Grip heaters question

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  1. g23.40sw

    g23.40sw Adventurer

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    Have a 2011 klr with odyssey battery. With the weather changing time to think about grip heaters for my commuting and adventure riding. Have a good pair of gloves but they aren't quite enough. I searched for threads but came up with everything but a specific thread. Looking for thoughts, comments or suggestions on the good and bad of it all. If you have a link to another thread that would also be appreciated.
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  2. greer

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    There's tons of threads. Stick this in the Google box

    grip heaters site:advrider.com

    You'll get a bunch of hits. I can't do without my heated grips, well worth the $$ and time.

    Sarah
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  4. MrPulldown

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  5. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    I've three sets of these that I've been pretty happy with:

    http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product/Deluxe_Heated_Grips/web1007441

    The only thing I added was a relay in the circuit so when I shut off the bike, the grips are powered down as well so there is no danger of me draining the bike dead cuz I left the grips turned on. Helps to seal the controller as well, I did have one set several years ago go bad due to water intrusion into the controller corroding the circuit board.
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  7. Lujo

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    +1 for the asymmetric design. I had similar heaters on my KLR and the temp between the two sides varied substantially.

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  8. MrPulldown

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    That is nice. Do they have a hi and low? I have been thinking of wiring mine so that it no longer has a hi and low function. Instead the hi goes to the clutch and the low (resitance block goes to the throttle).

    The low function of the resitor type is kind of stupid. There is a ceraminc block that gets hot when you use the low function. It's simple, and for how cheap the kit is, it is makes sense. But reducing power consumption would have been nice. I guess that is why they have the heat troller.
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  9. bobnoxious67

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    Yes, they're high/low.

    I don't believe they're regulated with a resister...I think it's 2 separate elements.
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  10. MrPulldown

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    I was able to find a key on 12 v power source. Think it was for some additional lights the euro model had that ours didn't. Wasn't sure if it woudl provide enough wattage. but it seems to work ok. I think this ora relay is a must to prevent battery drain.
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  13. ADW

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    Here's the ones I have on both my KLRs, my '08 ADV bike and my '06 sidecar rig. They have a 4-way heat control (not shown in the photo below, but the new ones come with the new control) operated by a pushbutton from Low Med MedHi High, and also have a feature that the controller will shut off the grips if the battery voltage drops below 12v. Not a concern for me as I have them wired to an ignition-switched relay, but if you didn't have a relay setup that would at least protect you from coming out to a dead battery because you forgot and left the grips on.

    Anyway, these work really well and there's no dicking around with trying to stuff heat grids under your OEM grips, you just replace the entire grip with these. Also you can buy them with holes in the outboard end already if you have barkbusters or bar weights, or you can cut the ends off these.
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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AWJ6LQ/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00
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