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I have found everything but an installation guide. Santa brought me Oxford heated grips and I already ordered the Eastern Beaver plug now all I need is some installation help. Where did you run the wires, any issues, will I need to file or grind anything, etc?
 

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If I recall, the factory throttle tube has ridges and ribs on it and the OEM grip is molded into it. I had a G2 throttle tamer tube at the same time, so wasnt an issue with my heated grips. Take a look and be prepaired ahead of time.

I dont remember if I have oxfords or off brand, but I put my heat control on the left bar, and ran the wires down with the clutch line.

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I did the same with the G2, but if you go that route you will likely notice less heat in the throttle grip due to the aluminum tube acting as a heat sink...not a deal killer, but it's noticable.

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I ran the wires to the switched fuse block I mounted under the seat. The Oxford control will shut off if you forget to do it when you turn the bike off (if it was wired directly to the battery), but it will drain your battery a bit before it does that, I prefer to keep my battery charge as high as possible.

A fuse block is highly recommended for many other applications as well.
 

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I have done two installs of the Oxfords, one on my 2005 and then again when I got my 2017. Both went smoothly without any drama. I ran my power for the Oxfords straight back to the battery. (Fused of course!) This seems simple and it works just fine. It has never given me an issue in all these years.

As for putting on the grips:
They tell you to cut off the old ones. Well, I don't like cutting off grips....just a personal thing about cutting up or destroying any good part. What I do is take a love very thin screw driver and start working it up under the grip (from the "inside"....i.e. center of the bike working outward). If they don't just pop loose I give a little shot of WD40 up inside and work that around. The old grips almost jump off!

I clean up the area where the old glue was. I have not put glue on any of my new Oxfords while installing them. (and in twelve years none came loose, BTW). I get the bars perfectly clean and then I put some straight dish detergent on the inside of the new grip. Not too much, just a few drops smeared around evenly. (This is how we use to mount those stiff beaded tires on my old off road race bikes. The detergent makes the rubber slick but then it dries out and gets very sticky, like glue).
With a little detergent the grips will slide on with a little help. I use a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer on the end, or just the heel of my hand, and pop them on. Once on I let them sit so the detergent can do its magic and turn into glue. OH, BTW, if you ever need to remove them.....just spray some water or Windex up in there and they will "release" and come off.

You need to put some thought into where you want the wires to the grips to be located once the grips are on. The right side needs to rotate so you have to make sure it has room to turn through its arc without hitting anything. The left side you have more space to work with as it doesn't move. As for the switch, I just use the mounting hardware that came with it. I removed one of bolts that hold the switch gear/mirror mount on and attached the mount there. Note that you might need to bend the bracket to suit your mounting point. Its easy, just clamp it in a vice and carefully reform it to make it fit where yo would like it.
 

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Just finished the Oxford install. Took multiple ideas with where to mount the controller. I ended up heating it and bending the mount about 130deg from the direction it came bent. This allowed me to get it close enough for my thumb to hit it while on my grip. 2014 vee. Tucking all the wires away to allow for steering is a chore. I may cut them down to take some slack out as a future project.
 

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Just finished the Oxford install. Took multiple ideas with where to mount the controller. I ended up heating it and bending the mount about 130deg from the direction it came bent. This allowed me to get it close enough for my thumb to hit it while on my grip. 2014 vee. Tucking all the wires away to allow for steering is a chore. I may cut them down to take some slack out as a future project.
Will be getting this done next weekend and thanks for the info.
 

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I'm looking at installing a set of Oxford grips on 2018 DL1000XT, and I know there should be an accessory connector somewhere behind the radiator, and I'd like to use it.

I don't want to cut into the wiring harness, so I was hoping I could find a connector I could easily mate it with. I know that for the older Vees there was an OEM horn connector that could be used for this, does anyone know if there's a similar part for the 2017+ Vees?

If not, I'd have no issues crimping it myself, but could you please tell me what type of connector should I look for? I'd like to avoid stripping the bike twice (once for figuring out the connector type, second for actually installing it).

