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post #1 of 10 Old 04-08-2010, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Dealer installed Heated grips. Non-switched...?

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Picked up my brand new Wee this afternoon. Noticed the buffeting right off the bat, as I'm 6'2" with a 35" inseam.

I had the dealer install a set of Oxford heated grips, which seem to work quite well.
However, the grips stay on when the key is removed. That doesn't seem quite right to me,but I wanted to check with the collective wisdom before asking them to redo the job.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-08-2010, 08:22 PM
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That seems to be the way the Oxford installation manual asks to set them up. They are supposed to go off in a short time as the available voltage is reduced due to not running. I wouldn't wire them to stay on when the ignition is off myself, but the dealer probably followed the instructions.

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Amazingly quick reply...Thanks!!

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I'm with GW on that one, I would personally go to the factory heated grip plug, located behind the radiatory.

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Mine do the same.

I also have the oxford heated grips fitted by the dealer, Mine do not go off with the key removed either, yet I if they are off I cannot turn them on without the key being in the on position. I find it handy for those brief stops when I refuel of stop for a coffee to have the hand grips nice and warm for when I resume. I make a point of turning them off if I am leaving the bike for an extended period. At one point I rewired the hand grips through an an Eastern Beaver switched socket, they now turn off when the ignition is off.
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I wired my Oxfords to the Factory Grip Option plug using the Eastern Beaver adaptor. They work fine that way.

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I had the same experience. I asked my dealer to wire the oxfords switched, but the mechanic decided to follow the instructions instead. The controller monitors the battery voltage and opens the circuit when some voltage threshold is met. It's not a big deal, but I do wonder how this will shorten my battery life.

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Just a quick question on the factory heated grip plug, when I installed my grips I remember thinking that the gauge wire used by the factory plug seemed rather thin...can I get better efficiency if I ran them directly to the battery with the correct fuse in line?

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Just a quick question on the factory heated grip plug, when I installed my grips I remember thinking that the gauge wire used by the factory plug seemed rather thin...can I get better efficiency if I ran them directly to the battery with the correct fuse in line?

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This is why Oxford recommends wiring direct to the battery, in order to get full voltage. The Oxford controllers are extremely voltage sensitive and if your battery is not fully charged you may have problems starting the contoller...you will just get flashing blue and then off. This sometimes happens to me if I try to turn them on before waiting a few seconds for the voltage to rise after starting the bike. If you have problems then it would be better to use the factory grip connector to trigger a relay to feed the grips from a fused battery power source.

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Just a quick question on the factory heated grip plug, when I installed my grips I remember thinking that the gauge wire used by the factory plug seemed rather thin...can I get better efficiency if I ran them directly to the battery with the correct fuse in line?

Ron W.
If I'm correct, the grips only draw 5a. total (on a 5a fuse) each grip about 2a. You could run them on 18ga. wire. Not to worry, Oxford has provided adequate wire. Using heavier wire will not improve the heat output. +1 for StromTech's suggestion if the grips won't stay on.

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