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post #1 of 11 Old 05-10-2008, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Will Heated Grip drain the battery….?

….if you had left the controller in the “ON (Hi or Low)” position, key still in the ignition but in the off position.
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If the grips are wired properly, they will be off when the ignition is off. Wiring directly to the battery would be improper wiring and drain the battery.

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Thanks. I was on Easter Beaver’s web sit and found two ways of mounting the grips…electrical wise.

They the connected specially for the VStrom that plugs directly into the stock heated grip socket….this ($7.95)…


or by way of the battery through a relay ($21.95)……


Just wonder why are there two methods and which is best.
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They both accomplish the same thing. That is having the heated grips switched by the ignition. Turn off the ignition, turn off the grips.

The connector for the first one can be difficult to find, its behind the top of the radiator, but it simplifies your wiring.

With the second one you have to find the switched power source, that triggers the relay, which energizes the heated grip circuit. It gives you freedom to choose a more accessible wire but it also means you're going to have to break into, and reseal one of the wires in the harness.

Best choice is your call. I used the OEM heated grip wires to trigger a relay that controls an auxilliary fuse block.

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My Oxfords wire directly to the battery, that is what they recommend. They will shut off if you leave them on, when the battery reaches 11.5 volts.

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But what should I do if I need to run three or more other powered items to the battery. I can’t see having multiple lines attached to the negative and positive battery terminals. What a mess.

As you can tell, I need help before I get myself into a lot of trouble.
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If I were you, I'd look at the AP-2 kit at http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Pr...om/vstrom.html

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You can certainly run directly from the battery, however it is probubly a better idea to set up a secondary (switched) fuse block like the AP-1 or AP-2, or Blue Seas as mentioned above. There are many threads here which already address the how-to's and why's on this topic. if the information found here is not enough go to twisted throttle or just google it. Here is one thread ( http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=110272616860 ) but most folks just seem to mount the secondary fuse block in the under seat tray.

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Yup, an aux fuse block will make life easier. I used a Blue Seas myself...


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This thread has a few different 'trooper setups:

https://stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=19204
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