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Reviewed by: (GaryAllen7)
Reviewed for: 1800 VTX1800R (Retro)
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 4
Ease of install: 1
Would buy again: yes
I'm torn on this item. First of all, these look GREAT! They are heavy, comfortable on the hands, fatter than stock grips, a bit longer too and shine like crazy when you polish them... HOWEVER, the installation for these was a nightmare. I took the conservative approach in terms of installation (sticking to my rule of thumb that I won't touch anything to do with my wheels, throttle or brakes) and had it done at my local bike shop. I had to wait 8 hours for the glue to dry. Unfortunately, when I tried to start the bike, the throttle grip slipped the full turn (I could EASILY take both grips completely off). They said they'd had this issue with the "new" iso grips because the inside is hollow- i guess the old ones were solid?- and there is little for the grip to stick to. They re-glued it and i had to leave the bike overnight. I went back to get it 24 hours later and they still slipped (better than before but still unacceptable). I ended up using a moderate amount of Gorilla Glue on them, which helped the metal and the rubber stick appropriately. Now, they would be VERY tough to get off. The truth is that I really do LOVE the way these look and feel and would still purchase these, but there is pretty clearly a design flaw somewhere that prevents these from sticking the way they should. Be prepared to do a little extra-work.
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