How to Install Dirt Bike Grips


Dirt bike grips are small pieces of equipment that can make a big difference in riders’ comfort level and performance. Grips come in many shapes, sizes, thicknesses, colors, and materials to suit rider preference.

The right dirt bike grip will help you ride better and last longer on the trail. To install new grips on your motorcycle or dirt bike, all you need is a few basic tools like pliers and a screwdriver. You’ll also need to purchase some glue that is usually provided with the new grip kit and instructions for installation.

How to Install Dirt Bike Grips

In this article, I am going to discuss an easy technique on how to install dirt bike grips so that you do not have to face any problem while riding.

Required Materials for the Process

  • Dirt Bike Grips
  • Allen Wrenches (commonly found in a multi-tool)
  • Screwdrivers . A combination wrench is also helpful. But if you don’t have one, the screwdriver will do just fine. You might need to use it to loosen up.
  • You will need to wear gloves to protect your hand.
  • You will also need a bike stand to keep your bike still.
  • It is better to wear goggles for eye protection.

Steps on How to Install Dirt Bike Grips

The steps involved in the installation process of new dirt bike grips are quite simple and easy.

Installation Step One:

Gather essential tools needed for the installation mentioned in the required materials section.

Installation Step Two:

Start by removing your old grips from the handlebars. Place them off to one side so that they do not get in the way during installation. Take care when removing, as this is a delicate process, and be careful not to break any levers or cables.

Removed Your Old Grip

Installation Step Three:

Once you have removed your old grip, clean up any debris around it with an air compressor. Ensure there are no sharp edges on either side of the flat surface area where the new grip will go.

Then use contact cement (if needed) to attach a piece of felt between both sides for comfort and protection against abrasion. Finally, if necessary, insulate electrical wires if touching metal surfaces which may cause interference with the electrical system.

If you are not sure how to do any of these things, please consult a professional mechanic for assistance before proceeding.

Installation Step Four:

Take your new grip and place it on top of the flat surface area where it will go. Ensure that all edges align with each other (try both sides). There should be no gaps between grips where they meet.

Use Necessery Adhesive

Be careful not to contact adhesive surfaces, which may cause bubbles or wrinkles in the material, as this could affect durability. Press firmly down along edges to ensure a tight seal around the entire perimeter (this is important!).

Be aware that some manufacturers’ grips may require an application from either side instead of straight across! Please refer to product instructions.

Install grips the same way you removed them. You may find it easier to hold onto the grip with a towel or rag, but make sure not to wrap this material too tightly; this can cause bubbles and wrinkles.

Things to Consider While Choosing Dirt Bike Grips for Installation

You need to have a clear concept of certain aspects before you go for grips installation.

The Thickness of Grip:

The thickness of the grip is important and should be considered before purchase; as a rider, you must choose the grip which will provide utmost comfort.

Cost of the Bike:

You will need to consider how much dirt bike grips will cost, which is determined by what type you choose. For instance, a simple pair of rubber ring grips with foam padding on them can start under $20. On the other hand, if your goal is for more comfort or cushioning, purchasing a gel pad could mean an additional price tag above $100.

Riding Style:

It is also important to consider the riding style of your dirt bike before you purchase grips, which will determine how much insulation they need to have for protection and comfort.

If you’re a casual rider who likes leisurely rides with lots of stops in between, then buying less expensive gloves might be sufficient. At the same time, those who are constantly on their bikes during really tough terrain should choose something that provides more cushioning, like gel pads or neoprene foam padding.


Regarding fitting, it’s crucial that when worn properly, the grip covers at least half an inch from the end of each finger without compromising its tightness around your hand. You’ll want them snug enough so as not to slide off but loose enough to provide the necessary dexterity for operating your bike’s controls.

Style of the Grip:

The first thing you’ll want to do is figure out what style of dirt bike grips will work best on your ride – whether they belong to cuffs, short cuffs, knuckle duster types, or open-end styles which are designed specifically for supermoto bikes (where there is are no clamps).

Precautions While Installing Dirt Bike Grips

  • Buy gloves to avoid dirt and oil from your hands getting on the grips.
  • Make sure you have a clean surface, preferably with rubbing alcohol or acetone.
  • Apply some silicone spray onto the rubber grip before starting the installation of the new kit. This helps it slide into place more easily.
  • Install one side first and then test for tightness by turning all the way left and right; if it loosens up, tighten again using a screwdriver while holding in alignment (this ensures that bolts are locked).

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Dirt Bike Grips? 

Dirt bike grips are the part of a dirt bike’s handlebars that you grip for steering and braking. They can come with or without foam padding, but most people prefer to add this as it provides some shock absorption when riding on uneven terrain.
When installing new dirt bike grips, make sure they have enough length so your hands don’t slip off the ends while gripping them tightly; also, make sure you use an appropriate amount of grease to keep them in place over time.

Which Type of Grips is Suitable for Dirt Bike?

It is a good idea to try and use grips that are designed for dirt bikes. This will ensure they have been created from the right materials like rubber, which won’t affect them sliding on the handlebar when wet or ridden in mud.

The grip should also be wide enough, so you don’t feel your fingers slipping off, but not too big where it gets uncomfortable while riding long distances on bumpy terrain.

The width of the grip can vary between 12 cm up to 15cm depending on preference, and certain models require different sizes.

Which Type of Grips is Suitable for Dirt Bike?

The type of safety equipment you need for grip installation will depend on the type of grips. For example, plastic or leather grips do not require any gloves and only need to be installed with a wrench.

However, if your dirt bike has rubberized grips that are worn down at the ends, then you’ll want to use some heavy-duty work gloves because they can sometimes create sharp pieces when being removed from their old position. A good pair of goggles is also recommended in case anything falls off your eyes during installation.

Are All Dirt Bike Grips Reusable?

In some cases, dirt bike grips are reusable. If you’ve used a grip that has never been removed before, and if it comes off with just the pressure of your hand, then these grips can be reused as long as they aren’t sticky or dirty.
You will need to clean them first, though. The material is also important; rubber or plastic doesn’t usually last more than one use, so we don’t recommend trying this at all costs.

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The installation of dirt bike grips is not a difficult process. It only takes about 30 minutes to install these new grips, and it’s something that any rider can do with an understanding of how the grip works on their handlebars. If you want your hands to come off unscathed when they slip from your bars, make sure you always use quality products. 

Darren Matlock

Darren Matlock

Hi, I'm Darren. I love dirt bikes and everything about the off-road lifestyle. I'm passionate about motorbikes, cars, racing sports and going on adventures. If you're like me and enjoy extreme sports, you've come to the right place! I like to write articles about dirt bikes to help beginners get started. Whether you're interested in buying a dirt bike, ATV, motorcycle or want to ride for hobby, I hope my articles will inspire you to learn more about how this machine can be used to ride.

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