Re: Removing/replacing gripsSeptember 23 2011 at 9:47 AM
|Jerry (Login thinkin2)|
Response to Removing/replacing grips
Once you do it you'll never go back to the other sloppy way. The grips hold just as well and there's no mess. Plus it's faster. I use a small air compressor that I got from Sears but any air compressor will do. I've hear of guys using things like bicycle pumps but I think that would be slow. People use different techniques like putting a piece of pvc just large enough to easily slide over the grip, etc. but basically it's all the same. The purpose of the pvc is to keep too much air from suddenly expanding the grip enough to burst it. After doing this a while I found I didn't need the pvc or any special tools. Just the AC with the air pressure regulated enough to expand the grip to slide it on or off with short bursts. Once the grip is on a short burst or two of air while you twist it will let you line it up perfectly the way you want. It's good to wet the tip opening of the grip to help slide it over the shaft but you don't need to saturate the whole inside of it. A small nozzle on the air hose that will fit the little opening at the top of the grip works best. I think there have been demonstrations of doing this on youtube so go there and look for it. If you google you can find discussions about it as well I think. Most people use a vise to hold the shaft but I find I don't need to do this. Actually I use no special tools at all other than the air compressor with the right nozzle. Again, the best masking tape is the 2" wide rolls. After doing your buildups for the lower hand run a length all the way over so that the grip sliding on or off doesn't get caught up with exposed, varying lengths of tape. Good luck.