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Old 02-20-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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Aftermarket grip heaters on F8

Anyone running aftermarket grip heaters on their F8? One of my factory grip heaters isn't working anymore and the rubber is worn out on the good heater. Max BMW lists the grips at $94/left and $130/right. That's over twice the cost of a complete aftermarket set-up.

I'm wondering about canbus and non-BMW grip heaters. The factory heaters use a very light gauge wire and all the aftermarket units seem to run much heavier gauge wire. I assume the aftermarket units draw more amps.

Anyway running something other than stock?
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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I put a Throttle Tamer on and it wouldn't work with the stock grip and heater. I put on an after market on the throttle side with new grip and have had no problem. I wired it to the stock wire so the same stock switch controls it. They only thing I notice is it doesn't get quite as hot, but I can live with that for the price difference.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:38 PM   #3
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Really, you'll only be out by 35 bucks or so to try an aftermarket kit. They can be found pretty cheap. There's a few good threads about replacing the grips, only have to take it a bit further with the hobby knife to slit the element off. If mine craps out one more time that's my plan anyhow. (I already have aftermarket grips).
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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Try these and let us know how you make out.
http://www.pollyheaters.com/ph400.htm
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:33 AM   #5
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I was planned on using a Throttle Tamer and MX style grips so any genetic heater elements could work.

Tow Pro, those units slide inside the bars. Interesting idea but not possible on our bikes with the threaded insert for hand guards presses/glued in. I can see the heat on the left grip being ok but the right would be much cooler because of the air gap between the bar and the throttle tube. Even it the tube was always lightly touching the bar 360degrees, it wouldn't transfer heat nearly as well the left side. Maybe the element on the right is much hotter?
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