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post #1 of 21 Old 10-10-2006, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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The spare grip heater connection - Update: GOT TO IT!!

Hi All,

I bought some new grips and decided I may as well throw some heaters under them while I'm at it. Well i made the change which was easier than i thought it would be and the new grips are great...

My problem is wiring the heaters - every cable on this bike is wrapped like a sausage and its mighty difficult to access even the obvious ones like the headlight... I would like to use the spare connection though since it would be a no brainer for an extra farkle requiring a circuit.

My priblem is I can't get to the damn thing! It's buried so far in the middle of the bike and is so bloody short I can't manouver with it at all... How did everyone lese manage? I supose it would be easier if I had the right conector to fit to ther other end of it - anyone know if this is a standard piece? I MAY be able to hook something up under there if it was that simple, but even then the hope of getting to it is dim. I'm thinking I might have to try and remove the two adapters that are also attached to that line (no clue how I can do that with one crumpled hand and no line of sight) and pull the whole cord out the left side to get access... My problem then would be hooking it all back up. am I missing something? Is mone worse then others?

I've removed fairings, lifted the gas tank - nothing helps me get to it!
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I used a box cutter blade hot glued to a wooden dowel to cut the tape holding the connector in place. Then the connector was just barely reachable. Pliers with a very long nose will help and also be useful for throttle body synchronization.

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Did you swing to radiator forward?

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No. The only part moved was the hockey stick shaped black plastic part under the tank.

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Mine was taped down so short and tight I had to pull the tank and airbox to get to it. :roll:

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Mine was taped down so short and tight I had to pull the tank and airbox to get to it. :roll:
Mine's bloody short too. Not sure what I'll do... this "swinging forward" of the radiator mentioned - is it doable?
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It is doable. In fact, it is the standard method to access the front spark plug with the tool kit's plug wrench.

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It is doable. In fact, it is the standard method to access the front spark plug with the tool kit's plug wrench.
Ohh, that gives me hope - I'll look at my service manual - thanks for the Idea!
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I had to unbolt my radiator to get to my connector. Good news is you just unbolt one side, then slide it off the fixed mounts on the other side. That gives you enough room to reach in & untape that rascal. It doesn't have much excess, so it doesn't move much. You can hook up to it using a horn connector, but mark the + and - sides of that thing 'cause both it's wires are the same color.

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fantastic - swinging the rad forward was the key!

thanks all - this is a key piece of info I haven't seen in any forums so far. Grip heaters rigged and ready to rock.
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