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post #1 of 4 Old 08-17-2014, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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SYMTEC Motorcycle Grip Warmers

Just finished installing SYMTEC 210019RR Grip Warmers on wife's 2006 DL650. Used the Eastern Beaver VSHGA adapter to the factory connector behind the radiator. Only had to supply one butt splice wore connector for the ground lead. Only difficulty was plugging the connectors together with one hand.

Helpful tips I found here;
Don't unscrew the bar ends too far and lose the compression nut into the bar.
Squirt some soapy water beneath the grip with a syringe to aid removal.
Use a little tape to secure the heating elements for grip installation.

The instructions didn't call for heat shrink on the clutch side for steel bars but I wish I had put some or some tape beneath the element as the throttle side heated up more quickly.

Thanks to all that supplied the information. I know my wife is going to enjoy the heated grips.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-17-2014, 06:51 PM
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I did put shrink tape on the clutch side and after applying the heat tape, fully wrapped the heat tape with electrical tape. I also used a little high temp gasket sealant to secure the grips back on. So far so good. Both heat about the same.

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-18-2014, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Did it right this time.

Got our second 06 wee. This time I put the heat shrink under the clutch side. No adhesive, both sides tight as heck and no likely to move. Yesterday used them early and late in the day. Low setting was as good or better than my BMW factory grips were. Only problem was finding the unlighted switch in the dark with gloves on but really not much of a problem. Ran them on high in cool temps once and it took quite a while for the grips to cool down to the point it didn't feel like I was cooking my hands. Probably have to be below freezing to need that setting. Pretty much an essential add for me to maintain feel of the controls in cooler weather.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-18-2014, 12:35 PM
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I've installed many sets of these. Love 'em.

They're more expensive than the cheapies, but they're worth it, I think. They have two separate heating element paths, so there's no stupid resistor to find a place for.

And yes, the heat shrink on the clutch side is essential. I honestly don't know why they don't include this in the package. But then again, the installation instructions are batshit insane -- clamp a Scotchlok on your headlight wire? Uh, no. Hell no.

Just between me and thee, if you need to replace your handlebars, you can carefully and slowly peel the heating elements off your old handlebars and stick them onto the new ones (usually only need to do the clutch side unless you really screwed up and mangled the throttle tube). The 3M adhesive is pretty amazing stuff if you keep it clean. I've done this three or four times on my KLR650. Yeah, I'm crap off-road...

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