I'm not creating a new thread in the appropriate section since I'm hoping that the 2014-2016 bikes are the same as the newer ones in this respect but, if I'm proven wrong, I'll be happy to do so.
 

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Ah, so the connector is the same as the one used in the older vees. That's great to hear, I can just get the plug and crimp it myself on the oxford leads.
 

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You're welcome. Another few posts by you and all will be good for editing and selling/buying. It is necessary to protect us all from scammers and trolls. :grin2:

I recommend purchasing the plug. There is no room under there to cut and replace that existing plug. Solder more wire to it before plugging it in and then cut it back to the length you need. Much easier.
 

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I'm mostly a lurker on most forums I'm a member of, getting past that limit is usually a pain in the butt. :)

That's what I meant, getting a 090 HM male connector with terminals instead of buying the wiring harness from Eastern Beaver, crimping it myself on the Oxford grips wires, and then plugging it into the female connector on the bike. Less electrical connections this way.

Speaking of simplifying the wiring, is the accessory connector on the bike fused?
 

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The newer Oxford grips are also able to be wired directly to the battery for a simple install...they have built-in auto shut off circuitry. Personally I always go the fuze box/relay route for all my gadgets...
My little Yamaha FZ-09 was a delight however...they provided three, easy to use, switched auxiliary connectors. What a concept!

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I know I'd probably be ok having the grips connected to the battery and just rely on the "smart" controller to do its job, but I'm old school in this regard and I don't really trust wiring any accessories directly to the bat. Switched or relayed connections are golden.

I do have a relay box (not installed yet), but I want to use it for things like fog lights and chain oiler. For the heated grips, I want to use the already available connector since it's already provided by Suzuki.

Nice feature on the Yamaha!
 

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I know I'd probably be ok having the grips connected to the battery and just rely on the "smart" controller to do its job, but I'm old school in this regard and I don't really trust wiring any accessories directly to the bat. Switched or relayed connections are golden.



I do have a relay box (not installed yet), but I want to use it for things like fog lights and chain oiler. For the heated grips, I want to use the already available connector since it's already provided by Suzuki.



Nice feature on the Yamaha!
Don't know if you have a resource for connectors, but cycleterminal.com is pretty awesome...

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I have done two installs of the Oxfords, one on my 2005 and then again when I got my 2017. Both went smoothly without any drama. I ran my power for the Oxfords straight back to the battery. (Fused of course!) This seems simple and it works just fine. It has never given me an issue in all these years.

As for putting on the grips:
They tell you to cut off the old ones. Well, I don't like cutting off grips....just a personal thing about cutting up or destroying any good part. What I do is take a love very thin screw driver and start working it up under the grip (from the "inside"....i.e. center of the bike working outward). If they don't just pop loose I give a little shot of WD40 up inside and work that around. The old grips almost jump off!

I clean up the area where the old glue was. I have not put glue on any of my new Oxfords while installing them. (and in twelve years none came loose, BTW). I get the bars perfectly clean and then I put some straight dish detergent on the inside of the new grip. Not too much, just a few drops smeared around evenly. (This is how we use to mount those stiff beaded tires on my old off road race bikes. The detergent makes the rubber slick but then it dries out and gets very sticky, like glue).
With a little detergent the grips will slide on with a little help. I use a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer on the end, or just the heel of my hand, and pop them on. Once on I let them sit so the detergent can do its magic and turn into glue. OH, BTW, if you ever need to remove them.....just spray some water or Windex up in there and they will "release" and come off.

You need to put some thought into where you want the wires to the grips to be located once the grips are on. The right side needs to rotate so you have to make sure it has room to turn through its arc without hitting anything. The left side you have more space to work with as it doesn't move. As for the switch, I just use the mounting hardware that came with it. I removed one of bolts that hold the switch gear/mirror mount on and attached the mount there. Note that you might need to bend the bracket to suit your mounting point. Its easy, just clamp it in a vice and carefully reform it to make it fit where yo would like it.
Compressed air works great for removing the old grips. Just work the nozzle under the open end and they expand and pop off in about two seconds with no damage.
 
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