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Oxford heaterz vs R&G

I was looking at theses oxford heaterz ( Product - A Vicious Cycle ) but then noticed these R&G heated grips ( Product - A Vicious Cycle ).

The Oxfords look more comfortable and seem to have a pretty good rep, so I'm inclined to go that way, but I noticed that the R&Gs only draw about 0.5 amps compared to almost 4 amps for the Oxfords.

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Do not waste your money on the R&G grips

The R&G grips are absolute garbage, and they do not get hot at all "trust me". Matter of fact it is very easy to see why, all they have is a bit of thin wire wrapped around the grip held in place with clips under the rubber grip itself. Oxfords are great, but I like Symtecs with my choice of grips over them better than anything else......and I doubt the competition makes anything hotter and that lasts any longer.

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I like the Oxford grips because it's an all in one package with obviously 2 grips, 5 way controller, and wire harness. These grips get hot too and I find myself only using 75% power or less most of the time. The only thing about the grips is you have to shave down all the ribbing on the throttle tube for the install. It's not hard at all and can be done fairly quickly with a razor, wood chisel, ect.

Which ever way you decide to go let me recommend that you get a factory horn wire harness to plug right into the factory heated grip harness if you don't already have grips installed. This will put the grips on a relay so you never have to worry about shutting them off.

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I was looking at theses oxford heaterz ( Product - A Vicious Cycle ) but then noticed these R&G heated grips ( Product - A Vicious Cycle ).

The Oxfords look more comfortable and seem to have a pretty good rep, so I'm inclined to go that way, but I noticed that the R&Gs only draw about 0.5 amps compared to almost 4 amps for the Oxfords.

Any experience or thoughts to share?
If they really draw 0.5 amp., this mean they have only 6 watts of power. That is not enough. If they draw more than 0.5amp, this mean they are lying. In both case I would avoid to buy them.

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http://www.rg-racing.com/browseType/...G000122C.aspx#

I guess the specified 0.5 amp is at the minimum power setting. On their website it say they draw 4 amp., so they have 48watt power. It make more sense.
I would go anyway with the oxford, the controller look less cheapo than the R&G.

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The Oxford grips are great, but the controller is notoriously problematic. This is easily solved with the use of a Heattroller controller.

Had been using the stock controller on my last bike. Counted myself lucky not to be one of the people with a failed controller ..... till it failed. Installed a Heattoller, and loved the combo so much I had no hesitation choosing it for the Glee. Have the grips wired using the EB accessory harness too, BTW.

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I like the Oxford grips because it's an all in one package with obviously 2 grips, 5 way controller, and wire harness. These grips get hot too and I find myself only using 75% power or less most of the time. The only thing about the grips is you have to shave down all the ribbing on the throttle tube for the install. It's not hard at all and can be done fairly quickly with a razor, wood chisel, ect.



Which ever way you decide to go let me recommend that you get a factory horn wire harness to plug right into the factory heated grip harness if you don't already have grips installed. This will put the grips on a relay so you never have to worry about shutting them off.

I had initially read your post wrong written something and then reread your post and what I wrote didn't make sense.


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I have the oxford grips and they work well. Only issue I've had is sometimes I have to rev the engine a bit to get them to turn on. I am putting a new battery in this spring to try and fix that issue.

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I really enjoy the Oxofords, they heat quickly and have a very large range. I even put a pair of sponge grips over them and they still heat very well. Was easy to install. I have the older version which does not have the auto off, I installed it on a switched circuit/Acc so there is no way of walking away from the bike with the key off and having the controller still running the grips and draining the battery, sometimes when I start the bike though the grips are auto on and drive for a while and go...why are my hands so warm?? oh yeah need to turn off the grips. They work well for mild temps but for 0 C temps up here I use Gerbings heated gloves.

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Thanks for all the feedback guys.
At minimum, I'll go with the Oxfords, but I'll do a bit more research into the other options to see if there's something I like better.
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Thanks for all the feedback guys.
At minimum, I'll go with the Oxfords, but I'll do a bit more research into the other options to see if there's something I like better.
Just stay away from the R&G and you will be fine.

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