Levi’s Tips: How to Replace Grips on Your Dirt Bike Handlebars

    August 25, 2016

Do the grips on your dirt bike look like this?

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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.

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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.

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3. Apply super glue on the inside of the new grip and also onto the handlebar itself. I use LOCTITE 404 Instant Adhesive, but you can also use Loctite® Quick Gel®.

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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.

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5. Repeat the process for other grip and then you’re finished!

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Over to You

Got any dirt bike or snowmobile maintenance questions you’d like me to answer? Let me know in the comments and I’ll pick out some of my favorites to answer in the future!

About the Author, Levi LaVallee

Levi started riding snowmobiles at the young age of eight and from the start, he was hooked and wanted to give racing a try. After placing 2nd in his first snowmobile race, Levi has continued to succeed in racing and worked his way up to the Pro Class in 2003. With the desire to win and the need for speed, after multiple snocross podiums and wins, Levi had the opportunity to try snowmobile freestyle. With the tricks coming naturally, Levi was able to win his first freestyle competition he entered (with only a month of practice) and was awarded an invite to compete in Freestyle, Speed & Style and Snocross in the 2008 Winter X Games (the most disciplines any snowmobile athlete had ever competed in). Since then, Levi has continued to compete in all Snowmobile disciplines in the Winter X Games. He has earned himself a total of 10 Winter X Games medals (7 of which are gold), a snocross Championship Title, the first athlete to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile and holds the current world record for longest snowmobile distance jump of 412ft (2011 Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. live on ESPN). If being a racer and a freestyle rider wasn’t enough, Levi embarked upon a new opportunity of Team Owner, Team LaVallee in 2009. The future? It is unknown, but one this is certain- Levi has the determination and the desire to continue pushing the limits and elevating the sport of snowmobiling.

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