Best heated grip set-up for 990?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by wheeler23, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. krumgrinder

    krumgrinder Been here awhile

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    Anyone looking to replace a 'switch' or other oem on/off device, do yourself a favor and get a Heatroller- great quality, American-made, infinitely variable controllers with great support from Mike Coan, the owner. No personal/financial interest, here, in promoting Warm 'N' Safe other than I support small businesses that make high quality products, with customer-oriented track records!
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  2. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Agree with this 100%, best bit of gear you can get for the heated grips, ours works flawlessly :clap
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  3. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    I like my setup quite a bit: standard cheap stick on sheet heating element with progrips 714 on top, controlled by an ebay LED light dimmer for infinite variability. I made some heavy fabric handguard covers that attach to the stock handguards with a few zipties to provide a lot more wind protection- not quite hippohands, but that's the general idea. Heated grips do a great job if you can stop most of the heat loss from the back of your hand. The cheap stick on heater elements will do a good enough job that I can't leave them on high even in very cold weather.
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  4. R&R4adv

    R&R4adv Been here awhile

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    I'd like to see how you wired the dimmer up, my stick on heaters are too cold on low and too hot on high sounds like a great mod
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  5. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Here you go, I copied it from ADVRonski: link.

    Can't remember how much detail he went into, but I wired mine to just the "hot" side of the grips, since there are two separate circuits on the grips. Wiring it to both at the same time would make the high setting unusably hot, so it would just leave less adjustability.

    The controller needs a ground to work, so you can't just run the hot side wires through it, both legs need to go through.
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  6. R&R4adv

    R&R4adv Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that now off to ebay :D:D:D
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  7. rossguzzi

    rossguzzi 990 Adv.

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    Just fitted my Oxford Adventure grips. I have also got the Throttle tammer. I had to machine down the knurled part on the alloy twist grip. It just would not fit. About 1mm larger than the hole.
    Havnt ridden on it yet but they should be sweet !
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  8. rossguzzi

    rossguzzi 990 Adv.

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    Update.
    By the time I got to the end of the driveway they were toasty !
    Knocked it down to 40% and enjoyed warm hands on the ride to work.:clap
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  9. krumgrinder

    krumgrinder Been here awhile

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    Warm hands are happy hands. Anything that helps keep us on two wheels more days, weeks and months... :thumb
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  10. wheeler23

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    Think i'm gonna go with the warm and safe.... Any other comments?
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  11. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    I have the KTM ones - 46k miles on the bike, no issues so far I like them a lot.
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  12. ADVill

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    SO, with the heated grips, not the heated sheets that go under grips.....what happens when the grips wear out? Have to replace the whole thing?
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    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Yeah that is that is case - but after 46k miles mine are still in really good shape and will last at least the that long again.
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  14. ADVill

    ADVill Been here awhile

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    How much do you ride off road? On my 520, I replace them like once or twice a season.....
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  15. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    I just finished riding across Canada off road with on this bike (about 10k miles).
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  16. two trackin fool

    two trackin fool Long timer

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    I have the over grip velcro type . Love em . Don't need them take em off .
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  17. wheeler23

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    Can you post up some info on the velcro type?
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  18. keener

    keener Speed changes you.

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    Just a suggestion. ...instead of heated grips get heated gloves or heated glove liners.

    With the grips, back your hands and tip of your fingers freeze. I'm considering taking my heated grips off. They are better than nothing but liners are the best.
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  19. two trackin fool

    two trackin fool Long timer

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  20. LTKernel

    LTKernel jack of all trades...

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    Just installed the KTM heated grips on my 2012 990 R. Installed auxiliary lights too as long as I had the nose torn down. Solid grip with a slightly bigger circumference. Easy enough once you locate the correct ACC spades. The 2nd bushing for the right side threw me. I just went with the logical one in the photo and didn't install the second. Hope I got that right. Obviously I wasn't the only one if you follow the link below.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=899104

    Plenty hot, and you can always install a rheostat.
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