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currysurr
08-06-2009, 7:06 AM
I do, and I keep getting a lot of weird questions and comments about it. Most common is how did you make them fit over your bars.

I didn't think it was a big deal but some people seem really confused by it. I just couldn't find a set of actual motorcycle grips that I thought felt good.

Animal Delarosa Grips.

NITRO
08-06-2009, 7:14 AM
We sell Baxter BMX grips set up for 1" bars, check em out man, http://lowbrowcustoms.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=430 theyre rad, if I ran 1" bars I would use em!

BigDawg
08-06-2009, 8:06 AM
I like the ones that Baxter makes, but would like a little more variety as far as colors.

NHMike
08-06-2009, 8:06 AM
I've been eyeballing those Baxter grips too..I'm ordering some new bars tomorrow and I think the next call/e-mail will be to them for a set.

Curry - I'm guessing you've got 7/8" bars?? I don't think I could fit BMX Grips on mine.

Halwade
08-06-2009, 8:12 AM
Stick with me on this one, because it flies in the face of everything you've ever been told about oil and hand grips...

aerosol (and ONLY aerosol) WD-40 is the ultimate installation fluid for putting 7/8" ID grips on 1" OD bars and the even larger diameter throttle tube.

Make sure the BMX grips you're installing are of the soft "krayton" rubber variety (most Taiwanese BMX grips made in the last 20 years are krayton rubber), and don't use too much: a 2-second squirt inside each grip is plenty.

Some combination of the propellant and the petroleum-based oil actually melts the inside of the grip a little, and they stick to the bars like glue after the slippery stuff has dissipated.

I know--I thought it was horseshit when Billy Griggs told me about it in 1984, but it works, and I'v been doing it ever since.

Oh, 3m 77 brand spray adhesive also works great for those of you who think oil and hand grips should NEVER mix.

NHMike
08-06-2009, 8:27 AM
I spit in 'em, hahahahahahaha Seriously though, I do.


Stick with me on this one, because it flies in the face of everything you've ever been told about oil and hand grips...

aerosol (and ONLY aerosol) WD-40 is the ultimate installation fluid for putting 7/8" ID grips on 1" OD bars and the even larger diameter throttle tube.

Make sure the BMX grips you're installing are of the soft "krayton" rubber variety (most Taiwanese BMX grips made in the last 20 years are krayton rubber), and don't use too much: a 2-second squirt inside each grip is plenty.

Some combination of the propellant and the petroleum-based oil actually melts the inside of the grip a little, and they stick to the bars like glue after the slippery stuff has dissipated.

I know--I thought it was horseshit when Billy Griggs told me about it in 1984, but it works, and I'v been doing it ever since.

Oh, 3m 77 brand spray adhesive also works great for those of you who think oil and hand grips should NEVER mix.

currysurr
08-06-2009, 8:27 AM
No 7/8" for me, I am running some 1" bars. It was a bit of a pain to get them on, especially over the throttle sleeve. But if you use the zip tie technique and a little lube, it works. I use a little bit of Tri_flow as lube, doesn't make sense that it works and doesn't slip, but it does.

I just liked the idea of running the same grips on my Sporty as I do on my FBM.

NITRO
08-06-2009, 8:52 AM
Hairspray helps a little aquanet helps em slide on then dries and helps keep em on. Although trying to fit 7/8" grips onto 1" bars.....I don't know if that would be slippery enough!

billybiltit
08-06-2009, 9:01 AM
an old boss told me that
"with the proper lubricant it is possible to slide a ball bat up a gnats ass"
i use air to blow em on dry,sometimes on chrome bars they slip then i use gripstick to stop that.
i want some red odi mushroom grips.

leon holmes

scotttowne
08-06-2009, 9:03 AM
Hal pegged it. The WD-40 magically softens the grips up as well, so they stretch easily to 1" O.D. It dries in minutes and repels water. What do you have that sticks or squeeks! WD, WD, WD 40!!!

Knucklebuster
08-06-2009, 9:28 AM
+1 on the WD40. Has worked every time.

Jared
08-06-2009, 9:35 AM
I've always just put mine in boiling water for about 30-45 seconds. It loosens up the rubber pretty nice and they fit over the bars easier.

philbey
08-06-2009, 5:55 PM
This is a handy thread, given that I've been eyeing off some BMX grips lately! Perhaps it should go in the Tech section?

WayneBallard
08-06-2009, 5:57 PM
When I put new BMX grips onto metal bars I always use hairspray or WD40.

Spoke
08-06-2009, 6:16 PM
I used baby powder. The only bad thing is, if you use to much they will slip around.

L7Josh
08-06-2009, 6:56 PM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/photo.jpg SNAFU grips on 1" bars with SNAFU bar ends

lobstermobster
08-06-2009, 7:34 PM
Im need to find some "creature" green (coming from the skateboard company creature) bmx grips. i like the style of the ones with out the "rim" on the inside of the grip. like these...

QUOTE=BFJosh;2932]http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/photo.jpg SNAFU grips on 1" bars with SNAFU bar ends[/QUOTE]

did they come like that or did you just cut them off?

Stubs
08-06-2009, 8:22 PM
No way........WD40!

I have some Renthal full diamond soft grips in the garage and was wondering how i was going to get them over my 1" bars.

independentrider1
08-06-2009, 9:07 PM
your grips wont sqeak!

Scottienoooo
08-06-2009, 9:31 PM
i just remember ridin home frome school in the rain, pullin up on my bars and "pop" off comes my grip...i eat shit and my friend rides up and says"shoulda used wd40" havnt had a problem sence hahaha

JessicaWarren
08-06-2009, 9:54 PM
I will be using BMX grips, they make some pretty rad ones.

twowheelsforever
08-06-2009, 10:16 PM
It was a bit of a pain to get them on, especially over the throttle sleeve. But if you use the zip tie technique and a little lube, it works.

What is the zip tie technique?

eliwolf6
08-07-2009, 6:29 PM
not bad, put some eastlake grips on, wd worked great...... nice little trick

loubikerocker
08-11-2009, 5:00 AM
No 7/8" for me, I am running some 1" bars. It was a bit of a pain to get them on, especially over the throttle sleeve. But if you use the zip tie technique and a little lube, it works. I use a little bit of Tri_flow as lube, doesn't make sense that it works and doesn't slip, but it does.

I just liked the idea of running the same grips on my Sporty as I do on my FBM.

Will be ordering my custom FBM soon. That shop has it down! Edwin makes a nice amount off those grips, they are fuckin comfy.

loubikerocker
08-11-2009, 5:20 AM
These sell a fair bit in my shop! 50% to BMXers and 50% to stoners and junkies!
One for those who like to smoke the hooch.
Revenge da kine grips:
http://www.global-flat.com/upload/parts/2004-11-14-0-14-59Reveng_DaKine_grip2.jpg

flattrackhooligan
11-23-2013, 3:56 PM
just scored these on eBay!

I'm gonna try both the boiling water & wd40 trick

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/Ledzx3/20131122_155149.jpg

nateridesbikes
11-24-2013, 2:25 PM
I always use spray paint. Lubes it up to slide on the drys and sticks.

WBGelbke
11-24-2013, 2:32 PM
Hair spray. slick when wet and dries like glue.

antblyme
11-24-2013, 3:04 PM
Starter fluid. Been using it since 90'. Slam bars with jive tentacles

ToroNegro
08-29-2014, 7:38 PM
Hairspray helps a little aquanet helps em slide on then dries and helps keep em on. Although trying to fit 7/8" grips onto 1" bars.....I don't know if that would be slippery enough!

Aquanet...MY MAN!