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Old 11-18-2012, 10:27 PM
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Default Oxford heated GRIP (not grips) failure!?

anyone familiar, or experienced, oxford heated grip failure? my left grip isn't working at all. one day they were both fine next day only right side works and has been like that for past few days? i have had them for several months but haven't really used them until recently, they both were for for at least 10-12 times used thus far. i bought them and had them installed by twisted throttle. i will be calling them tomorrow but didn't know if you smart people had any ideas?

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The grips themselves are sealed units and generally pretty tough. It's more likely to be a problem with the cheap bullet terminals in the grip-to-controller interconnect, or else the notoriously flaky control unit itself. But since you're only having an issue with one grip, it sounds like a loose connection. Did you check the cabling, and switch up the left and right grips (at the Y connector) to try and isolate the problem?
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The grips themselves are sealed units and generally pretty tough. It's more likely to be a problem with the cheap bullet terminals in the grip-to-controller interconnect, or else the notoriously flaky control unit itself. But since you're only having an issue with one grip, it sounds like a loose connection. Did you check the cabling, and switch up the left and right grips (at the Y connector) to try and isolate the problem?
When I installed mine I was so unimpressed with the bulk and chintzyness of the connectors that I cut them out, shortened the wires to fit nicely and then soldered and taped the connections.

Snowkarver is likely right in his analysis. You could undo the connections and check the continuity or resistance of the grips individually. Sometimes just disconnecting and reconnecting connectors will renew the connection. Since they are wired in parallel, one grip can have a bad connection (or fail internally) without affecting the other.

Overall they work well for me, and the controller is just a bit of a pain. They are paid for, installed, and work - so I'm happy enough. But some do have problems with the controller - which doesn't seem to be your issue.

Fwiw, I also wired mine into a switched circuit so there is no chance of them being left on with the bike turned off.
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I think the grips themselves are very nicely done - I like that they're a single, rugged, integrated unit, and they're the perfect diameter for me.

Everything past the grip cords is pretty poor though. I junked everything from the connectors up, and used my own 16ga wiring and a tiny 5-setting Symtec controller wired up to an EB relay.


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Yup the connector can get flaky. Happened to me too. I cleaned it up and used some dialetric grease. Mo bettah now. I also wrapped the connectors together with Duc tape to keep them cleaner and dryer.
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When the left Oxford grip quit it was the wiring in the grip. I checked the resistance and it was open. I had not "registered" my purchase so no love from Oxford. I also had to replace their $hit controller with a toggle switch.
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See the October edition of Motorcycle Consumer News where they install and rate both the Oxford heated grips and Dual-Star grip heaters. No surprise to me -- I've had both -- but the Dual-Stars were preferred. $35, easy install under your choice of grips, and no need for a juice-wasting and where-do-you-install-it? resistor.

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thank you all for the responses. i initially checked connections but went back rechecked and cleaned the white clip like connection that integrates the left wire in a Y fashion to the right/main electrical line. this wire came loose! all fixed and taped up tight! thanks again, happy winter riding brrrr....
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haha! thanks man
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