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I have tried contact cement to glue the hand grip back on .but now 5k later it's loose again.. I was told to use hair spray , or black electrical tape to wrap on the bar then shove the grip back on.. What does the factory use ?
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I have tried contact cement to glue the hand grip back on .but now 5k later it's loose again.. I was told to use hair spray , or black electrical tape to wrap on the bar then shove the grip back on.. What does the factory use ? View attachment 816757
I can't say what the factory uses.

For Soft grips: Bicycle or dirt bike style:
I have always had good results with Aqua Net hair spray. Spraying the inside of the grip with a heavy wet coat, slide the now sloppy grip onto the throttle sleeve and leave it overnight to dry. Has to be removed with a sharp blade or by blasting shop air through a very tight blower, aimed between the grip and the bar..

Hard grips:
That i have used don't require glue. The proper grip should have a groove that interlocks with the handlebar switch housing that prevents the grip from siding off.

Are you sure that grip is designed for your bike?
I ask because of the throttle tube vs a hard grip. It can be done using RTV and allowed plenty of dry time.
 
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IMO clean with brake cleaner and scrub until no residue remains then apply super glue to the inside of the grip and slide onto the bar, let setup for a few minutes and you're good to go.
If that doesn't work the grip needs to be replaced. Looking at the pic I'd say time for a new set of grips !
 

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I've used this with really good results. There's other stuff out there, I just haven't used any of it. Just clean everything off the bar first.

 
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I was riding up a twisty country road hill and had cranked on the throttle enough that it threw me back in the seat a bit. My left grip came off in my hand. (I did manage to not soil my pants.) I tried a glue recommended by the guy at the auto store, and it didn't last a week. I stopped by a biker clothing store for something and griped to the owner. He sold me a tiny little tube of "grip glue" .I cleaned the handle bar very well with acetone and let it dry then the "grip glue" it has held tight ever since. Sorry I do not remember the brand but it did say for handle bar grips right on the label. I heard it may also be sold at some places that sell a lot of bicycle accessories.
 

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I can't say what the factory uses.

For Soft grips: Bicycle or dirt bike style:
I have always had good results with Aqua Net hair spray. Spraying the inside of the grip with a heavy wet coat, slide the now sloppy grip onto the throttle sleeve and leave it overnight to dry. Has to be removed with a sharp blade or by blasting shop air through a very tight blower, aimed between the grip and the bar..

Hard grips:
That i have used don't require glue. The proper grip should have a groove that interlocks with the handlebar switch housing that prevents the grip from siding off.

Are you sure that grip is designed for your bike?
I ask because of the throttle tube vs a hard grip. It can be done using RTV and allowed plenty of dry time.
Thanks 1/2 Ton.. I bought the bike from an insurance company after it had been in a shop fire. .Just looking at the photo I took when I first got it home back in 1995 .I see no grip on it at all. I have soft rubbery ones ,. A strange thing happened tonight . I was looking at the bar and hand grip, and started peeling the contact cement off . Unlike the photo ( in my other post) the cement peeled off leaving a black bar under it to see how much room I had to work with I pushed the soft grip onto the bar, and it stuck like it was glued . Those bars are buck horns and very comfortable for long trips. I can easily angle them down ward a bit more and have the same comfort. If I do that I won't be pulling the grip off, but I'll be pulling at a right angle when pulling the bike backwards.
Thanks for all the advise .
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I have tried contact cement to glue the hand grip back on .but now 5k later it's loose again.. I was told to use hair spray , or black electrical tape to wrap on the bar then shove the grip back on.. What does the factory use ? View attachment 816757
Not sure what you used, I'll send a link. I've used this stuff for years, just make sure the bar, and the grip are clean. Not sure what contact cement you used, but I have used 3M for years, and I've never had a problem. I bought a 2012 FatBoyLo new, and within a month the left grip was twisting, I took it off, cleaned the bar and the grip with paint thinner, then applied the 3M weather strip adhesive, I'll attach the link, this stuff is the bomb, works great. https://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/aclk?


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I’ve always had good luck with super glue. Just make sure any residue is cleaned off and give it a little scuff. You also have to try to clean the inside of the grip out as good as possible or the old adhesive will mess things up.
 

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I can't say what the factory uses.

For Soft grips: Bicycle or dirt bike style:
I have always had good results with Aqua Net hair spray. Spraying the inside of the grip with a heavy wet coat, slide the now sloppy grip onto the throttle sleeve and leave it overnight to dry. Has to be removed with a sharp blade or by blasting shop air through a very tight blower, aimed between the grip and the bar..

Hard grips:
That i have used don't require glue. The proper grip should have a groove that interlocks with the handlebar switch housing that prevents the grip from siding off.

Are you sure that grip is designed for your bike?
I ask because of the throttle tube vs a hard grip. It can be done using RTV and allowed plenty of dry time.
old school hairspray
 
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