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post #1 of 11 Old 09-20-2006, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Powering Hot Grips

Would appreciate hearing from others who have installed Hot Grips. What is a good, switched power source for them? Has anyone found a illuminated switch to replace the stock toggle switch?

2006 DL 650 in red
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-20-2006, 01:29 PM
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not sure if it's the same on the wee, but there's an open two-pin connector on my dlk behind the radiator (passenger's side) right next to the horn. you can buy a pigtail from suzuki for about $14 that plugs right in. it's meant for grip warmers. gotta unplug the heat sender unit to pull the shielding back enough to gain access.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-20-2006, 01:31 PM
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i was wrong . . . thinking about the horn. the open plug you want is on the driver's side behind and near the top of the radiator. it's pretty obvious once you get some light on it.

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Appreciate the reply. Do you recall the color of the pin, and is it fused?

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Givi windscreen
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-20-2006, 02:04 PM
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It'a black plug behind the radiator. The wires are black/white ground and orange/green fused hot.

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-20-2006, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Many thanks.

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Motech center stand
Funky radiator guard
Givi windscreen
Givi topbox
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MadStad brackets
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-20-2006, 06:26 PM
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Mine is white, was right behind the radiator
DL650K5.

Did an install last week, so far it is working.
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I also had a DL650K5 and the plug was black. I guess either may be available. It's not like plug color matters.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-21-2006, 11:13 PM
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Yesterday I installed a set of Hotgrips on my DL1000. In the past I've used Kimpex grip heaters which go underneath regular grips. They did the job, but heated up slowly, and uneavenly, and it was hard to get grips mounted over them without coming loose. This time I took the plunge ($170 Canadian worth with tax) and bought the Hotgrips brand grips.

I wired thim to the Heated grips plug using a horn relay wire plug. I mounted the resistor to the front fairing mount bracket. I made a small aluminum bracket for the switch and mounted it on the lower bolt on the left mirror. This puts the switch where I can reach it with my left thumb when I'm riding.

The grips are excellent. I flick it to high for 2-3 minutes then flick it to low which seems to be just right. They heat up fast and evenly. The grips themselves are a nice grippy rubber. I had heard that earlier models were hard plastic so I was a little worried, but these are just great. Another nice thing, for me anyway is that they are a larger diameter than the stock grips, they fit my large hands better than the stock grips.




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A little off topic but can you tell me what kind of throttle lock that is. I had one like it many years ago on an ST1100 and really liked it.
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