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post #1 of 16 Old 08-21-2008, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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How much time should I set aside...

...for installing OEM heated grips and handguards? I am generally tool friendly. I just don't want to start in on this after the news some night and find myself still skinning my knuckles at three in the morning. I get a sense that disassembly and reassembly of the fairing will the be the time consuming part.

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...for installing OEM heated grips and handguards? I am generally tool friendly. I just don't want to start in on this after the news some night and find myself still skinning my knuckles at three in the morning. I get a sense that disassembly and reassembly of the fairing will the be the time consuming part.
Thanks for posting this question - I'm not trying to hijack this - I am wondering something along the same lines - how long I should plan for disassembly/reassembly of the fairing... ???
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My opinion...

If you have never taken the fairing apart, add an hour to whatever you're doing. Once you tear it down, you'll remember what needs to come out/off for the next round of farkeling and it will be much quicker.

Heated grip install: 30-45 minutes (so plan for just under 2 hours, that should include your handguards).

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Heated grip installation time depends on whether or not you lose the bar end nut in the handlebars or not. :rolleyes:

Advice: don't loosen the bolt all the way. Loosen the phillips screw a few turns and then tap it back in. Repeat until you can pull the assembly free of the handlebars.

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90 minutes max. You should be able to find the connector without tearing the bike apart. I have done my Vee and a friend's wee without disassembly. Loosten the bar end screw only enough to wiggle the entire assembly out of the handlebar tube. This will prevent losing the nut. If you do, a small magnetic pickup tool keeps the swearing and tool throwing to a minimum.

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Thanks all - now I just have to find that couple of hours to do the job. The box of new parts is sitting impatiently on my Strom

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Is it too late to return the OEM heated grips? Much better and cheaper units out there, they have a pretty bad reputation for longevity and heating evenly.

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Is it too late to return the OEM heated grips? Much better and cheaper units out there, they have a pretty bad reputation for longevity and heating evenly.
Cheaper yes, better I can't say, mine work fine. Was not aware they had a bad reputation. 45 min install time which included stopping to drink two beers and smoke half of a good cigar. A pair of long stork needle nose pliers are a great help to connect the harness to the bike.

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Cheaper yes, better I can't say, mine work fine. Was not aware they had a bad reputation. 45 min install time which included stopping to drink two beers and smoke half of a good cigar. A pair of long stork needle nose pliers are a great help to connect the harness to the bike.

They are awesome for the plug and play feature, but many complain of uneven heating and early failures. Most write-ups "good and bad" I have read were over at VSRI. I'm sure like anything else, you get good and bad. I think the Oxford Heaterz are probably the single best unit out there for the money, the grips are the heaters just like the OEM unit. I've tested mine thoroughly and they work great. The price for the OEM's just blows my mind....I'd take them if they were thrown into the deal.

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Are they plug and play like the factory units? More important do the grips feel like grips or are they hard like the factory heated grips. Also is the right side just a grip or is a new throttle tube included. Is the install neat and tidy like the factory units.
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