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Old 07-23-08, 09:15 AM   #1
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Grips and Bar Ends

My mtn bike has rubber grips. I'd like to slide them an inch or two towards the stem, so that I can attache bar ends.

How do you get the rubber to slide?

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Old 07-23-08, 09:31 AM   #2
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The method I've used for many years is rubbing alcohol. Slide a thin screwdriver under one end of the grip to pull it up a little, then dribble a little alcohol into the space.
Twist the grip a bit, and the alcohol will break the bond and you'll be able to easily slide the grip wherever you want.
When the alcohol dries, it'll be as secure as ever.
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Glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol. It evaporates and the grip will remain tight. You might need to lift the edge of the grip with a screw driver, just be careful not to scratch the bar. My B-I-L did car audio installations, he had some plastic panel poppers that are wedged for prying off panels that work great. IF you're careful, you might try it with some plastic tire irons.
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I found that it's a PITA to move grips once they're on. If they're not expensive, like mine, I just cut the ends off with a knife and put on the bar ends that way. Just be careful with the cut since you can't uncut rubber.
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Aqua Net. It's cheap and it works good. It not only makes the grips slide when you want them to but, after it sets up overnight, it eliminates the dreaded "throttle grip".

When I install bar ends I move the shifters and brake levers inward about an inch, spray a little Aqua Net under the grip, and pound it inward with a hammer. The hammer and handlebar together make a circular cut in the end of the grip so that you can slide it inward.
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I use bamboo shishkebab skewers and glass cleaner. The skewers won't scratch the handlebars and, as others noted, the glass cleaner will evaporate and the grips will be nice and snug.
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WD40 with the little straw. Poke the straw under the grip and spray. Repeat around the perimeter of the grip as necessary. Can't attest to whether the grips will stay in place after this treatment, as I usually use it to REmove them, not to move them.
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WD40 with the little straw. Poke the straw under the grip and spray. Repeat around the perimeter of the grip as necessary. Can't attest to whether the grips will stay in place after this treatment, as I usually use it to REmove them, not to move them.
WD40's volatile, so they'll grip fine once it dries. I used it to install some grips this past weekend.
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