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Old 01-27-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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Thumb Improved heated grip installation.

Here is an idea I had for a better heated grip installation.

The goal was to have better heat output and have a heated grip that was removable in case any work required removing the handlebars.

STEP-1

Get a set of ODI locking grips and two sets of your favorite grips, plus a set of ATV grip heaters.

It's important that you get ATV heaters and not Moto heaters because the ATV version has the same size/type heating element on both sides, versus the Moto version that has a different element for the clutch and throttle side.









STEP-2

Peel the existing grips off the ODI locking grips. This is a bit difficult to do, but the grips come off w/ a bit of effort:










STEP-3

Install heating element on stripped ODI grip:



I like to use a bit of electrical tape over the element to fix it in place and to protect the wiring where it enters the heating element:




STEP-4

Install the two new throttle side grips over the two ODI locking grips. This takes a bit of effort on the clutch side since the locking grip has a wider section you have to work the grip over.

I heated my grips in very hot water to soften them up before installation.








Simply slide the locking grips on the handlebars, tighten the allen head screws and you are set to go.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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Very cool Dan!

Do you know approximately how many watts these ATV heaters use?

Do they use a troller?
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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This is a basic Symtec heater w/ a Hi/Lo switch.

Maximum 40 Watts (20 Watts per Grip) @ 14 Volts: which ends up being around 36W on Hi and 18W on low.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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Nice idea Dan. I always just put them on the bars and they work OK for me but I can see where this would give you much more heat.

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #5
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Flippin Genius. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:46 AM   #6
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I've seen other references to insulating the LH grip from the bars, apparently the throttle tube does a decent job isolating the throttle side but when the heater is applied directly to the bars as in the clutch side the bar soaks up allot of the heat, takes awhile and allot of juice to warm the bars up that way

Great idea using the Lock-on system first
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:29 AM   #7
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Where did you buy the grips & heaters?

Performance Cycle maybe?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:02 AM   #8
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I think Performance has the ODI grips, but I ordered the stuff online w/ some other essentials I needed.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:11 AM   #9
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pretty clever idea, Dan


The last set of Symtecs I put on (XR650R), the stickum wasn't strong enough to keep the heater stuck to the bar - they kept wanting to pop off and be flat again, like in the package where it spent it's whole life

I zip-tied the heater panels to the grip - about an inch on center to get a good tight bond - and let them sit a day or so while I was doing other stuff.
Worked great, and didn't leave any electrician's tape behind to get gooey.

To even out the heat and keep the left side from being a heat sink and losing it's heat into the bar - I used a piece of 1" heat shrink tube over the left bar end.
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I also wanted to be able to remove the grips from the bars if needed.
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Pretty good idea. I cheaped out and got the $30 KTM kit instead of the $100 one: http://www.ktm-parts.com/mm5/merchan...FUWnPAodF2QAuA

I'm finding a lock on starter kit to be about $25, about $25 for two sets of grips, and then about $40 for the symtec ATV kit right? That's getting pretty close to what the more expensive KTM set comes in at and MUCH less hassle.
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Pretty good idea. I cheaped out and got the $30 KTM kit instead of the $100 one: http://www.ktm-parts.com/mm5/merchan...FUWnPAodF2QAuA

I'm finding a lock on starter kit to be about $25, about $25 for two sets of grips, and then about $40 for the symtec ATV kit right? That's getting pretty close to what the more expensive KTM set comes in at and MUCH less hassle.
I like the heated KTM grips that I installed on my 990, but Dan's idea is unique-

He can remove the grips & heaters each as a single piece to change out a damaged bar or for other maintenance.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:25 PM   #13
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I like the heated KTM grips that I installed on my 990, but Dan's idea is unique-

He can remove the grips & heaters each as a single piece to change out a damaged bar or for other maintenance.
True, and not everyone rides a KTM so that options not universal...duh I know.
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True, and not everyone rides a KTM so that options not universal...duh I know.
Well, the KTM grips will work with any bike that provides 12 volts & can handle the load.

I like Dan's idea for my KLX450R, as I upgraded the stator to a Baja Designs 100 watt rewind & these ATV heaters should work with it just fine.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:00 PM   #15
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Hondo: the expensive part of doing it with the KTM grips is that you need a throttle grip for each side - and they are $100 (give or take?) a set.

I've been doing dual throttle grips on bikes for years so the bars heat equally.. but hadn't done it on the Adventure because of the expense with the KTM grips; but then I had the left grip go bad so I was forced to buy another set. Took advantage of the suckage last year and did a throttle grip on both sides. I don't know if I could bring myself to buy two sets of them from the get go though...



That reminds me... my right grip has gone out on the 500
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