Left grip insulator?

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  1. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I tried looking around but, :D

    What type of material is best for wrapping your left side handlebar to keep the grip heat even again? I saw it once but. Is it black shrink wrap?

    The handlebar sinks too much heat on the left side compared to the throttle side. I need to fix this on my XT.
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  2. the_gr8t_waldo

    the_gr8t_waldo Long timer

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    heated motorcycle heated grips usually have one grip wired to produce more heat on the left side.so first thing would to make sure that the grips haven't been mixed up. if you installed snow mobile h.grips then some sorta insulation is called for. i have heard of motorcyclest that used the aluminum wrap with adheasive on one side, to good effect.
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  3. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    I've used a couple of layers of heat shrink tubing with good results - something that starts at about 1" diameter. You can find it at Home Depot or any electrical warehouse.
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  4. Tosh Togo

    Tosh Togo Long timer

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    Grips for motorcycles are always different inside diameters- the larger of the two goes on the right, and its' raison d'etre is that the slightly greater I.D. will let it fit over the throttle tube.

    So.... in most situations, it's kinda tough to put them on "backwards". :deal

    :thumb :thumb
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  5. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I didn't see anything in the instructions about on heater producing more heat and should be installed on the left side. It's always the things you don't know in life that get ya...:D I'd have to ohm them out or look for L or R on the elements. Luckily I got the heater element off with out destroying it with heat.

    I have the aluminum duct tape, I can get some heat shink tubing today.
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  6. MPH

    MPH Been here awhile

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    I have used the heat-shrink tube that has heat-activated adhesive on the inside of it, followed by a wrap of thin Kapton tape, then the grip heaters, then lastly, the grip iteself.

    Mark
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  7. Sabre

    Sabre PrĂȘt? Allez!

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    IF you have bought heated GRIPS, then it will be obvious that one has a larger ID than the other. In this case, the left grip will indeed put out more heat. If, on the other hand, you have bought wrap-around grip HEATERS, then you have a point about the heat sink issue. If the manufacturer doesn't indicate that one puts out more heat than the other, the simple solution is to simply epoxy a plastic throttle tube onto the left side of the bars.
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  8. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    I have two layers of heat shrink on mine and the bars still absorb A LOT of heat.

    Another rider discovered that Rescue Tape (or any other self fusing silicone tape) insulates better and others have had good luck as well with it. I haven't used yet, but plan to switch next time I have the grips off.

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  10. mtwomey

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    Good source for industrial grade heat shrink tubing with adhesive lining:
    http://crimpsupply.com/shrink-tubing/adhesive-lined

    They have it on the shelf and ship within hours of the order.

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  11. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Seems like thin plastic similar to throttle tube would be best. Mixed results with the heat shrink huh?

    EDIT: I'm going with plastic. I have recyclable material, so I grabbed a 24 oz plastic #1 pop bottle, cut the flat center out and wrapped around the handlebar and taped. Put heat element around that. I'll let you know how it works. Ghetto fixes are something I always consider. Never know when you need to live off the land... :D

    Now I have to figure out how to keep the grip from spinning.. whoops! I'll try some super 90 spray adhesive.
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  12. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    So how did it work out for you? I am installing some heated elements under my grips as we speak and I'd like to figure out this heat sink issue...

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  13. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Fired it up the other day and the heat was nice and even! You have to use the spray adhesive to hold the plastic onto the handlebar though.
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  14. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Any Ski-Doo snowmobile shops nearby? 'Doo's use a thin cork layer between the bars and grip warmers. Works great.

    Heat-shrink tubing will work too. Get the adhesive-lined stuff if you can find it.
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  15. epix1718

    epix1718 Been here awhile

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    Another recommendation for silicon tape, stuff works very well.
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  16. vade

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    Used a couple of layers of electric tape on mine, worked well.
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  17. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    If you've got a Ski-Doo shop nearby you can get really nice self adhesive cork bar insulators.

    Edit: d'oh...what he said.

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  18. Motomedic

    Motomedic Over-caffienated Raconteur

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    I use a old throttle tube, with the cable part cut off and a slit down the middle, glued and wired to the bar. When replacing grips I buy two pair and use two throttle sides, leaving the the two unused (left) grips for my bicycle. :evil
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  19. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I put the cheapo heated grips on my new V strom. Used electrical tape on the LH side, BUT. The heat is uneven due to the LH grip being much THICKER that the right side throttle tube. Looks like I need a thinner grip for the clutch side grip to remedy this problem.
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  20. Splatman

    Splatman ADVrider wannabe

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    For the clutch side I used a "Lock-On Grip System by ODI Grips".. Once you remove the grip (a pain cause it's bonded on really well)
    it's just like a throttle tube.. You then install the grip heater & grip to this pseudo throttle tube and install this unit to your bike with
    Aluminum Lock Jaw Clamps.. :thumb

    Lock-On Grip System by ODI Grips: New ~ $30.00.. Available at bicycle stores.. Or.. Since you do not need the grips buy used from
    Ebay for ~ $10.00.. Bought the 130mm length (115mm grip plus 2 clamps = 130mm).. One set will do two motorcycles.. Make sure
    the set includes the Aluminum Lock Jaw Clamps..

    Grip Heaters: I use Symtec Brand.. Complete kit (one clutch, one throttle, switch and misc) available from California Sport Touring..
    If done this way the clutch side can get too hot so I prefer to use "both sides throttle" and buy replacement heaters from Symtec..

    Grips: I use Scott Hurricane.. To do this properly you will need two throttle side grips (I use the other two on my mountain bike)..

    Grip Glue: Install my grips with: Three Bond Griplock.. And then lightly safety wired.. Doing it this way since 2008 never a problem..


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