Heated Grip Install Help - Chicago Area - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Midwest OH, IL, IN, Mich, Missouri, Minn., WI

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 Old 12-04-2014, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Buck83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Posts: 93
Garage
Heated Grip Install Help - Chicago Area

Wondering if someone with experience installing heated grips would be interested in helping me put them on my newly acquired '08 Wee? I live in Naperville, IL.
Can compensate your time with cash, beer or bourbon.

"I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane" ~ Waylon Jennings
Buck83 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 12-04-2014, 08:39 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
KZDon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
Posts: 1,218
Take a look at this thread

https://www.stromtrooper.com/maintena...ml#post2614466

Those are the instructions for the OEM grip heaters. It gives you a general idea of how to install the grips, and then covers wiring, if you're using the connector behind the radiator. Be prepared to unscrew the mounting bolts of the rad and tilt it forward in order to find and reach the connector.

If you're going with Oxfords or some other brand than OEMs, google "Oxford grip heater install vstrom". There are several videos out there and one of the sites - it may be Twisted Throttle or Oxford's own site - has specific step by step instructions for mounting their Adventure grips on a VStrom.

It's a finicky job but stays at the low end of the difficulty scale. Post up more specific questions if you get stuck.

'04 650, and goshdarnit it's fun - matte silver (#9 in the Silver 'Strom Club)
farewell to an '81 KZ550, '83 GPz750, '83 V45 Sabre, R-Reg GT380, '84 GPz550, early '70s DT175, and a '72 Peugeot 102
KZDon is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 12-04-2014, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Buck83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Posts: 93
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by KZDon View Post
Take a look at this thread

https://www.stromtrooper.com/maintena...ml#post2614466

Those are the instructions for the OEM grip heaters. It gives you a general idea of how to install the grips, and then covers wiring, if you're using the connector behind the radiator. Be prepared to unscrew the mounting bolts of the rad and tilt it forward in order to find and reach the connector.

If you're going with Oxfords or some other brand than OEMs, google "Oxford grip heater install vstrom". There are several videos out there and one of the sites - it may be Twisted Throttle or Oxford's own site - has specific step by step instructions for mounting their Adventure grips on a VStrom.

It's a finicky job but stays at the low end of the difficulty scale. Post up more specific questions if you get stuck.
Thanks! I have the OEM heated grips. I'm capable of general maint and can fix just about anything, I just don't want it to look like I'm the one that installed them lol. I want it to look professionally installed but the the local Suzuki dealer wants $200?!
I've downloaded the images you linked and may take my time and give it a shot if nobody locally chimes in. I appreciate the link and info!

Justin

"I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane" ~ Waylon Jennings
Buck83 is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 Old 12-05-2014, 01:10 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
KZDon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
Posts: 1,218
Leave the beer until you're ready to celebrate - besides, you'll want to go for a ride to test the heated grips.

The install is quite straightforward following the instructions. Getting at the wiring behind the radiator is the toughest part. I pulled off all of the fairing before starting.

I don't recall if the OEM gripheaters come with grip glue, but pick some up, or at least some hairspray before you start. Don't go overboard with the grip glue - just enough to keep them from being loose will do.

One issue with the OEMs is that the left grip seems colder than the right. The reasonable guess is that the left bar is acting as a heat sink, so heat radiated from the grip heater is going into the bars as well as out to your hand. On the right side the throttle tube acts as an insulator so more heat goes out to the hand. It has been suggested that by wrapping the left bar with electrical tape before installing the grip heater, that problem would be solved, although I am not sure how well the grip glue would work with the electrical tape. Post here if you try it and it works.

Take special care with the routing of the wiring and zip tie locations. Too much slack in the wiring or too little are both problems.

'04 650, and goshdarnit it's fun - matte silver (#9 in the Silver 'Strom Club)
farewell to an '81 KZ550, '83 GPz750, '83 V45 Sabre, R-Reg GT380, '84 GPz550, early '70s DT175, and a '72 Peugeot 102
KZDon is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 12-06-2014, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Buck83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Posts: 93
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by KZDon View Post
Leave the beer until you're ready to celebrate - besides, you'll want to go for a ride to test the heated grips.

