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post #1 of 21 Old 04-13-2008, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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I am gonna have to say......why did I wait 3 years to finally do this?:rolleyes1: With some good motivation from Firedog45 and Badtraindriver, I finally bit the bullet and bought some Friday. I went with the Oxford Heaterz, I did allot of searching and found them to be the ideal grip for me. BTD came over today and we got them all installed, actually very simple and straightforward. I like that the grip is the heater, and I don't have to fool with heater tape. The controller even shuts off, should you forget to power down "at 11.5 volts". Were we both not so anal, we could've gotten done pretty quickly....we just had to route the wiring JUST RIGHT. I mounted the controller to the cross bar on my Pro Tapers, I really like the location. Very bright LED's to let you know the power is on.......and these boyz heat up FAST!!!!!:eek6: I highly recommend this product for these reasons......easy install, parts can be replaced, heat up FAST, great quality grip, looks and works great, and the "price is right". I got mine at the Iron Pony for $51 out the door, and some of you paid how much for the OEM grips????? I will be slipping some grip puppies over them, that should help them last even longer.

So in closing, if you are considering heated grips........git er done!!!!!!!! Thanks again Matt for helping me today, I always enjoy wrenching with ya.


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I am gonna have to say......why did I wait 3 years to finally do this?:rolleyes1: With some good motivation from Firedog45 and Badtraindriver, I finally bit the bullet and bought some Friday. I went with the Oxford Heaterz, I did allot of searching and found them to be the ideal grip for me. BTD came over today and we got them all installed, actually very simple and straightforward. I like that the grip is the heater, and I don't have to fool with heater tape. The controller even shuts off, should you forget to power down "at 11.5 volts". Were we both not so anal, we could've gotten done pretty quickly....we just had to route the wiring JUST RIGHT. I mounted the controller to the cross bar on my Pro Tapers, I really like the location. Very bright LED's to let you know the power is on.......and these boyz heat up FAST!!!!!:eek6: I highly recommend this product for these reasons......easy install, parts can be replaced, heat up FAST, great quality grip, looks and works great. I will be slipping some grip puppies over them, that should help them last even longer.

So in closing, if you are considering heated grips........git er done!!!!!!!! Thanks again Matt for helping me today, I always enjoy wrenching with ya.


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Brian, that day we rode down to your house in the rain, the heated grips were the only thing that kept me from being 100% miserable. Instead, I was only about 90% miserable I've got the OEM grip heaters, and man I love 'em. There are better ones out there I"m sure, but ANYTHING is better than freezing cold hands.

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I'm always up for a little wrenching, and I more than owe you for the time you've taken to get my bike running as sweet as it does(remember the time you burned your hand to adjust my TB's...stupid crashbars!!!), so no problem B!!!

Also, I'll add to this, the Oxfords heat up faster...and I think they are warmer than the Symtecs I just installed. It's a very nice set-up, and anyone that rides were it gets cold should consider these. All plug and play, no splicing, wired straight to the battery.

Here's a link, but a little search can be done for a better price.

http://www.lockitt.com/AccessoriesGrips3.htm#oxhg
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+1 on the Oxford Heated Grips

Best money I ever spent. I've been riding to work in near freezing temps for the last month or so, and the keep my hands nice and toasty.

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Also, I'll add to this, the Oxfords heat up faster...and I think they are warmer than the Symtecs I just installed.
I had the Symtecs on my old VFR and just put the Oxfords on my Vee. I agree 100%, the Oxfords get hotter. I never used my Symtecs on low, always high. I did ~264 miles in sub 40F temps this weekend and my Oxfords were turned down to 40% and were still nice and toasty.
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I've had Symtec on mine for the past two winters and haven't had to use the high position yet. In fact I typically turn them off after about 15 minutes or so since they tend to get overly warm on low. One of these days I'll get around to installing a continuously variable controller but so far I've bene happy with them the way they are.

Regardless of brand grip heaters are well worth the time and investment in my opinion.

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any cautions about the symtec or oxfords not fitting properly to the 08 without some modifications??? seems like i read somewhere....

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any cautions about the symtec or oxfords not fitting properly to the 08 without some modifications??? seems like i read somewhere....
You'll have to grind the ridges off the throttle tube, but that's nothing new or unique to the '08's. Otherwise, no issues.
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Here's a picture of my heated grips($10):


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I've been wearing them when riding to work in 32 degree Fahrenheit temperatures --and I have no hand guards on my Wee. I never worry about my hands getting cold with these on. Big R Farm Supply store. For me, a heated vest is more important. My legs are the thing that get the coldest. Heated chaps ? Maybe someday.
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