Right hand grip removal


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RodL
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Right hand grip removal

Postby RodL » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:43 pm



I am changing out the hand grips on my 83 GL1100 Interstate and I am having an issue with the throttle handgrip. I got the left side replaced with no issue. When I try to take off the right hand one, then assembly with the start switch and the kill switch moves with it. I am not to sure what the right way of doing this is. I wouldn't think that I have to disassemble the switch housing to replace it do I?

Any help is appreciated.

Rod


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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby 4wred » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:27 am

Not 100% sure about the 83 but on the 82 that switch housing shouldn't move with the grip.There is a detent (hole in the handlebar) and a ball in the housing to help lock in the housing along with the clamp and screws.Make sure the housing is properly installed on the handlebar before you try to remove the grip.I doubt the 83 is any different than the 82.If you don't want to save the old grips just take a razor blade and cut the old one off,much easier to remove that way.Just be careful when cutting you don't go too deep and slice up the throttle tube,good luck.

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:32 am

Old rubber grips use the red straw from a spray can and squirt some WD 40 or silicone or other oil type stuff under the grip and it will slide right off..unless some one glue the sucker...but even then it will break loose with some pressure.
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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:22 pm

If you're not re-using the grip, just take a sharp knife and cut down the length of it. Then peel it open and it should come off easily enough.

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby RodL » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:58 am

Thanks for the info folks, I will give the suggestions a try if I get time this afternoon.

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby RodL » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:36 am

I finally had to cutoff the old grip, and got the new one on there. I do have an issue with the switch assembly moving now. I know that there that it is supposed to be an indent or such for it, but it doesn't seem to be finding it. Is there something internal to the assembly that could be a problem?
I hope I do not have to take that grip off again, because it will not be easy!

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby Maz » Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:29 pm

If the bars are original and they have the detent hole (not sure cos I have a '75 GL1000)
then it's likely that the little peg inside the switchgear has been removed/snapped. If the bars are non-original, it's likely that they never had a hole and a PO removed the peg rather than trying to work out where to drill the corresponding hole in the bars. Then again, the switchgear may just need tightening! :D

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby f1xrupr » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:30 pm

You may be able to remove the screws-then the switch housing, and, using a fine flat file, remove a little metal (plastic?) from the mating surfaces, to allow a tighter fit.
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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby RodL » Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:41 am

I will take a look and see what I can do on Saturday. My brother and I are going to pull the rear tire so I can get it replaced anyway.

Boy am I glad my girlfriend has a heated garage!!

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby skier » Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:01 am

"Boy am I glad my girlfriend has a heated garage!!"

Don't let her get away!!!!

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby patbrandon1 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:09 am

RodL wrote:I will take a look and see what I can do on Saturday. My brother and I are going to pull the rear tire so I can get it replaced anyway.

Boy am I glad my girlfriend has a heated garage!!

Rod


Does your girlfriend have any older sisters with heated garages? :D :D :D

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby indianakid » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:53 pm

"Boy am I glad my girlfriend has a heated garage!!"


Just dont let your wife find out about it !!!

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby RodL » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:11 am

No worries about that, I got rid of her awhile ago..

Luckily she is into motorcycles also. We found her an 1978 Hondamatic trike. Amazingly when we had it in for service, we found out that it had a Harley servicecar rear end in it!!

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:27 pm

I cut mine off with a razor blade, you know one with the hardback on one side,,, I did that because I was not going to reuse it... I have also used a hair dryer one time and heated the rubber up then it came off pretty easy... :D

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Re: Right hand grip removal

Postby Oldbear » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:30 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I cut mine off with a razor blade, you know one with the hardback on one side,,, I did that because I was not going to reuse it... I have also used a hair dryer one time and heated the rubber up then it came off pretty easy... :D


I've been told to leave the hair dry in the house for my wife and daughter... I might have to go get one. Heat guns tend to just melt things. :roll:


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