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post #1 of 33 Old 11-04-2013, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Suzuki Heated Grips vs. Aftermarket Heated Grips?

Is there much of a difference?

I did a 500+ mile ride in 40*-50* temps using the Suzuki heated grips with grip puppies. They definitely helped but never really seemed to get that warm.

Do aftermarket heated grips do any better?
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Suzuki grips are renowned for poor performance. Most after market grip heaters work better. https://www.google.com/search?client....0.HpSYaT9ilMA

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Personally, I would steer clear of oem heated grips. I purchased NIB grips from a dealer from up north, (I think Montana) in the spring of '12 simply because they were $100. I never got around to installing them until the next fall, (after any warranty would have expired), and they did not work. After testing them, I found the controller to be defective.

Fast forward to last month, I decided to buy another set and just use the controller, since the grips had already been glued on. I found some for $39.95 that had a controller that looked just like the oem, so I took a chance and ordered them. It did look like the original controller with a little different wiring and came with a harness to take power directly from the battery. I took the wiring harness from the original and modified the new controller so it would get power from the plug near the radiator. With this new controller I have grips that go from hot at the lowest setting, to very hot on high. I am now a happy camper.

Would I go this route again? Nope. I have approximately $150 tied up in grips that work no better than Oxfords that cost $80. My KLR is next on the list, and Oxfords will get the nod.

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I've used Oxford heated grips on two bikes now. If I run them at 100% I get burns on my hands, straight through my thick winter gloves. I never need more than 70%, and usually want less.

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Heated grips essential in real cold!

Lida, Dylan, Ray and myself did a run out to Condobolin and return this last winter. Temps ranged from -2C to 4C. Lida and I both had Oxford Heated grips on 100% for majority of the trip.Dylan had cheaper heated grips which he had on high the whole way. Correct clothing (many layers) and heated grips kept us warm throughout although Dylan finally had to put rain pants on to keep his legs warm. Great trip though. We went to see Utes in the Paddock - Outback artwork on Burrawang West Station Fantastic and worth the cool run. Rod

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I had heard that the Suzuki grips turn off below 2k rpm or something from the dealer? Not sure but they recommended I went aftermarket. I have heated glove liners instead. Not sure yet if it was the right choice. I think the liners are warmer but they are more difficult to use.

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..found some for $39.95 that had a controller that looked just like the oem, so I took a chance and ordered them. It did look like the original controller with a little different wiring and came with a harness to take power directly from the battery..
I noticed that too.

I had Oxford grips on my previous bike, they kept my hands warm, but, the damned thing kept shutting off every time I stopped for more than 15 seconds...it was too sensitive. My voltmeter never fell below 13.4v, yet the Oxfords shut down.

Still, the Oxfords did a MUCH better job heating my hands than the Trackside heaters.


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Trackside gets bad reports too. Oxford had trouble with old controllers but the present ones do better.

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i have these from a previous owner on my SV650:

HOT GRIPS-heated grips, hand warmers, grip warmers

Kind of wish i got them for the strom... Next year. never had an issue.

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I love my OEM grips, they do not shut off below 2000 rpm

oem grips do not have elements completely around the grip but there are elements where your hand make contact IF you had them rotated to the correct position when they were installed

IMHO the bad rap oem grips have is due to improper installation



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