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Old 05-28-2019, 11:50 AM   #1
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Advice on Grip Change

I have a new Two-Tone that has the rubber Hogue/Kimber grips. I've purchased some Altamont rosewood grips that will make this one look mostly like the Crimson Carry II. Yeah, I'm anticipating that it will be better to shoot with the Hogue/Crimson grips, but I like the look of the wood grips.

Two questions:

1. What is the trick to removing the rubber grips? I've got the screws out, and expected the Hogues to just come off, but it is as if they are bonded to the frame. I don't want to start gouging around mindlessly - is there something I need to know about this?

2. Will the same screws that held the rubber Hogues be appropriate for the rosewood grips? Kimber sells the 4 screws, but does not include any O-rings, which some of the after-market people include with the screws.

Thanks in advance for your help in prettifying the Micro 9.

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The Hogue grips are fitted to some of the interior edges of the frame. Use a credit card, or some non marring plastic tool to get the front or bottom edge started and they'll peel off with some more effort than you'd expect. Mine came with rosewood, but I switch them out for the Hogue in the summer to keep more grip surface between metal and my sweaty waistline.
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Old 05-28-2019, 02:41 PM   #3
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Got it, Bigdog, thanks for the suggestion. How about the screws? Are they interchangeable, and do I need O-rings?

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Got it, Bigdog, thanks for the suggestion. How about the screws? Are they interchangeable, and do I need O-rings?

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In my experience, The screws are interchangeable. I always use o-rings just to provide extra friction to keep the screws from backing out and prevent over tightening and cracking a wood grip, but I don't think they're absolutely necessary.
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Noted - just ordered the o-rings. Do you also use any version of Loktite?
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I don't. Have never found it necessary.
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Originally Posted by NDSinTex View Post
Noted - just ordered the o-rings. Do you also use any version of Loktite?
I put Hogue Grips (replacing the Rosewood) on my Micro 9 and pretty sure I used the grip screws with no issues.

I definitely don't use any type of lock-tite. The orings hold tension on the screw and prevent it from backing out.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:39 AM   #8
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Before and after. Thanks for your advice, Bigdog. O-Rings on the way.
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Before and after. Thanks for your advice, Bigdog. O-Rings on the way.
Lookin' good there, TX. There's nothing like a new set of grips to give a pistol a new personality.

About the only grip-related Loctite issue to consider, is using blue Loctite (No. 242) on grip bushings threads to the frame. This prevents the bushing coming lose when removing the grip screws and coming out with the screw.

Thin 1911 grips works better for me than 'standard' thickness grips, and whenever I have to replace standard bushings with 'thin' bushings, I always use blue Loctite (#242) on the bushings, and I've never had a problem in over 40 years of doing so. O-rings on the short screws too completes a good installation.

Good lookin' set of pistols!
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Before and after. Thanks for your advice, Bigdog. O-Rings on the way.
You're welcome! I just went the other way switching back to my Hogue for the summer "sweat season" here near the beach.
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