I hate asking dumb questions: Grips

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I hate asking dumb questions: Grips


Post by 64duo » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:41 am

Inexperience showing question, and I hate sounding dumb:
Can someone post a picture of the correct grip for a 1964 FLH? My Palmers just doesn't show that.
Also I have some incorrect grips on the correct bars, how does the old grip come off of the spirals? Also, how do the replacements go on? Do I just have to break loose the 45 years old glue?
Thanks in advance.

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:22 pm


The correct grip is a smooth hard grip similar in appearance to what is on the current touring models. The best way to remove the old grips is to cut them off, standard practice is slicing them end-to-end and peeling them off.



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Post by Cotten » Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:17 pm


Not a dumb question at all.

'64s were very often blessed with ribbed vinyl grips, with the MoCo name on them.
In the parts book the drawing shows them with an exaggerated taper.

(Photo credit: R. Hacker)

PS: One way to remove grips is to shove a dull icepick between them and the bar as much as possible to allow WD-40 or other penetrant to attack the glue.

The pick can them be 'walked' carefully around the bar until free.

Soaking in mineral spirits expands the grips off easily, but they will shrink drastically for months afterward" Not preferred for good grips!
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Post by kevsett » Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:29 pm

I have a very stock 1964 Police Special and the grips look just like the ones in Cotten's pic (ribbed).

Bob Luland


Post by Bob Luland » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:28 am

They are not that rare. As far as I know Eagle Iron is still distrbuting these and they say HD on the inside end edge. I've got a couple NOS OEM pairs in the shop. I will check on what I stated tomarrow and get back to you all. Bob

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