Indy Project Sled - New Handlebar Grips
|Risks:||Next to none|
|Benefits:||More comforatble, secure grip on the bars, cosmetic improvement|
|Tools Required:||Sharp knife|
|Parts Required:||New grips, epoxy or clear enamel spray paint|
|Mechanical Skill Required:||Average "shade-tree" mechanical skills|
When I sold the 500 Fuji twin out of my Indy this spring, someone asked the buyer "is it purple?" I'm afraid I have gone a bit overboard with the purple on this sled, sorry.
But dang it, it looks good! :) So, when I replaced the handlebars and the warmers, I figured, why not add a little more color? I chose a set of Arctic Cat purple grips. I like them a lot better than the stock grips, they're a little smaller in diameter and have a good composition. The kicker is they're purple.
Putting grips on is a piece of cake. The bars I put them on did not have grips, since they were new, but if you are replacing grips, just cut them off with a box knife. If you have warmers underneath, forget about trying to save them, unless you know something I don't. As far as I can tell, there's no way to save the warmers, at least not the kind that adhere to the outside of the bars under the grips.
Anyway, after you have the old grips and warmers (if any) off, clean the surface of the bars to remove any loose paint or old adhesive. If you are planning on using the adhesive type warmers, now is the obvious time to put them on. Watch the wire routing, make sure you can run the wires out of the way of the throttle and the brake lever. If you had warmers on before (you probably did), just wire the new ones up the same way the old ones were wired. Avoid splicing the wires if you can help it, splices and cold, wet conditions don't mix well. If you didn't have warmers before, get them from Polaris - as with most parts from Polaris, they are priced low, contain all the parts you need to install, are the highest quality available and best of all, include very good instructions. Follow their instructions to wire the new warmers.
Once the warmers are in place, it's time to install the grips. I've heard all sorts of suggestions about how to get them on, but the one I like best and that has worked for me is to spray the handlebars with clear spray paint, I used Krylon. The paint gives you the lubrication you need and when it dries, it glues the grips in place. Careful not to get it all over your sled, you only need a light coat.
Even with the paint, it's still some work to slide the grips on and get them all the way up the bar. Try not to twist it too much although some twisting is inevitable. Once you have the grip all the way on, if it's twisted at all, get it straightened out now, before the paint dries.
Wipe up any paint that has dripped or squeezed out from under the grips and you are done. It's not a huge deal and it doesn't cost much, but you can make a nice little improvement over stock and make your sled a little more comfortable to ride.