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Loose grips with Grip Warmers???

Ok, not my bike, but working on dad's new acquisition...

The grips have a built-in grip warmer. They move all over the place. Almost like they are one size too big for the handlebars.

Is this normal? If so, is there a way to keep them from moving around?

Back in my BMX days, we used to put a nickel in the end and spray hairspray inside the grips, then slap them on. The nickel would keep the bars from popping through the grip if you dropped it, and the hairspray would provide lube as you slide them on, then dry after a couple minutes after putting them on, and make them stick where you put them.

Can I do the same thing with these things?

Sorry for all the BS questions. Not my bike, but i have if for a few weeks, and need to work the bugs out before I let my dad drive it daily to work.
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I installed oxfords on mine and, from a prior review, I first just friction fitted them. The left side has never moved. The right side, on the other hand started moving the first day and I kept having to adjust them so I went back and followed the instructions and super glued the right one (throttle) down. Haven't moved since.
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So it is NOT normal for them to move around...

Then where is the cable to the grip-warmer supposed to be located? These two are "who knows where" due to moving all around. I want to put them where they belong and glue them down.
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Use hair gel, not spray.
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Here's a link to the review I used to install mine.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/heate...ord-hot-grips/
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Thanks, guys.

The ones on this bike are more up on top right now. Looks like I need to rotate them 180 and nail em down.
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I haven't glued my Oxfords on either. The right side moves every time i give it the throttle. I just, left off the gas and push it back down.
I have questioned wither i want to glue them on there though. If for some unforeseen reason i wanted to take them off, i would have to cut them to get em off.
Maybe i ought to just glue it on.


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That is why I tend to use hair spray (or gel). It gets tacky, but isn't permanent...you can get it off with a little work later on, or by putting an airhose to the inside and blowing it up a little to free the spray.

If I use glue, it will be a drop or two right at the inside edge so I can use a screwdriver to break it loose later on.
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Hey thanks Scooper - i think i will try the hairspray (5 girls in this house, there has got to plenty to go around). I also like the mention of using a air hose to help blow it off.


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Don't forget the nickel goes in first. Then if you drop the bike, it won't pop the handle bars out the end of the grip.

Unless all the bikes have the BARKBUSTER hand protectors...

Dad's bike has those (only V bike I have ever seen). Are these standard equipment on these bikes?
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Don't need the nickel - i have the Zeta hand protectors (well i took them off for the summer time).
No - the bikes don't come with hand guards. But they do look good on the bike. I know i put mine on, not so much for the protection, but to keep the COLD Texas winter air off my hands.


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Where you at in Texas you Crap Killer?

I am down in Angleton, south of Houston, and dad lives on Surfside Island about 2 blocks off the beach.

Yeah, these winters get pretty DAMNED chilly. Sometimes I have to wear jeans and get rid of the cargo shorts and Hawaiian shirts when I go to work...
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Never mind. I just saw "Mansfield, TX" which puts you up by Dallas.

Shoulda looked before I posted that last one...

Sorry
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