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Old 12-09-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Hey all, I have decide to install the Victory heated grips on my 2011 XR. My question is, how the heck do I get the stock grips off? Thanks in advance for any advice that comes my way!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
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pull really hard!..... seriously work a slim screwdriver around under them, spraying some wd 40 under them helps, and work them off. the ends pull off
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #3
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pull really hard!..... seriously work a slim screwdriver around under them, spraying some wd 40 under them helps, and work them off. the ends pull off
Just aheads up, that is only for non-heated grip removal. This I learned on my first handlebar replacement.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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Hey all, I have decide to install the Victory heated grips on my 2011 XR. My question is, how the heck do I get the stock grips off? Thanks in advance for any advice that comes my way!
Minor thread hijack: What connectors inside the headlight do the instructions tell you to use for the grips?
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:45 AM   #5
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Are the chrome end caps a part of the grips? Or do they need to be removed somehow?

hey pete, havn't got the parts yet, so I don't know about the instructions.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
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Chrome caps have to come off first. Heat grip instructions yanking them off with a plier as they provide replacements. I've read where others have had luck with a rubber trap wrench. Myself, I pulled back the existing grip a bit and got a small flat blade between the bar and the cap. Twisted the driver a little, moved about 90deg around the cap and twisted a little more. Did this all around and they came off fine. Was able to reuse them.


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Old 12-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
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Chrome caps and grips are attached to bar with glue.

I took my chrome caps off with pipe wrench, first i put some rubber in jaws to protect chrome. Then twist and pull back and forth.

Grips was glued hard and almost impossible take out in one piece. Small screwdriver, oil and compressed air will help.

Maybe easiest way is cut grips and roll them off.
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Chrome caps and grips are attached to bar with glue.

I took my chrome caps off with pipe wrench, first i put some rubber in jaws to protect chrome. Then twist and pull back and forth.

Grips was glued hard and almost impossible take out in one piece. Small screwdriver, oil and compressed air will help.

Maybe easiest way is cut grips and roll them off.
Right on. Plastic cheep chrome caps came off with a good pull. Roll and cut the old ones worked well. good luck
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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Remove the endcaps, then cut 'em lengthwise with a razor blade and peel them like a banana.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:00 AM   #10
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When I replaced my handle bars, I was able to "save" my stock grips and chrome end by taking them off using the following method.
1. using a 6" or so piece of 2 x 4, place one end between the rubber of the grip and the flat of the chrome end
2. tap with a hammer of the 2 x 4...move 2 x 4 around the circumference of this area at gently tap out the chrome tip from the bar until completely removed
3. using a small flat blade screw driver, separate the rubber grip from bar enough to allow you to spray some wd-40 between the grip and the bar.
4. twist on the grip until it breaks free and then remove.

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