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post #1 of 30 Old 10-20-2019, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Heated grips loosening up

I had a local shop install a set of Koso Apollo heated grips last winter. Combined with a set of Hippo Hands, they've definitely allowed me to extend my riding season.

I used them pretty extensively in the spring without any problems. A couple of weeks ago, I started needing them for my morning commute. I noticed the other day, when I had the grips on their highest setting, that my left grip started to rotate, like the glue was loosening up. When I reduced the heat level, it seemed to get better. When the grip is cold, it's tight.

Since I didn't install the grips, I don't know what was used to adhere the grips. I would like to think that, if Koso provided a glue with the grips, it would be able to hold up to the heat.

Has anyone had any similar issues? Or suggestions?
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It's happened on every bike I've owned. A little dab of crazy glue helps, and some people swear by hairspray. I've never tried that one.
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Yep, hair spray. It acts as lube for the install and then glue to keep them in place.
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I suppose I'll have to remove the grip to apply the hairspray, huh?

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If its loose enough to pull completely off, I'd advise to pull it. Then if it were me, clean the bar end of any old residue. Look inside the grip for any unwanted debris and clean it out best you can. Then give the hair spray trick a shot. Never know, might be something you'll always do from now on. That's my go to adhesive and in the next week or two, I'll be doing it again. Got my new Oxfoford heated grip replacements in Friday. Waiting on my G2 throttle Tammer to arrive in the mail box as we speak!
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Hairspray is simply varnish (maybe lacquer), and it doesn't work long term either. The problem is the heat breaks down the glue's bond. There was a thread on this a while ago, and I forget what the successful glue was, but whatever you use, it has to be heat resistant.

You might do a search and see if you can find it. There were a lot of failures, and knowing what did not work for others may save you some grief.

Bottom line, clean the handlebar well w/ a solvent like acetone and you might run a dampened rag through the grip to remove whatever was used before. If there is old glue inside the grip, you will have to remove it, because it will likely melt again, defeating whatever new glue you use. Btw, RTV silicone does not work either. So there are two I have tried that failed - RTV and hairspray. (And I scoured things down obsessively before I used the goop.)
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Hairspray works great on normal rubber grips because they are very flexible, not much chop on oxford heated grips they are just too stiff, I have never seen your grips so I can't comment.

I tried a number of different glues on the oxfords and super glue has worked best, I hate working with it but it gets the job done.

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The heated grips that came with my 2016 also have the same problem. However it only creeps very slowly over a period of time.

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Hmm.. interesting. Has anyone had the glue that comes with the Oxford grips let go? I never had an issue on my 650 with them. The glue appeared to be a very fast drying super glue.
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I used a dab or two of industrial adhesive I had. Don't have to remove the grips, just pull them back a bit and put on the adhesive and put the grips back. it shouldn't be too hard to break that bond loose in the future. It's been keep the heated grips solid for several years now.It was Locktite adhesive.
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