Levi’s Tips: How to Replace Grips on Your Dirt Bike Handlebars
Do the grips on your dirt bike look like this?
If so, it’s time to swap them out for new ones. When you’re hitting jumps during a ride, I don’t think you need me to tell you how important a good handlebar grip is.
There are lots of different kinds of grips ranging from waffle to half waffle to diamond. The kind you get is up to you, but installing them is pretty easy. Here’s how.
How to Install New Dirt Bike Grips
1. Remove the old grips by cutting them off of your handlebars. I use a utility knife for this. If your grips are secured with safety wire like the ones in the picture above, you’ll need to cut that first.
2. Remove any dirt, grime, or old glue that is on the handlebar. You can use a scouring pad or wire brush to remove any old glue and then clean the handle bars with a cleaner like LOCTITE® ODC-Free Cleaner & Degreaser. Skipping this step will prevent the new glue from sticking properly, so don’t forget it.
4. Once the adhesive is applied, poke a hole in the end of the new grip. This allows air to be released while you push the new grip on. Once the new grip is all the way on, rotate it 360 degrees to make sure the adhesive has been applied evenly throughout the entire grip and handle bar area.
Over to You
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