Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: North of Atlanta
2 screws left over! Arrgghhh!!!!
I was more than pleasantly surprised to find within an envelope on Christmas morning from my wife the receipt from my local Suzuki store for a brand new pair of electric grips! What a great idea and it is deeply appreciated. I do not let the winters we have here in North Georgia hamper my riding much unless there is the frozen stiff lying about on the roads :-)
Anyway, here's the problem.
The installation of the OEM handgrips is quite a job overall. I laughed when I saw the estimated time of installation on the instruction manual as one hour. Uh huh... maybe by a full Suzi technical team that has recently ingested some crystal meth....but I digress.
After the removal of the grips, left mirror,the gas tank covers, the GAS TANK itself, the right hand switch assembly..the pre-installed wiring harness was located, the grips installed, and the re-assembly began. Whoever thought of making the grip wiring harness SO short had a sadistic streak in him/her... and hopefully they never enter my operating room. :-)
Anyway, after struggling with the plastics (the most time consuming of all the aforementioned stuff coming off), I had two screws left over. Da** it. I hate when that happens.
There is a pic of them below....they are both the same size, one from each side. I have spent some time rolling around in my 'mechanics' chair with a high powered flashlight looking for the possible place they came from but haven't had any luck.
Since there wasn't anything "structural" removed during this procedure, I am thinking of just waiting for my manual (ordered the same day I picked up the heated grips) and look there. I know there are no online manuals available and the ones that are are stated elsewhere in this forum that they are pirated and cannot be used or their sites even referred from here so I am not going to even go there.
I hope my manual comes in soon (I know, I know, I should have already ordered it) but I just cannot remember where else these little guys came from.
After this is all resolved, I intend to write up the procedure to augment one great write-up here on the forum and another video on YouTube that shows the tricks to removing the gas tank covers. Both were extremely helpful with this project. I just need to add one or two minor tweaks that will certainly help anyone who's never done this before save some time and a lot of aggravation.
If anyone has any ideas I'll certainly go take a look and see if you are right. I just hate the idea of tearing it all down again if I may not have to; even tho the procedure is pretty well burned into my brain by now. :mrgreen:
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Poopy head #2 here....