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post #1 of 8 Old 06-21-2019, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Fog Lights/ heated grips removal

I have recently upgraded to a new to me 2014 dl1000a. The previous owner had heated grips and an accessory bar with LED Foglights. I'm not sure I want to keep either, there are wires zip tied all over the place or the lights and the heated grips crowd the handle bars. Would the easiest solution be to just buy new bars and Grips?
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-21-2019, 11:38 PM
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Both are typically considered very useful upgrades.

Unless you never ride when it may be wet and/ or cold, the heated grips are a life saver.

And additional lights up front, well why not? I have 4 of them.

If you don't like the wiring job, just make it nice and neat. And if you don't like the location of the driving lights then move them to a better location.

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Both are typically considered very useful upgrades.

Unless you never ride when it may be wet and/ or cold, the heated grips are a life saver.

And additional lights up front, well why not? I have 4 of them.

If you don't like the wiring job, just make it nice and neat. And if you don't like the location of the driving lights then move them to a better location.
The problem I have with the grips is they are cramping the other controls. I guess I can readjust them, and I'm not sure if the wiring job is faulty or if one bulb is going out. It is very dim etc.
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Very dim usually means a poor ground. If both lights are using the same ground and one light is bright, then I would look elsewhere for the problem.
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@gdrew how would you do this process. Start at the battery? New to this stuff
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Well that's a great question. Depends on the method the original installer chose. In my case I ran a single ground wire from my aftermarket fuse box to a grounding post that I mounted to the right lower inside of my faring. All my upfront aftermarket electrical do-dads are grounded to this single post. Your bike may have individual wires running back to the battery for each component or some shared ground wires. Hopefully none of the wiring is grounded to the frame, that could be the problem...
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Are your fog lights LED or halogen? If halogen then toss them out and get LED lights, much less power draw and more light. If they are LED and one is dim it's likely the light itself dying. Look where the power for them comes from and where its split to the two lights and swop the two connections to see if that fixes the brightness issue. Do the same for the ground connection. The ground should go to the battery (NOT to the frame) either directly or via a grounding post as gdrew has or via an aftermarket fuse box somewhere in the back under the seat.

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Just move the heated grips controller, if that is the problem.
Some of the cheaper fog lights/side lights are quite dim but they are intended more to promote your visibility to other road users.
Both items may one day be of benefit. No need for removal. If you feel that the lights should be brighter check the wiring connectors for a bad or oxidised connection and "tidy up" the wiring if you feel the need.

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