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post #1 of 9 Old 11-19-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap quick heated grip install

I needed something quick and cheap for hand warmers this year, so I installed the heat demon atv handwarmers. They were on clearance at a local shop that was going out of business for $25. I was not sure if I would like them, and because they are ATV, one would be hotter than the other due to the handlebar heat sink on the clutch side, I decided to do a temporary install. I really did not want to take of the grip and grind the throttle tube off. I plan on getting a better pair in the next year or two, and I also plan on new handlebars, so I will upgrade then. Here are a few pics of my install. I can remove them in the spring in about 15 min. It took me the most time to fabricate the switch bracket.

I used a mountain bike inner tube to hold the grips in place. I taped the heaters to the grips and then rolled an inner tube over them.













I wired it into my homemade power outlet plate with lighted switch.




This design works great. They get super hot and have held up very well. In total, $25 is not bad for how well this works.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-20-2013, 08:33 AM
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nice job!
cheap is good
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-20-2013, 12:39 PM
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Good penny tech, now install some grip puppies over that and you have perfection!

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post #4 of 9 Old 11-20-2013, 08:10 PM
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I have those same heaters on my bike and had them on my old BMW. Those are Symtec grip heaters and are relatively inexpensvie, but I wouldn't call them "cheap" as in poor quality.

You can get the basic set up with a simple hi/lo switch here for about $40

ATV Symtec Heat Demon ATV Handlebar Grip Heater Kit | MotoSport

When I decided to put these on the VStrom, I found the same heaters, but with a much better 4 level switch, but that did add about $80 to the picture!

I still love them and would highly reccomend them, either the basic set up or with the four way controller. The controller has been slightly changed since I got mine last year, but the same basic idea, four levels, push button clicks up one level at a time and then returns to off.

These suckers get HOT and sometimes you don't need full high.

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Unfortunately I don't have any old inner tubes lying around and not up to spec on sizing so I'll have to buy one - do you know what size inner tube you used ? I need a quick fix and got some of those grip heaters on order.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-26-2013, 09:11 AM
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Stobie, you might pop into a bike shop and ask if they have any old used tubes from their bike service. They probably throw away a variety of sizes every week with the interest in bikes now. Probably the smallest size would expand to fit over the bars...being rubber and all.
The high/low switch isn't as good as a nice variable controller but that's all that came on my pricey BMW...high, low and off! Cheap buggers!
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The tube I used was a mountain bike tube. I tried a road bike tube first, but it would not stretch enough. I agree that a bike shop would probably give you one for free. I just happened to have a buddy that had a few old ones laying around. I have to say, this setup works really well. I could use a bit more control, because they get really hot. I will plan on designing a controller this winter hopefully. I would like to do a current limiting design that would not waste excess power.
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Thanks for that, I'll have a look out tomorrow see what I can find.

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My Oxfords get warm enough that I used a heavy duty adhesive on the grips to keep them from rotating on the bars.
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