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    Default Re: Punching out a grip end

    Yll are making this into an unnecessarily HUGE project..? I cut ALL the ends off mine & kiddos MX Bikes to install metal ends. A PVC cutter from Home Depot does a set of grips perfectly in 20secs!

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    Nice to have fancy tools but they would be worthless to me as I cut a full inch off throttle side and 5/8" off clutch side, cut and done.
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    Default Re: Punching out a grip end

    Quote Originally Posted by thedub View Post
    The cleanest way to cut the ends off old school non-lock on grips is this https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...d-cutter-set-p
    That is nice, but I just made my own (when I was actually riding and wearing out grips).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbikeace View Post
    Nice to have fancy tools but they would be worthless to me as I cut a full inch off throttle side and 5/8" off clutch side, cut and done.
    You must have really small hands?
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    Default Re: Punching out a grip end

    That tool looks great but is designed unusually.

    Ideally, the bevel should be on the inside rather than the outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsc-ky View Post
    You must have really small hands?
    trump sized I suspect. Size 10 glove now, 3.750" across the palm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy View Post
    That tool looks great but is designed unusually.

    Ideally, the bevel should be on the inside rather than the outside.
    That's what I thought but doing that way its easier to get into the grip as it's most likely snug and bevel on the inside would leave a sharp edge and bite into the rubber.
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    Default Re: Punching out a grip end

    Quote Originally Posted by thedub View Post
    The cleanest way to cut the ends off old school non-lock on grips is this https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...d-cutter-set-p
    That's pretty cool.
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    Default Re: Punching out a grip end

    My way of dealing with this is obviously WAY different than everyone elses, seeing all the responses.

    I always have cut my handlebars more narrow over stock width. Riding single track here in the southeast, bars that are cut down a inch or so on each side make the bike much easier to ride between the trees.

    I kept one of the cut off ends of a set of handlebars.

    How I cut the end out of a set of grips is I take that left over piece of handlebar and pick it up with a pair of pliers, then take a propane or MAP gas torch and heat it up. Once its really hot I just hold the grip in one hand and the pliers in the other and slide the end of the grip onto the hot handlebar piece, and it burns a hole through the end of the grip very easily and quickly, with zero mess, and much cleaner look than how it would look when I used to try to do it with a razor blade. Ive done both the old school glue on grips and the newer style lock on grips the same way.

    And speaking of handguards, I bought a tap and insert kit from SRT Racing, and I tap the inside of my bars and screw in a threaded insert, so the outside of my hand guards screw into a nice solid mounting point, verses using the typical hardware supplied that tends to either loosen up anytime you wack the guards hard.
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    Default Re: Punching out a grip end

    Quote Originally Posted by GyroRon View Post
    ...I bought a tap and insert kit from SRT Racing, and I tap the inside of my bars and screw in a threaded insert, so the outside of my hand guards screw into a nice solid mounting point, verses using the typical hardware supplied that tends to either loosen up anytime you wack the guards hard.
    I need to look into that.

    I would imagine somewhere in the instructions it states the minimum thickness the bars can be.
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