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It worked! I just finished installing dual star grip heaters.I used the horn lead connector from Suzuki[which I was able to connect from the right side of the bike without removing anything]and I re-used the factory grips.The clutch side feels slightly fatter than the throttle side now,because I put the insulator heat shrink tube on first as recommended by dual star because I have pro-taper aluminum bars and he said they would dissipate the heat too fast and the clutch side would feel cold without it. I started the bike and let them warm up and they seem to heat evenly on both sides,I only ran it for a few minutes on hi but so far so good.
If anyone is nervous about doing this mod,or is thinking of paying big $ to have some fancy grips installed by a dealer,DON’T it is very easy to do yourself,just follow the instructions and take your time. The install took me bout 2 hours.
 

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Congrats on the successful install.

Now go fill out your profile so we know where you are and if the heated grips are justifiable. Also, add a sig line so we know what you ride. ;)
 

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There,I hope living in Mn.and getting nearly 3000 miles on since last fall makes my bike worthy of heated grips.[I do feel pretty stupid for not putting them on months ago].
 

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The address is Minnesota - that should qualify for heated grips. I think Minnesota gets colder than most of Alaska (it is too close to the ocean) and it is about as close to Canada as you can get.

Heck, I have, and use, and need, heated grips here in SoCal because I am an old wimp that rides in the dark, early mornings every day.
 

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I have the same setup. I find that the clutch side doesn't warm up as well as the throttle. I have Renthal bars with the heat shrink tubing as well. I kinda like the fatter grip on the left side. I used to have a problem with the grip moving on the bare bar. I guess the Renthals are smaller diameter than the stock ones.

You said you used the horn lead. Is this is a plug you can buy that will fit into the heated grip connector on the bike? If so I wasn't aware of this. I went medieval with my hookup and spliced into the heated grip wires behind the connector.
 

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I'd say MN is heated grip territory. Now, SoCal?? That is a different story! ;)

I wasn't giving the man (I assume the person posting is a man) grief, just suggesting he add some details to his profile so we know when he posts in the future. Should be part of the requirements to get a username here. IMHO.
 

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Heavy, have you noticed your profile. Ontario is a pretty big location to come from. Haven't picked on you for a while so today is the day. lol.:D
 

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You said you used the horn lead. Is this is a plug you can buy that will fit into the heated grip connector on the bike?
Yes. The Suzuki part number is 36852-06G00
 

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Heavy, have you noticed your profile. Ontario is a pretty big location to come from. Haven't picked on you for a while so today is the day. lol.:D
Funny you hit on that. I was meaning to be a little more specific with my description but didn't get around to it.

Why, maybe I'll do it right now....
 

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I just bought some dual-star heated grips. Does a 2004 dl650 also have the existing wiring harness for heated grips so that I can buy the suzuki horn connector and make the install easier? I want to make sure before I order the part from Suzuki.
 

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The Suzuki part number is 36852-06G00
Also An Eastern Beaver VStrom heated grip adapter from Suzuki VStrom Electrics will plug right in to the OEM connector, comes in two lengths and is available with different end connectors.
 

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Thanks for that link, but you didn't answer my question.

Here's another question too: Where are people mounting the switch? I've only found one picture so far of someone who mounted it through their fairing, which makes me a little nervous.
 

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I wouldn't have given a part number if you didn't have a connector. All V-Stroms have them. Switches can be bar mounted, fairing mounted or put on various dash panels from after market sources. All have been done. I much prefer variable controllers over switches. I have one on my left hand guard and one on the plastic band in front of the fuel tank.
 

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Uh oh, the eastern beaver website lists $400+ for the shipping and handling. Apparently they don't have them in stock anymore.

Edit: Hmm....well I tried adding a different accessory (their power outlet setup) to see if that had similar results, and now it shows a reasonable shipping price for both items in my cart. Maybe that was just a strange fluke.
 

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What kind of problems? Reading the description it sounds like all it does it makes the bulbs brighter. Nearly all of my riding will be during the day, so that's not necessarily a high priority for me on a limited budget.
 

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The switches and connectors are not up to the load over the long haul. Many bikes have had problems with the starter switch normally closed contacts, the connector in the fairing or behind the radiator or the hi/lo selector switch. The starter switch may be the most sensitive but that only started with the 2005 models. The 2004 leaves the headlights on when the starter button is pressed.
 

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The "long haul" being riding to all 48 contiguous states? lol. That's quite an accomplishment since 2007. Nice! And here I thought I'd done well having visited 42 of 50 in 26 years of life, but mostly via minivan with the family.
 
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