The install is quite straightforward following the instructions. Getting at the wiring behind the radiator is the toughest part. I pulled off all of the fairing before starting.

I don't recall if the OEM gripheaters come with grip glue, but pick some up, or at least some hairspray before you start. Don't go overboard with the grip glue - just enough to keep them from being loose will do.

One issue with the OEMs is that the left grip seems colder than the right. The reasonable guess is that the left bar is acting as a heat sink, so heat radiated from the grip heater is going into the bars as well as out to your hand. On the right side the throttle tube acts as an insulator so more heat goes out to the hand. It has been suggested that by wrapping the left bar with electrical tape before installing the grip heater, that problem would be solved, although I am not sure how well the grip glue would work with the electrical tape. Post here if you try it and it works.

Take special care with the routing of the wiring and zip tie locations. Too much slack in the wiring or too little are both problems.
Thanks for the advice, and especially the subtle encouragement! I had to have the wife assist me with her skinny hands and for help locating the accessory outlet. For anyone reading this in the future, I had to remove all radiator bolts to be able to fish out necessary plug.

Only problem I experienced was a piece coming loose inside the throttle side of bars. It is a round piece of rubber that has a square hole in it with a square nut that is supposed to rest inside. The nut was floating freely behind the rubber.
I didn't realize this had come loose until everything was completely assembled and I couldn't get the bar end to tighten! I fished it all out, touched some gorilla glue on it and have it all sitting over night. Not sure if this is right but as long as the bar end will stay on for toys for tots tomorrow I can correct as to any suggestions that follow later as winter continues to pound us.
Thanks again for the encouragement, was rewarding to do myself, as well as save the 200 the dealer wanted. Hope to be able to pay it forward some day.

Justin
Buck83 is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 12-06-2014, 10:15 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
You should not have glued it. The proper way to use the bar end weight is to loosen the screw, not remove it. With the screw loose, the entire assembly can be removed from the bar.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 12-06-2014, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Buck83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Posts: 93
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
You should not have glued it. The proper way to use the bar end weight is to loosen the screw, not remove it. With the screw loose, the entire assembly can be removed from the bar.
This piece actually rested inside the bars themselves. It's what the screw that holds the bar end screw and all in. Otherwise I could crank everything down and slide the entire bar end assembly out, including this anchor thing? I don't know I don't think I'm understanding the concept of how this would stay in without the rubber piece/nut being affixed inside the tube?
I'm not disagreeing with you, as you are one of the most knowledgeable members on this thread. I just want to make sure we're talking about the same part.

Last edited by Buck83; 12-06-2014 at 10:42 PM.
Buck83 is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 12-06-2014, 11:42 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
#7 is a rubber expander. When the screw is tightened, #7 is squeezed between #6 and #8, causing it to expand against the inside of the handlebar. Loosen the screw no more than 1/2" and the entire #2 assembly can be wiggled out as a unit. That operation is covered in the manual and should be in the instructions that came with the grips.


Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 12-07-2014, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Buck83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Posts: 93
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
#7 is a rubber expander. When the screw is tightened, #7 is squeezed between #6 and #8, causing it to expand against the inside of the handlebar. Loosen the screw no more than 1/2" and the entire #2 assembly can be wiggled out as a unit. That operation is covered in the manual and should be in the instructions that came with the grips.

Ohhhh, yea it didn't come out with the assembly when changing the throttle tube and grip. I do understand what you were saying now about tightening end screw some and then tightening bar end.

So do you think it would be okay to leave as is or would you fish it out, clean and use as designed?

Thanks again.

"I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane" ~ Waylon Jennings
Buck83 is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 12-07-2014, 11:44 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
If you used gorilla glue, there is no real option. It's not coming out if cured. Just be very careful not to push #8 out of #7 in any future operation or you may have to replace the handlebar.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome