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I am trying to remove the grip on my GL1800. The problem is that it has heated grips that work and I don't want to screw them up. They seem to be glued as I put some air to them and only part of them lifts. I am considering some adhesive remover in a syringe. Has anyone removed these before?
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I do not know which side you are working on, but this should help , photos are worth many words.
GL1800 oem heated grips.pdf (application/pdf Object) This will show you what you are dealing with and how things look.

They are glued on.

I have never removed a set that is good, so it will take more care and time and being careful

Usually I use an old screwdriver that I have rounded the tip off of, with a slight bend in it but to save good ones, hum?

I would use something flexible like a foot long by 1/4 inch metal strip with all the edges rounded off and smoothed well.

Start at the end of the grip after you take the end caps off, and work it around carefully and spray soapy water up in there all the time, use lots of it. Keep working it around and around, take your time, keep spraying the soap up in there, and it will just pull off when you get the glue bond broken.

Will it survive, ? Maybe.........if you are careful enough. On the throttle side might be best to just buy a new throttle sleeve, split the control housing and unloop the throttle cables and install a new throttle sleeve, ..........or just do not twist and pull much ,or you will break it.

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Sorry, I can't help you but I am curious...Why do you need to remove the grip?

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I have used compressed air, but it takes four hands to seal up the gaps.... grab a friend.... before they all run away

Sometimes you can use a wire to break all the glue lose.

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I am going to install a Vista cruise.
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Well I came up with an idea. For a cruise control you only need a bit of room, but the whole grip would have to come off and be re glued so....

If one took a section of the correct size plumbing pipe and capped one end and fitted an open snifter valve to it so there would be a good volume of air, stuck the end up under the edge of the grip, that should distribute the air all around and lift it off.

I have not tried that, just an idea to get a grip off that is not bad and use it again. Prying around on it would most likely snap a wire.

My idea for the day......

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Thanks Kit! I am first going to try some adhesive remover between the grip and plastic. I picked up a syringe and needle and I think I'll try that first.
Thanks again!
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I am going to install a Vista cruise.
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Don't like the regular cruise control?

They do make a throttle lock that mounts without removing the grip. I think it's by Vista too.

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No I love the cruise but there are times when I want to lock the throttle for a second.
I've had one of these on most of my bikes over the years. I have to move the grip only about 3/16 of an inch to make it work. I have not found another that doesn't need the space between the grip and housing.
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Why not just tap that little cruise control button and a second or two later, tap the brake/clutch to unlatch the cuise? Just my $.02 worth.

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