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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 2007, 2:41 pm Thread Starter
 
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K12RS grip replacement

Looks like I will need to replace the grips on my 99 K12RS. I'll be damned if I am going to put the stock grips back on. I don't think BMW could have come up with worse grips if they had tried. I have always liked Pro-Grip but I do not know if they make one for a K-bike.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 2007, 4:04 pm
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Take a look at the '03-'04 KRS grips. They are a different pattern. I have 38,600mi. on them and the grips show no wear.

Look at item #4 from the Hammersley BMW parts fiche.
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I have a 2000 model that will need new grips soon as well. Does anyone know for sure if the newer grips will work on the older bikes? I wouldn't like to discover halfway through the job of replacing them that the connections are completelly different.
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I have a 2000 model that will need new grips soon as well. Does anyone know for sure if the newer grips will work on the older bikes? I wouldn't like to discover halfway through the job of replacing them that the connections are completelly different.

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The old('98-'00) and new('01-'04) part numbers are the same.
You can compare these at the Hammersley BMW parts fiche.(www.webparts.com)

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Thanks for the info. Hammersley's prices look fair but I have yet to check with my local dealer. He's been good to me and I like to patronize him even though I'd probably save a few bucks buying online.

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Replacement grips

Bruce,
Thanks. Boy the prices on this stuff just blows me away. I guess that is to be expected with the heated grip system though.
Any tricks in removing the old ones so I don't damage the heater system?
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I never replaced a heated grip. But rhhall did! This links to his post at the bottom of this page(similar threads).http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9704

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Save yourself a ton of cash ($17 vs $100+) by installing non-heated grips over the existing heating elements. As brucecha points out, I did this successfully, although the non-heated grips are a bit shorter than the heated ones, which leaves a slight gap. If the gap bothers you, then a true replacement would be better. The thread has a link to my website which explains the process.

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Thanks a bunch...

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Your article on replacing the grips on the heated type with the regular ones was great! After 89K on my GT the left grip finally gave up the ghost. It really deteriorated ( I use them a lot in the winter and mostly on high). Having to put up that much jack for a new set of heated grips when the elements were perfectly good makes no sense. Thanks for the article on how to remove and install them.

I have a question about the contact cement, whereas you said to let it dry before rolling it in place....did you let it completely dry or just get tacky.

Hats off to a timely bit of help.

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You're supposed to let it completely dry, but it will stick immediately. If I were doing this again, I'd look at the spray adhesives you can get from most auto-parts stores. The little bit of contact cement I used didn't work as well as I hoped, and I got a bit of slippage with the grip.

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