How To Change Bar Grips On My Motocross Bike?

by Ryan

Hi. I have a ktm 65cc and I need to change the grips on it. The old ones are really worn out. What's the best way to do it? I see some riders use wire to tighten them on but other riders don't. I'm not sure what to do so if you can help that will be good.

Thanks for the cool site.

Ryan - 11 years old
KTM rider

- Hi Ryan.

This is an easy one once learned but can stump a few people if you don't know what you're doing.

  • Firstly remove the old grips. You can simply use a sharp blade to cut them away. You can also use an air-compressor to 'blast' it off by fitting the nozzle under the grip and the bar.

  • Next, clean the excess glue and residue from the bar ends using water or a degreasing spray of some sort.

  • Now there's quite a few different ways you can slide the bar grips on.. here's a couple of methods. Place the tip of an air-compressor just inside the grip while sliding it over the bar. This will expand the grip allowing it to easily slide on.

    Or place a small amount of water and soap inside the grips which will 'lube' them up making it easy to slide on. They will need time to set/dry and this is when you may want to use some wire to tighten around the outside of the grips to secure them tightly. Just make sure you fold over any sharp bits so you don't cut your hands.

    Heat up the grips and bar ends using a hair dryer. This will make the grips soft and workable allowing you to slide them on relatively easily. When the grips cool down they should be tighter than a squirrels nut. You can also squeeze a bit of glue into the grips before you slide em on - just remember to allow it to dry for a few hours before riding otherwise you'll be looking at buying a new set of grips sooner than expected!

TIP: There will be a larger diameter grip and a smaller one. The one with the bigger 'hole' goes over the throttle tube. Don't mix the two up!

*I've now built a proper page on this with photos and more details. You can see it Here.

Hayden -

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Feb 21, 2011
Grip Installation Tip
by: Anonymous

Hi. I have a 1999 cr125r and have to change the grips on it all the time. I've found that SCOTT grip glue works really well because it helps act as a lube if you are putting them on by hand. Hope that helps!

Sep 30, 2010
Grips & Spray Paint
by: tim

I have had good results using black spray paint sprayed into the grips just before installation. Then wait a couple of hours to dry.. and they'll be tight as a bulls @#*& .

Good luck.

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