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post #1 of 17 Old 09-16-2019, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Need Some Help Troubleshooting Oxford Heaterz

My grip heaters worked one day and not the next. Oxford Heaterz with the 5 position controller and auto off feature.
The heaters have power - but when I turn them on they go into power save mode after about 5 seconds. I’ve checked the battery connections and the voltage at my battery is a steady 12.6 volts both running and off. They are about 3 years old.
No issues starting or with dim lights etc. No other electric devices installed.

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-16-2019, 04:04 AM
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12.6 with the motor running is to low for your grips and to low for your bike.

Looks like you have a charging problem, most likely the stator.
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That was my thought too... but was kind of in denial.
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Just spent some time with a different multimeter (the other very one is old and very cheap) plugged in to the battery tender pigtail and was getting 12.6 v with the ignition off and a steady 14.6 from idle up to 4500 rpm. I checked again with the ignition off and was at 13.3 but was watching it fall off by .01v every 5 seconds or so. My thought now is that I should replace the battery...
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Nope... battery shop says she’s good as gold.
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Look around the where the controller is attached at the handlebar ...mine wore through some insulation and would short. Bit of electrical tape and all good.


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Checked that before my first post... I also found a YouTube video about water in the controller but mine is sealed so tight I’d have to open it with a saw and hammer to check.
I’ll have to follow the wiring under the fairing and see where it goes. It’s definitely not hooked to the battery terminals.
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What is the voltage per side to the heated grips? The heated grip controller will vary the voltage. Both leads to the heated grip should read the same voltage output. You don't have to have the grips connected to test this voltage, to read voltage drop the heated grips have to be connected.
Often the leads are long enough to allow the plugs / connectors to be interchanged with each other, to test if the fault is at a particular heated grip. There have been heated grip controller failures reported as well. If there is 12V going into the controller, there should be an output voltage on each heated grip lead.
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Checked that before my first post... I also found a YouTube video about water in the controller but mine is sealed so tight I’d have to open it with a saw and hammer to check.
I’ll have to follow the wiring under the fairing and see where it goes. It’s definitely not hooked to the battery terminals.
Trying to recall the situation ...went without the heat for a while and the it got chilly - was at the point of opening that sealed controller when I noticed the wear....my memory sucks - but something about very hidden damage caused by rubbing against the clutch cable.

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I’ll have to follow the wiring under the fairing and see where it goes. It’s definitely not hooked to the battery terminals.
I'm going to assume that you are not the original owner - or - the dealer installed the grips. Your grips may be plugged into the OEM aux plug (near the radiator). I don't recall the amp rating of that fuse.

IF_ that is the case, you should power it from the battery. Someone on the forum will recall better than me about the aux plug circuit having limited capacity. As you know, the Oxford grips have a shutdown system if your bike hasn't vibrated for xx minutes. It may also shut down when presented with high resistance.

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