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Old 11-29-2014, 06:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just corked the grips on my SBA today and figured I'd take a few pics along the way. Hopefully, this will help others that want to do the same.

What you need:
- Cork with 3M adhesive on the back
- Air compressor w/nozzle
- Heat gun
- Large diameter fender washer

Install time: about 15 minutes per grip

Here's the cork I purchased from the local Ski-Doo dealer. You can also get the stuff at GoBigParts.com


Start by removing the hook.


Just a couple of turns of the screw and it will come loose. Don't keep unscrewing or you'll lose the nut in the handlebar!


Work the air nozzle under the grip and give it blast. Slide the grip off with your other hand.


If the grip only comes off half way, use a large fender washer, placed on the end of the grip. Make sure the handlebar hook is still on the other side, or you won't get good pressure.


Hit the grip with air to remove the rest of the way.


Take you heat gun and heat the heating element. It'll need to get almost too hot to touch.


Slowly peel the element off of the bars. The elements is fairly tough, but go slowly.


Let the removed element hang from its wires. Don't worry about any residue left behind on the bar.


Wrap the cork around the bar and trim.


Now put the heating element over the cork.


You'll need your heat gun to get the element to stick well all around.


Stretch the grip around the bar to get it started. Then hit it with the air nozzle and fender washer. Use your other hand to work the grip on all the way.


Work it on until the grip is flush with the end of the bar. You could use a bit of soapy water to help slide the grip on, but it's not necessary and I don't recommend it.


All done
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice job , you have a bright future as a technical writer for sure!

These sleds are fairly cold to ride as most of us know , this tech tip is a huge help for new owners that don't have any seat time. The aluminum bars soak up all the heat before it gets to your hands. anything we can to keep the heat at your hands helps but out of all the grip heater tricks this one works the best .
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Thanks for the pics.Im going to do this to my rmk and sba.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am doing this exact mod tomorrow. working on breaking out the thumb warmer now. need to find a wiring schematic, the wire colors are not matching up
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Does the cork really make that much of a difference? Guess I'm not sledding were its that cold thats why i ask the question. But really nice job

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Old 11-29-2014, 09:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Awesome write up. Nice job!

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Awesome with the air I have been using this method for years with my sons bmx bikes works perfect everytime
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Is it really that easy with the air??
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Yep air works awesome
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