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post #1 of 9 Old 01-04-2010, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring question. Is this a good idea?

Now that I have had my heated grips (Symtecs) for a bit, I've noticed a few minor flaws.

One big issue I have is that the stock kit uses piggyback quick disconnects to attach to the rocker switch. These do not seem all that resistant to the conditions, as the terminals are not able to be insulated, due to their design. Would it be better to join the two wires together with a Posi-Lock, and then run them up to the toggle switch using an insulated female quick disconnect? This way just seems to leave less metal out in the conditions.

I'll also be replacing the round rocker switch that came with the kit with a waterproof toggle. The rocker is too difficult to opperate with cold hands wrapped in thick winter gloves.

If this doesn't make since I can add photos tonight. I'm on my cell so it's a little difficult to post those at this time.

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I ditched all the "connectors" and soldered everything on mine...then used heat shrink.

Switch used was the Hi off Low toggle with the rubbed "boot" thingy.

No problems at all in almost 8,000 miles...in all types of weather.

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Each set of two wires soldered, then also soldered to the switch.
Heat shrink over top of everything.
Have since covered the blue and white wires with electrical tape.

Rocker switch w/ rubber boot used.

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Thank you BTD, but Ive been banned for life from using a soldering iron. My 7th grade tech instructor would hunt me down and murder me if I so much as touched one.

I'm surprised my middle school let me back in after almost burning it down.

I will be heat shrinking the connectors. That's a definite. I attempted it this last go around but the HS tubing was low grade and I didn't have a good heat gun at the time.

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Soldering isn't hard...it just takes practice...hell, I soldered that holding the soldering pen in my mouth, wires in one hand, solder in the other hand.

And a hint on heat shrink...you can use a lighter...just be careful to not get it too hot...or else it will melt...as seen in the picture...the little bubbles...but it still looks fine to this day.

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Thanks for the tip about the match/lighter. I used that last time, which also resulted in some blistering, but the shrink tubing just would not shrink at all like it should have. It barely decreased it's size.

Maybe I'll swing by a store tonight and look at soldering gear. I did have fun doing it until the fire...

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A Harbor Freight heat gun is maybe $9... works great on heat shrink.

I do prefer the higher-quality heat shrink from a local electronics parts supply firm. They also have the glue-lined stuff for things I want to seal.

Those Scotch-Lok quick connectors that came with the grip heaters are an absolute abomination. They don't belong anywhere near a motor vehicle, unless it's on the back of a garbage truck.

However, Posi-Locks and Posi-Taps have been proven to work very well on motorcycles. They're a little bulky sometimes, but they're a great alternative for the soldering-averse.

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Soldering isn't hard...it just takes practice...hell, I soldered that holding the soldering pen in my mouth, wires in one hand, solder in the other hand.

And a hint on heat shrink...you can use a lighter...just be careful to not get it too hot...or else it will melt...as seen in the picture...the little bubbles...but it still looks fine to this day.

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A BBQ lighter is even easier to use than a lighter.

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A BBQ lighter is even easier to use than a lighter.
You can also use the soldering iron to shrink the heatshrink provided the heatshrink isn't too wide and the soldering iron isn't too tiny.
I solder & heatshrink basically all my connections. Much more secure and protected that way.

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