Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
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