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post #1 of 14 Old 04-27-2019, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Factory Heated Grips Reviee

I just installed the new factory heated grips on my 2017 650 so I thought I would post a review.

The install took me three and a half hours total including removing and replacing the factory hand guards. The tank has to be removed so the seat, tank, and side body work has to be removed. I followed Dr. Vstromís tank removal video and it all came apart without anything breaking.

Fishing the wiring harness through was a bit of work but it all ultimately went together as the excellent instructions indicated. I managed to get three wiring in without removing the air box but anyone with bigger hands (size large) might not have the room to work.

The system is truly plug and play but there is a fair amount of disassembly involved to get to the plug and play portion. I think I have read that the prior version was not all that warm, not true with the V3 grips. They heat very uniformly and get quite hot. I went out in summer weight leather gloves at 42 degrees Fahrenheit with the grips on high. Within a few miles I had to turn them down as my hands were getting too warm.

All in all my first impressions are very positive.

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Can you describe where the plug is? Is it under the fuel tank?

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Can you describe where the plug is? Is it under the fuel tank?

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The plug is under the fuel tank, below and to the left or the air box behind the radiator. It is taped to another connector and is capped so it actually looks like it is part of the other connector. Mine was taped with white tape, unwrap the tape and pull the cap off and you are good to go. The lead is short so you do not have much room to work however.

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Thanks for write up, very helpful. Iím looking to order the heated grips adapter from Eastern Beaver. Can you confirm if the plug looked like this:

or like this:


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Thanks for write up, very helpful. I’m looking to order the heated grips adapter from Eastern Beaver. Can you confirm if the plug looked like this:

or like this:


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My plug looked like the first white one.

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Thanks for the info. I purchased both leads from EB and only found the first (white) one. I installed Koso Apollo heated grips, they are very similar to OEM with an integrated 5 level illuminated switch in the left grip, plug and play with OEM heated grips plug, didn't have to move any body panels or tank.
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I LOVE my heated grips. I can't believe I went 30 years without them.

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My plug looked like the first white one.

Thank you, that was the only lead I could find when I took my tank off and I just wanted to make sure I wasnít missing anything.

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Thanks for the info. I purchased both leads from EB and only found the first (white) one. I installed Koso Apollo heated grips, they are very similar to OEM with an integrated 5 level illuminated switch in the left grip, plug and play with OEM heated grips plug, didn't have to move any body panels or tank.

I also installed the Koso Apolloís but I ran them back to the EB-PC8. I love that they have the integrated controller and the five levels as opposed to the factory three. I intend to use the heated grip lead for an accessory.



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Thank you, that was the only lead I could find when I took my tank off and I just wanted to make sure I wasnít missing anything.
I also installed the Koso Apolloís but I ran them back to the EB-PC8. I love that they have the integrated controller and the five levels as opposed to the factory three. I intend to use the heated grip lead for an accessory.
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For the Apollos, did you purchase the 120mm or 130mm length ?

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For the Apollos, did you purchase the 120mm or 130mm length ?


I didnít pay attention that there were more than one size when I bought them from Amazon. As it turns out, I got the 130mm grips. Had I known there were shorter, I would have bought them. The 130ís fit, but they do extend beyond the end of the tubes a little far and positioning the bar ends and hand guards to accommodate was a challenge. I would strongly suggest the 120ís for the Strom.


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