Replacing heated grips (with non OEM ones)

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  1. gs_lad

    gs_lad Adventurer

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    Hello from Greece this is my first post but I have to say that I ve been reading this site for quite some time and it is one of my favorites.
    Today I replaced my bikes grips. I didnt mind them being too thin as some point out, it just so happens that the plastic had started to become too sticky and unpleasant to grab on due to its 3+ year exposure to the sun and the occasional use of the heating feature.
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    I went to a local moto-accesory store and bought what I was suggested which was a pair of "ariete" grips, specifically manufactured for BMW heated grips.
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    At 27 euro the price was a bit sour, but then again, the oem ones were out of the question.
    after assuring that the diameter of the new grips (length was 5mm longer) was the same as the old ones I reached the point of no return which is the slicing of the old grips.
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    You will start to see the heating circuit, which means that the cutter must be used with great precision and caution.
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    By pulling the grip and cutting only when it is neccessary you will eventually remove the old grip
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    You will have to remove any remaining rubber at the edge, again with caution to avoid damaging the heating circuit.
    I then tried to install the grip but of course it was too tight to insert without some sort of lubrication. The manual suggested water or surgical alcohol...Since I dont like the idea of water inside an electrical circuit, I used the latter...
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    The new grip next to the old one...
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    and after the installation...
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    bike is ready for use after 2 hours according to the manual...
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    This company "ariete" seems to produce also oem-replica ones, but this is what I found in my neighbourhood and it suits me ok.
    cheers!
    :norton
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  2. Mike.C

    Mike.C Stelvio Dreamer!

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    Bloody Brilliant!
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  3. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Thanks for the inside peek :D I've been needing to replace my grips and it's helpful to see the process just for sanity sake. This would be the first grip replacement I've done with a heating element... must be careful! :freaky
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  4. stege

    stege Wonderer

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    Awesome, thank you very much for the tutorial! :freaky
    The Ariete exact F800GS replacement grips part number is: 02624/L (125mm long, 26mm in diameter). Hope it helps others.
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  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The grips you bought look exactly like the stock ones for the F650GS single and the R1150GS too, two bikes I've owned before. I had a new set of spares from the single kicking around so I used your instructions and replaced some worn ones on my wife's 650 twin. Took about 20 minutes to do the whole job!

    I had some denatured alcohol and that worked perfectly to lube the new set.

    Thanks for the instructions!
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  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I bought a second set of BMW grips and all they had were the smaller size in stock, the left side, non heated grip version, and they went on nicely on my F800GS with heated grips, using denatured alcohol as the lube. I was a little worried since they do make two sizes of that grip and I should have used the larger size, especially on the throttle tube, but it worked anyway.
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  7. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    They look sharp!
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  8. runnr548

    runnr548 BMW Pilot

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    I replaced mine with their OEM version today. Other than a pain in the butt cutting on the originals off, they look and work great! When it's time to replace them again I will use the F650GS Thumper version. :-)
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  9. acap650

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    Those radially ribbed grips are some of my favorites. Small diameter on the inside for a good grip on the throttle (I have small hands) and larger diameter on outside for a good cushion. These are still available OEM from BMW AFAIK. Two throttle grips needed.
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  10. marxcr

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    Also, if you do want to replace them, not pay a fortune for original heated grips, and keep using BMW parts, order a pair of part 32721458396. They are originally for a GS1100 I believe, but they fit perfectly on a F650GS 2010. And as a bonus, it makes them a bit thicker and hence they feel better.
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