So you're not sure how to change bar grips on a dirt bike? This is a very simple task that even your Grandma could do, yet there seems to be a wide variety of opinions on the best way to go about it. I'm going to share the technique I use which works perfectly fine. And I'll also throw in a few alternative methods just in case my preferred way doesn't suit your taste buds.
A few easy steps on how to change the bar grips on a dirt bike
Some people use air guns between the grip and the handle bar to 'pop' the grip off. You can also cut it off using a stanley knife - careful of your digits though!
Tip: One of the grips will have a larger tube diameter - this grip is for the throttle side. Don't mix them up.
Alternative methods: Some people use spray paint instead of glue which apparently works well. Others prefer not to use glue at all, if this is the case you may need to use the tip of an air compressor between the grip and the handlebar to get the grip on. Once in place use thin safety wire to wrap around and secure the grip to the bar end. Tie it down in 2 or 3 places along the grip and flatten the sharp ends.
Question: How often / when should I change the bar grips on my motocross bike?
Answer: When the grip is torn or spinning loose on the handle bar. Or when the outer rubber has worn away so it doesn't provide sufficient grip especially in the wet. Or, when you become bored and decide to bling your bike up with some different colored bar grips.
New grips don't cost much to replace so make sure you change 'em as needed. Often they're the only things keeping you connected to the bike and could make the difference between hanging on or bailing.