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RiverRunner

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Heated Grips - What is easy to install and will last years?
« on: October 02, 2015, 12:17:57 am »
Took a week long trip recently on the 690's in south-central Oregon, several days were pretty wet and cold.  Got my wife and I longing for the heated grips on our Huskies.  I try to keep her happy...

What brand of grips have you installed that were both well designed and were easy to install?

Have you had long term experience with the Brand?

Will the switched accessory line available behind the headlight carry the load for heated grips or do you go back to the battery?

Thanks,

RR

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Oddfellow

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I just installed the Oxford Adventure heated grips. I used the accessory switched circuit. I also have my GPS on the circuit and everything worked great.  Still looking for a good place to mount the controller, I have it under The mirror stalk right now. It accessible but hard to see what setting your on.

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Oddfellow -

Between posting this and now I too bought the Oxford Adventure for our 690's.  Great reports on them and they sell replacement parts.

Did you find a connector for the accessory switched circuit to make the install look pretty?  I've not yet had the headlight cowling off the bike.

Sure wish we would of had the heated grips on vacation.  They make a world of difference in your attitude in cold / cold-wet weather.

Thanks for your reply.

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I have a set of Bullet connectors and receivers with sleeves that match the connectors in the shell. I just made up some jumpers, a 1 into 2 for the grips and gps. I think I bought the kit from aerostich years ago.

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OK, I thought the accessory plugs were a special plug like for the headlight of such where you could use a mate.  I used the switched accessory wires under the headlight shroud.  There is a lot more room behind the headlight with the LED lights I installed versus stock - made all the grips wiring easier to position.

I installed the Oxford Adventure series heated grips on two 690's this afternoon.  Pretty darn easy, only issue was where and how I was going to mount the controller.  Ended up just using zip ties, securing the Oxford supplied bracket to the HDB bark busters.  The controller is easy to control with gloves and a LED tells you what setting you are on.  This looks like a very high quality setup and you can buy replacement parts if needed - so they should stay working for a long time.  They get nice and toasty for a 45 degree night ride.

Also installed the Motominded "dually."  It is a two LED unit for low beam and then high beam is the two unit plus a four LED Squadron light, both lights sourced from BAJA Designs.  It is a very nice improvement over stock, a very big improvement.  The two LED low beam appears to have a relatively good cutoff and no one flashed me this evening on a drive, but it puts out a lot more light than stock.  High beams are really nice, I've always wanted to have this kind of ability to see deer and elk in the ditches - I know my wife is going to want this on her bike....