OEM Heated Grip Installation – My Experience
(Caution, the words below may be the mad ravings of a lunatic)
With the full knowledge that the subject has been beaten to death, I’d like to add to the vast and often repetitive reservoir of information concerning the installation of heated grips with the hope that my experience, which differed slightly from others, may be helpful to those in the same situation and thus may advance the collective wisdom of our species…
To put is simply: on my 2006 650, the little black plastic connector which you need to access to plug in the wiring harness supplied with the heated grips could only be gotten to ‘from above’ by removing the gas tank and the air filter.
It was taped tightly and securely to the wiring harness, with no ‘slack’, right in the middle of the bike and despite the fact I’ve always considered myself fairly adept at such mechanical things, no amount of reaching, tugging, pushing or pulling with hands, pliers, screwdrivers, probing with X-Acto blades and various other tools and instruments could nudge it enough one way or another to enable me to make the connection even after I’d removed the cowling on both sides of the bike.
After two frustrating hours of struggling with it I gave up. Then, in a burst of inspiration, I removed the gas tank and air filter, and there, right before my eyes, was that little illusive devil, available, touchable, ready and waiting to power up my grips.
Just my experience – your mileage may vary.