Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
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.
2007 Honda XR650L