purchase the grips and do you have the part numbers? Thanks
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Mike St. Just purchased the grips...not sure where he got them, but they are "Motoboss Custom Foam Grips". This number was on the package M05-0145 They were 14.99

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I swapped my rubber grips for the Kuryakyn grips using the method posted here by DShealy and Silver Buffalo.

I wonder if this would work on the GT or the RT as well?

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What was the diameter of the replacements?
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I thought the stock grips were too small. I have large hands too. I went to the local Hog-Dog shop and picked up a set of Drag Specialties Sundance replacement foam grips. One grip has a plastic sleeve inside of it. I pulled out the sleeve and put a little dish soap on the inside of the foam grips and slid them over the stock grips. It made the grips thicker and reduced the vibration I felt from the stock grips. If they ever wear out I'll just cut them off and install new ones and the stock grips will never see any wear. Over 70k miles and they show no sign of wear yet. The heat comes through fine in low or high position. The part number is DS-243125. I like the look of the grip too.
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Here's an inexpensive (er..."cheap") solution using something you probably have laying around unused in a kitchen cabinet or somewhere in the garage.

Ingredients: two neoprene "Koozies", 16" of male/female velcro, the wife's sewing machine (when she's not looking or at home....mine caught me! and the willingness to say you used a sewing machine!

One day after a ride I noticed a slight numbness in my hand and thought it would be nice to wrap the brand new OEM grips (old ones were worn and replaced by the dealer) with something that would soften the vibration and increase the diameter of the handlebars. I rolled into the garage and....there on my workbench sat two "koozies" completely unused (the fridge isn't too far and the amber beverages never last long enough to get warm)!

I decided to cut the bottom of each koozie off and cut the seam on one side to create a 4.5" long piece. I decided it would be easier to beg forgiveness than to ask ahead of time to use der frau's sewing machine ....read the instructions and read them again 'cause I didn't want to break something. I then cut two lengths of velcro (male and female) for each wrap and began sewing. Ok....I know it isn't "manly," but I was on a roll! I did make a few mistakes (didn't realize there was a reverse button on the machine...missed that in the instruction reading! ) and had to start over. Eventually, after about 20 minutes, I completed the modification of the koozies to something I could easily put on or remove. Below are the pictures of the two pieces with the labels of how to connect them.

A & B = female velcro piece sewn onto the black side (which will be the exposed side)
C & D = male velcro piece sewn onto the colored side (which will wind up being the inside)

Wrap A to C (you need to measure this before sewing) and then D to B.

The end products are shown in the last two pictures.

Final preparation: take wife out to dinner with the money you save after putting up her sewing machine!

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Here's an inexpensive (er..."cheap") solution using something you probably have laying around unused in a kitchen cabinet or somewhere in the garage.

Ingredients: two neoprene "Koozies", 16" of male/female velcro, the wife's sewing machine (when she's not looking or at home....mine caught me! and the willingness to say you used a sewing machine!
That is a neat idea, but given that I paid only $8 for m Grip Puppies, and that included shipping, even 20 minutes of time isn't all that good of a deal.
At least I'm not quite THAT cheap, and I'm pretty cheap!

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Here's an inexpensive (er..."cheap") solution using something you probably have laying around unused in a kitchen cabinet or somewhere in the garage.


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I saw these.. they looked good! effective.. and you can add/remove to fit your hand or for a "change of pace" on long rides...

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That is a neat idea, but given that I paid only $8 for m Grip Puppies, and that included shipping, even 20 minutes of time isn't all that good of a deal.
At least I'm not quite THAT cheap, and I'm pretty cheap!
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Dang....only 8 clams.....now I find out! Oh well, I learned on both accounts!


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Jack:

I have a somewhat different problem with my right grip, mainly the heater. When I first turn them on both warm up rather quickly. But as time goes by, the right seems to loose its warmth, meaning it is not heating as much as the left side. Any clue on what could be causing this?

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That is a neat idea, but given that I paid only $8 for m Grip Puppies, and that included shipping, even 20 minutes of time isn't all that good of a deal.
At least I'm not quite THAT cheap, and I'm pretty cheap!
Installed Grip Puppies and can't get the throttle side to stop slipping when I attempt to accelerate. To fix it I have gone so far as to tighten it on with 5 zip ties ... UGLY!!
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I have a somewhat different problem with my right grip, mainly the heater. When I first turn them on both warm up rather quickly. But as time goes by, the right seems to loose its warmth, meaning it is not heating as much as the left side. Any clue on what could be causing this?

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Nope. But, I did notice that if I removed either hand from the grip (to change radio, scratch an itch, etc) that particular hand would take a while to heat back up. The cool air seemed to cool the grip and hand taking it a while to recover. Try and notice if that is the case.

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Installed Grip Puppies and can't get the throttle side to stop slipping when I attempt to accelerate. To fix it I have gone so far as to tighten it on with 5 zip ties ... UGLY!!
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I have never had that problem. Now...they do sell two sizes and I have always installed the smaller diameter ones. I usually use an air compressor hose to get them on and they hold really great! Check and see what size you ordered.

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Nope. But, I did notice that if I removed either hand from the grip (to change radio, scratch an itch, etc) that particular hand would take a while to heat back up. The cool air seemed to cool the grip and hand taking it a while to recover. Try and notice if that is the case.
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No, this is when the hand has been on it for say 30 minutes, never taken off, it does not warm as much as the left side. Now there have been times when I have switched them off, then back on and it would heat up again, but still not as hot as the left. The only time it is as hot as the left is when they are first switched on, like in the first 5-10 minutes.

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Just becasue I am a Smart A$$....

Can the mods start a new section for us? I think the heading

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post #29 of 31 Old Apr 4th, 2010, 12:50 pm
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Re: Replacing Grips

Does anyone happen to know what size the replacement grips should be?

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Re: Replacing Grips

Pastor Jack...
My grip warmers blow the fuse.....but not instantly. They'll heat up for one ride....maybe two. Then the next time I try them, they won't work...I check the fuse and it's blown. Can you, or anyone else, suggest a place to start looking for the problem? Should I assume it's under the grips and cut them off to see what I find?

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post #31 of 31 Old Jun 13th, 2010, 10:18 am
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Re: Replacing Grips

What size Grips did you use (1"). Also how is the heating working?
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