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hello all, i just dropped the $250 for the oem suzuki grip warmers, still think the adv vstrom should come with them but anyhoo was wondering if anyone else on here had installed them & had some pointers for guys like me getting ready to put them on my bike. seems like some dismantling required according to the instructions.
 

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I'd also like to know for when I get around to installing mine! :)
 

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i installed aftermarket grip heaters (for far less $ than oem) but the install process is the same. Actually, it's one step easier for you since, i assume, the oem warmers already have the proper connector to plug into the empty socket on the vee2. I had purchased the heated grip adapter from eastern beaver. The socket is located just above and behind the radiator on the left side of the bike. The only dismantling I had to do was to remove the pivot bolts on each side of the radiator in order to swing it forward to gain access to the plug. Very simple. Some on this board claim that that socket is not for heated gips, as it's only 3amp. I disagree. I havent tested it but it's got to be more than that since my grips are rated at 4a and i've run them on high w/o issue. Besides, that type of plug is the same one that suzuki uses for heated grips on the 650. They use a different type for the lower capacity accessory plug. If your oem grips have the same type of connector, then obviously suzuki intended this plug for the heated grips.
Other than that, installation is pretty simple. to help get the old gips off, stick a smallish screw driver in between the bars and grip and squirt a little rubbing alcohol in there. That helps them slide right off. Peel away any old glue residue. If your grips didnt' come with any grip glue, just use super glue - that's what i always use. Just be careful with glue around the throttle tube. you don't want that to get stuck.
 

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Here's a picture of the heated grips connectors. The one on the left hopefully is whats on your grips, while the one on the right is on the bike.
 

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Advice? I have OEM Suzuki warmers on my 650 and they barely do the job. Barely as in some heat at full power. Ironically, it has about 6 settings and only full power does anything. Can you return them?
 

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I would also suggests Oxfords. If you can do a swap. They have a few different grip patterns, work very well and are generally very reliable.
As far as fitting goes remove the tank for a nice clear look at the wiring route and where to bunch the excess wiring neatly.
On the throttle side try securing the wiring in a manner that doesn't make any sharp turns as you twist the throttle back and forward.

I have oxfords and put the throttle side on with the wires coming out directly inline with my thumb. This allows me to keep throttle on with an open hand and give my hand a break from gripping. A bit like a throttle rocker. This works very well after a few hours of hard riding.

I'll add also if your not comfortable with pulling bikes apart don't be afraid of getting someone else who is. Even if it costs you money it's small price compared to snapping off the fuel line because you weren't sure how to disconnect it properly. They are a bit of a bugger and don't allow much room to work with.
 

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I have oxfords and put the throttle side on with the wires coming out directly inline with my thumb. This allows me to keep throttle on with an open hand and give my hand a break from gripping. A bit like a throttle rocker.
Nice tip, OzCrow. I'm also about to install heated grips (Oxfords) but my add-on question might apply to the OEM grips as well.
The throttle tube on my 2014 V2 has raised "lip"(interior end) for the stock rubber grip to fit over so it will stay in place. Do people grind these off to let the new grip get closer to the switch box?
 

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Not sure about others but I have the OEM heated grips on 2 bikes. One is a 2006 and I installed on my 2008 after using them on the other bike. I got a great deal on an open box at a dealer for about $150. They work fantastic on both bikes.

These things are HOT! Rode home 3 hours in 27 degree fahrenheit temp when we purchased the 2006. I didn't get a mile before turning the heat down. I usually run with them at approx. 2/3 - 3/4 on the rheostat switch, not a ton of heat below that but it gets HOT at the top.

The hard part is finding the plug on existing harness. Search youtube and you should find a couple of videos. The instructions were crappy about where to find the plug. Mine was on left side kind of behind the radiator. Removed portions of fairing and loosed radiator to pull it away after I had spent tons of time looking in the wrong place.
 

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Not sure about others but I have the OEM heated grips on 2 bikes. One is a 2006 and I installed on my 2008 after using them on the other bike. I got a great deal on an open box at a dealer for about $150. They work fantastic on both bikes.

These things are HOT! Rode home 3 hours in 27 degree fahrenheit temp when we purchased the 2006. I didn't get a mile before turning the heat down. I usually run with them at approx. 2/3 - 3/4 on the rheostat switch, not a ton of heat below that but it gets HOT at the top.

The hard part is finding the plug on existing harness. Search youtube and you should find a couple of videos. The instructions were crappy about where to find the plug. Mine was on left side kind of behind the radiator. Removed portions of fairing and loosed radiator to pull it away after I had spent tons of time looking in the wrong place.
Take the airbox out :thumbup: makes it a LOT easier to run the wiring as well. While you're there seal up the non-waterproof connectors that may cause problems in the future, then, when you put the airbox back on, re-position the wiring on the back of it so it doesn't chafe on the tank.
 

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Nice tip, OzCrow. I'm also about to install heated grips (Oxfords) but my add-on question might apply to the OEM grips as well.
The throttle tube on my 2014 V2 has raised "lip"(interior end) for the stock rubber grip to fit over so it will stay in place. Do people grind these off to let the new grip get closer to the switch box?
NV. I took a boxcutter (razor) knife to those and trimmed them down to slip the Oxford over top. Tight fit, no slippage.
 

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Well i did the install & here's what i came away with, im a nice & understanding guy but suzuki seriously dropped the ball on this, 1st off the instructions are 1 step above useless, very vague & actually never once mentioned the plug your looking for to plug in your grips, 2nd why on a bike like this is the accessory plug buried so deep in this bike???? this should be a readily accessible plug to get to. My grips seem to work well but it seemed like a lot of hassle for something that seems like suzuki would make fairly handy for the rider considering what these bikes are used for.
 
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