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Great Grips - Be Careful With Installation!!!For Accessory:
Reviewed by: David V. (DVaerst)
Reviewed for: 2009 750 Shadow Spirit C2
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 5
Ease of install: 2
Would buy again: yes
Kuryakyn makes great products - ISO grips included. I wanted a pair of ISO grips to match the ISO foot pegs I installed last Fall. Grips feel great and reduce vibration, not to mention they add more chrome and "class" to my bike.
Installation: Read the installation directions very carefully as the glue sets up INSTANTLY if you stop moving the grip at all. I made the mistake of applying glue to the throttle housing along with the inside of the grip (This is how it was done on the CruiserCustomizing.com video) - not good. The glue on the throttle housing started "plowing" and had I continued pushing, I would have glued the throttle side grip to the housing, making the throttle inoperable. That was a $70 mistake because once I stopped pushing the grip onto the handlebar, it glued instantly, and about two inches from where it needed to be. I had to literally cut the grip apart (destroying it) in order to remove it from the throttle housing. $70 later, I had a new set of grips and tried the installation again. This time I only applied glue to the inside of the grip - per Kuryakyn's instructions, and it worked fine. The trick is that you cannot stop moving the grip for any reason - not even a micro-second (and I am not exaggerating at all here) - slide the grip on in one continuous motion and do it quickly. I recommend doing a couple of dry "practice runs" so you know what to expect. Learn from my mistake and do it right the first time. Installation of the clutch side was much easier now that I knew what to do - again, I only applied glue to the inside of the grip, not on the handlebar itself. There is no room for the extra glue to work under the grip so it all gets pushed up to the end of the grip which is what you do not want.
Note: When dry-fitting the grips, take a marker (which rubbed right off the chrome) and mark the grip and housing so you know exactly where you want the grip to be when done. Again, you will have absolutely no time to play around with the position of the grip, as once it's on, it's on!!! Also, determine if you want the grips to match (mounting position) when the throttle is closed or if you want it to match when you have the throttle opened up. That is just a personal preference.
I plan to add some color accent rings to personalize my grips and may even consider a Throttle Boss.
Great grip, adds style, chrome, and class to your motorcycle, not to mention more comfort. Lots of options for personalizing grips to you and your bike.
The Black Widow glue sets up instantly . . . be extremely careful and research installation videos, do's and don'ts. Do not put glue on handlebar or throttle housing!!!
The glue - I'd rather have a more forgiving glue that may take longer to cure, but at the same time would allow you to take your time with installation and final adjustment. Some good videos of installation (other than just Harley Davidson models) would be very helpful because it might prevent having to spend another $70 when the first attempt at installing the grips failed.
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