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post #1 of 6 Old 07-21-2012, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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I am planning on changing my bars to ATV High and was wanting to know if anyone who has changed their bars can tell me if you can remove the left grip and reuse it on the new bars.
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sometimes a small screwdriver can be forced between the grip and bar to break loose the glue and work around the bar, or if you have an air compressor, and can get a jet of air underneath. I put heated grips on mine last winter, spent a few minutes trying to save them, but gave up and just cut them off. Grips are pretty inexpensive to replace if you damage them.


Which bar ? will you need new brake line or throttle/clutch cables? I'm thinking of new bars or risers, but don't know if the '12 650 has enough slack in those lines.
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Got the grip off with a long slim screwdriver. They are Pro Taper SE ATV High Bars. They are 32" vs Stock 30". Think I will cut them down to 30"
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I don't know if this is old hat or not, but I was at Happy Trails a couple days ago to pick up an extended upper brake line for my '09 Wee and found out that Galfer no longer sells just the upper front brake line. You have to buy the whole bike kit--$260.00! I don't know of any other manufacturer for the braided stainless steel brake lines, but at least Galfer has changed their policy. So when you go to put on an extended upper brake line for the ABS model so you can put risers or different handlebars on, be prepared to shell out more than youi intended.

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I am planning on changing my bars to ATV High and was wanting to know if anyone who has changed their bars can tell me if you can remove the left grip and reuse it on the new bars.

Use WD40 under the grip and compressed air to lift it up. Once you get it to slide off use Brake Cleaner on the bar surface and on the inside of the grip to clean up the WD40.

When you reinstall this grip or any new grip give both the bar and the new grip a quick shot of Brake Cleaned to get rid of any petroleum residues and use air to slide it onto the bar, Sweet and Easy way to get grip on and off the bars,

I never apply any grip spray or glue to my grips, They will stick very nicely to a clean surface,

Enjoy the ride, and best regards,
Blair
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I am planning on changing my bars to ATV High and was wanting to know if anyone who has changed their bars can tell me if you can remove the left grip and reuse it on the new bars.
I took a coat hanger and bent it in a Z with a long end. Run the long end up the edge of the grip and turn the crank. It will walk around the inside of the grip and move up the grip. You just have to start it in the edge. Worked for me. A trick I learned from the good guys at the a Harley forum.
Mike

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