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Old 11-02-2010, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Grip heater installation question

I am in the process of installing grip heater elements under my grips. I have read numerous posts about this and like the idea of tapping into the parking light or headlight wires for switched power. The kit did not come with a fuse. I'm wondering if I need to install an inline fuse or is it sufficient just to tap into the existing wire which is surely fused. Your thoughts please.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would always put a secondary inline fuse on anything I installed on the bikes wiring just to satisfy safety aspects, more so with heated grips that draw a fair bit of current you could overload the bikes wiring trying to rely on that fuse blowing if there were any problems with the heated grips controller (which is not unheard of).

It is easier to replace a fuse than it is the entire wiring loom.

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Old 11-03-2010, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not sure how much current the grips draw but any heating element will draw a significant current. I definitely wouldn't be keen on connecting to parking light wire. You can probably get away with headlight as it will be more heavy duty but may dim the headlight a little. I'd definitely put a seperate inline fuse in - you don't want the first sign somethings wrong to be the headlights dying on a dark country road...

Personally I'd take the (+) straight off the battery with fuse inline and with relay inline running off the park light so its only on when the bikes turned on.
(-) off whatever earthing point you like at the front end of the bike.
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+1 on the relay if you want to do it fool proof.

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Thanks everyone. I may go with the distribution block down the line, but for now I used an in-line fuse. Heated grips work great. Maybe a little too great. Very hot, even on low setting.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I came across this kit. Might be cheaper to piece it together, but this saves some time.

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2186/596/
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... Heated grips work great. Maybe a little too great. Very hot, even on low setting.
Hi q2quest, which grips did you get ?
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.... q2quest, which grips did you get ?
I bought the Symtec kit and used them with a new set of the factory grips. The install came out great. I also installed a set of Pro-Taper hand guards to prevent wind chill to my fingers. With those two together I don't think I'll have to worry about cold hands again.
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I bought the Symtec kit and used them with a new set of the factory grips. The install came out great. I also installed a set of Pro-Taper hand guards to prevent wind chill to my fingers. With those two together I don't think I'll have to worry about cold hands again.
Got a photo of the hand gaurds , and showing how they mount ? which model pro taper,?
Thanks again..
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