Replacing heated grips - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:16 am Thread Starter
Enthusiast
 
dohalloran's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 212
Replacing heated grips

My '02 K12RS has the "ribbed" style heated grips. They're getting pretty thin in spots.

I know there's a thread on this site somewhere; does anyone know if I can carefully trim off the grips and slide on non heated replacement Jap bike grips, or do I need to use BMW non-heated grips as replacements ?

I would think that the rubber, once cut deep enough, would start to pull itself apart so that damaging the wires would not be that big of an issue. I could be wrong.

If I put on non-heated grips over the heating elements, could I still just use hairspray to secure them ?

Thanks for the help.
dohalloran is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:02 pm
Addict
 
Sharkbait's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Posts: 461
You're on the right track. No need to use BMW grips, regular grips work fine. Just go with slow shallow cuts when cutting the old grips off. Personally I put a wrap of tie wire (dirt bike trick) around the grip at each end but not required.
Sharkbait is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 2009, 2:48 pm
Looking for better limits...
 
Razel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fremont, CA, USA
Posts: 5,163
Somewhere here there be a post by RHHall, describing the process. When I find it, I'll add it to this post.

Essentially, you order the non-heated left-hand grip from BMW. Remove the plastic insert from the new grip, and it's ready. Then, using a razor or X-acto knife, score the old grip instead of cutting the grip off on the first pass. With some scoring, you should be able to peel off the old grip. Spray either the heating element with sticky hairspray (Aquanet Extra-Hold) or the inside of the new grip, and slide it on. Let it dry. Not necessary to use a lot of spray, just enough to get things wet so the grip slides on. The hairspray doesn't dry real fast, but the sticky insures the grip won't be sliding sometime down the road.

Ok, better search criteria worked ...
http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showpo...07&postcount=1



100% free webcam site! | Awesome chicks and it is absolutely free! | Watch free live sex cam - easy as 1-2-3

Ray
2010 K1300GT Royal Blue
2003 K1200GT Orient Blue (for sale)
2007 G650 X-Challenge

IBA #34158

Be a K-Bikes Supporter

I work for Keyser Söze
Razel is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 2009, 10:34 am
Will ride for picts
 
rhhall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Minden, NV, USA
Posts: 1,645
Quote:
Originally Posted by Razel
Somewhere here there be a post by RHHall, describing the process. When I find it, I'll add it to this post.

Spray either the heating element with sticky hairspray (Aquanet Extra-Hold) or the inside of the new grip, and slide it on. Let it dry. Not necessary to use a lot of spray, just enough to get things wet so the grip slides on. The hairspray doesn't dry real fast, but the sticky insures the grip won't be sliding sometime down the road.

Ok, better search criteria worked ...
http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showpo...07&postcount=1
The replacement BMW grips have a grooves on the inside bore ... this will leave an air-gap around a heating element, which will cause a burn-out. In retrospect, I'd go with a non-BMW grip that has a completely smooth bore and use the hair-spray method. If you do have a BMW grip, use high-temp silicon to fill-in the air-gaps and adhere the grip to the handle bar. I haven't tried this yet, so I can't vouch for its effectiveness.

Sierra Cement: Good for skis, bad for knees.

www.rhhall.smugmug.com
rhhall is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 2009, 4:09 pm
Addict
 
baytown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: , Nth Queensland, Australia
Posts: 636
Great site Rich

Hey Rich;
I just went to your Smug Mug site via your link. Its great, and the tutorials on all the maintenance that you've done on you GT is fantastic and a great reference.
I've bookmarked it for future reference.
Good on you mate.

Ken.

Nth Queensland
AUSTRALIA

2005 K1200S
baytown is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 7th, 2009, 8:22 pm Thread Starter
Enthusiast
 
dohalloran's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 212
Heated grips

Thanks guys, for all the education and responses on this topic.

Rich, I will have to check out your Smug mug site. I know you have a lot of expertise with these k-bikes.
dohalloran is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Removing Heated Grips on K1200S: Need Advice Pirate K12/1300S 26 May 4th, 2009 8:28 pm
Heated grips bpbiker Other K-Bikes Discussion 4 Apr 11th, 2009 6:48 pm
Replacing the heated hand grips parachutem K12/1300S 4 Aug 12th, 2007 1:44 pm
Replacing the heated hand grips parachutem K12/1300S 0 Aug 9th, 2007 1:31 pm
Heated grips controlled by the onboard computer - rubbish ? wadham K12/1300GT (Next Gen) 24 Oct 4th, 2006 9:53 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome