Loose Throttle Grip


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Loose Throttle Grip

Post by eagllvr » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:26 am



I have the ISO Kuryakyn grips on my 2006 Goldwing. I have found out in the last week that the throttle grip is moving on me and I need to re-glue it back on. I am looking for input as to if super glue is what I should use or if others have used something else that works as good and tips to avoid issues. Thank you.



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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by Andy Cote » Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:14 pm

I remember somewhere that superglue type adhesives, while they are great in direct tension, are poor in shear strength. Some new grips come with superglue but others come with glue labeled specifically for this purpose. Black Widow is one brand I can think of. Nearly every bike shop carries at least one brand of grip glue.

Cover the rest of the bike. Well maybe not the whole thing but that whole side of the fairing. Anything that looks like it could get dripped on plus another foot in all directions.

Get the area really, really clean. I use regular alcohol but Goof Off should work. If you can feel the molding line, carefully dress it off with a file or sandpaper or an emery board. Keep that soaked rag handy.

Take the end cap off the grip.

Dry fit before gluing. Instructions say you can wrap electrical tape on bar or throttle sleeve to tighten up the fit. Seems like every time I have changed grips I have needed to do this on at least one side or the other. Wrap from the inside out towards the bar end so the ridges aren't fighting you. You will be twisting the grip as you press it on and want to twist backwards from the way you normally make the throttle move so make your wraps in a way that he helps thread the grip on as you twist it forward.

Use masking tape or painter's tape and mark a line on the grip and a line on the switch housing to show where you want the grip to be once installed. As you know the ISO has padded areas but not all the way around and when you start twisting and pushing it in place you may loose track of things.

Take some card stock and cut two pieces, each with a "half a hole" that you can tape together for a full hole and then tape it up against the switch housing/fixed portion of the throttle.

You need to move quickly but not too fast. Check that last inch or so and make sure you're not building a wave of glue. Wipe it off if you need to. Don't be afraid to pull it back off and start again. Easier now than before it cures.

Don't slam the grip tight against the housing. Once in place pull the card stock out before the glue dries and then run some fresh card stock thru this gap to clean out any glue. You biggest "Oh Sh17" moment would be gluing the metal ISO grip to the fixed housing. If that happens, a thin fingernail file might be able to find and remove the problem.

Shouldn't take more than 20 minutes so plan on 90. :lol:
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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by Dilltm » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:31 pm

If you get a little glue up on the housing, use dental floss to get it clean and clear of the throttle.
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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by Overdog » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:14 pm

Hair spray................

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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by MikeB » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:25 pm

This is one reason I stay with the OEM grips. No hassle at all. They just fit.
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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by okie2ee » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:34 pm

My grip became loose after trying to fix the manual cruise control device........the grip came off and apparently had been glued on with RTV (silicone adhesive)........I layed down a couple of strips of Scotch 33+ electrical tape on the plastic core and pushed the grip over the top of the tape...........so far it has been holding very well and I should be able to remove it if I need to in the future

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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by Bike...and Dennis » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:11 pm

Overdog wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:14 pm
Hair spray................
Yup.

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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by Bike...and Dennis » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:11 pm

MikeB wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:25 pm
This is one reason I stay with the OEM grips. No hassle at all. They just fit.
Yup.

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Re: Loose Throttle Grip

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:22 pm

I have used cotton tape on the inner piece to fill the gap, then removed the end cap of the throttle grip and placed two pieces of wire at the length of the grip, 180 degree apart, while sliding the grip over them, and installed the end cap.

These two pieces of wire created two extra holding points to prevent the grip from loosening.

I hope it helps.



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