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post #1 of 62 Old 10-25-2008, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Grips on an 08

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I am planning on doing a heated grips install on the 08 this weekend. I did this about 10 years ago on my VFR800 with some friends and it worked really well. I bought a Kimpex grip heating kit for snowmobiles. The kit includes 2 elements to wrap around the bars (under the rubber grips), a resistor for the low setting, a fuse holder, and a really cheesy SPDT toggle switch. I went to a marine supply store and bought a sleek, black SPDT rocker switch that is waterproof. I will flush mount it on the flat part of the left upper fairing somewhere. I will take photos of the install as I do it and post if there is interest.

Anyone else done anything similar?

Ken
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post #2 of 62 Old 10-26-2008, 03:03 AM
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Ive Considered Doing The Same But First, Wondered If I Should Just Get Some Lined Leather Gloves. Are The Heated Grips Better? Less Expensive?

I Presume The Heaters Can Be Turned Off In The Summer? Let Me Know What You Think.
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post #3 of 62 Old 10-26-2008, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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The heated grips install will have high, low and off settings. In the summer, I remove the fuse in the circuit so that it won't work if someone accidentally hits the switch. As for cost, the grip kit cost about $20 and the switch was $12. Gloves are easier but they don't work if you don't have them. There have been times when I'd leave for a ride when it was really warm, but got quite cool at night. Having the grips were perfect. The gloves would have only worked if I had brought them. That said, the gloves keep the whole hand warm. Having the option of both is best.

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post #4 of 62 Old 10-26-2008, 10:40 AM
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If your wearing winter gloves do you still reap any warmth from the grips.I received a sinergy electric vest and it works great.Trying to settle on electric gloves of try the heated grips.
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Good points

Chief, those are great points, thanks.
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I suppose that wearing winter gloves would still allow some heat to travel through. I don't recall ever doing it. Once the grips are installed, you can choose to use them whenever. If you bring better gloves, so much the better.

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post #7 of 62 Old 10-27-2008, 11:46 AM
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do the grips slide on easily with the heating elements between the bar and grips? The only grips I put on slid on very hard, I put the grips in a pan of hot water to soften them up just to get them on...
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After the grips are removed, the heating elements are wrapped around the bars/throttle and stick with a self adhesive. Then the grips are coated on the inside with a fine film of silicone. The silicone makes it slippery to put on and then acts a an adhesive to keep the grips on. They are not very hard to put back on. I have decided to use silicone this time as I can't recall what I used last time. My only question is, will the silicone hold up to the heat from the elements over time? Again, as I progress through the install, I will take photos. I only got the grips off, heating elements on and wires routed last night.

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post #9 of 62 Old 10-27-2008, 09:59 PM
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I'm going to order some hot grips and try 'em. Last week I ordered the Polly bar heaters and the drilling and all went real smooth until I figured out it was no small thing on the '08's to remove the connection for the bar end weights.
I wear big winter riding gloves and even Marine corp. issue mitts but I still get to go thru the delightful pain of my thumbs defrosting when I get to work. The gloves do ok 'till about the mid 20's then it's a bummer.
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post #10 of 62 Old 11-06-2008, 12:19 AM
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where are you getting power from? I have read that there is power already up under the fairing somewhere. Is this true? I am putting heaters on my 08 and my sons 08 tomorrow. If anyone knows where the spare wires are please post a photo or email me a photo. an I will post it

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