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post #1 of 28 Old 12-10-2006, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Symtec grip heaters

Hi all, need some input about Symtec grip heaters. They seem like a decent product for their intended use so here is what I am wondering. Has anyone tried mounting the heaters on the stock grips and then covering them with grip puppies. I have been thinking this would be an easy install if things fit. Any comments or advice would be welcomed. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 28 Old 12-10-2006, 08:26 AM
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Never done it that way. It might get too warm though. I took off the stock grips and put them on the bars then put back on Pro Grip 714 which seem to work well and get warm fairly soon. You could call the company and ask about it if you can find a number for the manufacturer.

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I'm running the Symtecs and the only thing I'd suggest is to consider wiring them in series, rather than parallel. For me, the low setting is almost too warm and I usually have to cycle the switch to be comfortable. I've never used the high setting but I bet it would melt the grips or grip puppies. I picked up some thin pipe insulating tape at CTC and put it on the clutch side of the handlebar before I put the heater on. No problems with the throttle grip being warmer than the clutch.

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Has anyone tried mounting the heaters on the stock grips and then covering them with grip puppies.
Saw a post over on twtex.com where someone did this in the past day or two. One of the questions that came up is that since the connecting wires would always be flexing as you rotate the throttle, how much more likely are they to break?

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Don't worry about it. There are many wires moving every time the handlebars are moved. Just don't run anything so tight it kinks when moved.

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I've got a set of these to install on my 07 1000. Did you tie into the harness where the factory ones do or did you go back to the battery area?

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Hi all, need some input about Symtec grip heaters. They seem like a decent product for their intended use so here is what I am wondering. Has anyone tried mounting the heaters on the stock grips and then covering them with grip puppies. I have been thinking this would be an easy install if things fit. Any comments or advice would be welcomed. Thanks in advance.
That's exactly the way I installed them as I wanted larger diameter grips anyway. While I never used them in extremely cold conditions, I found that the Hi was too hot and even the Lo was too hot at times (handlebar mounted Hi-off-Lo switch). It was nice to be able to warm up your hands on demand. The heating elements were equal out-put (non-mc specific) and using a heat-troller with these for infinitely variable heat would be ideal.

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Thanks guys, nice to know I am on the right track. Heavy, I already was considering wiring in series as you suggested that when we met for coffee on your trip. Fuzzy, have you done much riding lately with the grips ?? Did you wire in series or parallel ?? The heat troller also sounds like a good idea to consider.

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I used a horn lead and plugged that into the heated grip plug (taped to the radiator). Haven't ridden since Sept. as I'm recovering from a crash and still don't know if bike is a write-off, so may not order a heat-troller after all. I don't know what the recommendations are for their installation, but would assume that it would replace the hi-off-lo switch.

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Mine are set up the same way with the grip puppies. I have them run in Parallel. I have used them down to about 28 degrees so far. They work well, I don't feel that I would want them much warmer. I had them running on a warm day and they about cooked my hands. I find I run them about 20 minutes to get everything nice and warm and them shut them down and the residual heat is great for another half hour.

My wires are run well with enough left to cover the movement, no issues. I located the switch up by the gauges. These are a great addition for those real cold days.
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