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Replace foam on grips and levers

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by hdtvluvr, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    I have a Dixie Chopper and really need to replace the foam on the levers and grips. The original looks like tubes that were slid on but you can't slide anything on the levers over the grips because the grips are larger than the levers. I tried pulling and twisting the grips but they wouldn't budge.

    How do the grips come off and what is everyone using to replace the foam covers for both?
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Put a couple of drops of dishwashing soap on the lever or in the new grip. Don't use too much, it needs to dry out over night.
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Heat the grips with a hair dryer then try removing again, If they still wont come cut them off.

    Any Dixie dealer can get if not in stock #20257 grips/#67259 foam grip covers and #400037 foam joystick sleeves.
  4. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    Thanks, I'll give that a try.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    At the factory, they start the ends of the grips onto the lever until it stops.

    Then use an air compressor with the blow tip, stick it on the the other end, expand the grip and slide it on.

    I can't remember if they spray anything on first or not though, might want to call the factory and find out.
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    When the grips are new the air is all that's required, Done it many times..... Thumbs Up

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