How to Remove Metal Motorcycle Grips

by Josh Baum

Changing handlebar grips is a cheap and easy way to spruce up your bike. While the process of removing your old metal grips does not require any special skill or unusual tools, it does demand patience and a little finesse. Stick with the steps outlined here to make the removal process as fast and easy as possible.

Remove the two Torx screws holding the switch housing together. The switch housing is located on the handlebar, just to the side of the grip.

Pull the halves of the switch housing apart very slowly and carefully. Be sure not to tangle or break the switches and wires running between them.

Dip the blade of a flathead screwdriver into an adhesive dissolving solution like Goo Gone or WD-40. Slowly and carefully work the head of the screwdriver in between the grip and the handlebar itself. Push and wiggle the screwdriver blade to break the bond between the rubber inner layer of the metal grip and the handlebars.

Work your way all the way around the handlebar with the blade of the screwdriver. Remove the screwdriver every minute or so to dip it in the adhesive dissolving solution again. Try to distribute the solution throughout the space between the grip and the handlebar, making sure to reach all the way to the end of the grip and all the way around the handlebar.

Put one hand on the handlebars to hold them steady while you slowly twist the loosened grip with your other hand. Continue twisting and pulling the grip until it comes all the way off the handlebars. This step may take some patience.

Repeat the entire process on the other handlebar grip.


  • check Metal grips are much tougher to remove than rubber grips because they cannot be pried up high enough to allow lubricants to be sprayed inside. When removing rubber grips, squirting a slippery liquid in the crack will loosen them up very quickly.

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