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post #1 of 7 Old 03-06-2007, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Oem Heated grips

Finally got around to installing my grips.... could the instructions be any worse? Another inch or two on the wiring for the plug on wiring harness would have been worth considerable skinned knuckles and frustration. I guess Suzuki would rather it not be too consumer friendly or everyone would do all their own work.
The fairing pieces were fairly easy to work with (you should try a Concours if you want trouble) and I like the plastic rivets.
Has anyone considered using some heatshrink wrap over the connections? They seen to be fairly exposed and could be subject to some corrosion.

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-06-2007, 10:28 PM
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I thought the same thing about the cable length and the heatshrink. If you don't route those cables exactly right there's not enough length for lock-to-lock handlebar movement. I haven't added the heatshrink but I might, I dunno, the connectors seemed pretty weather resistant.

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Would it be possible for someone to publish some instructive pix of the correct cable routing? I'm ready to put my grips on but the diagrams in the instructions aren't exactly crystal clear to me.

So far, I've got the old grips off (a couple of squirts of WD-40 under the left grip worked like a champ! thanks to whomever for that great tip!) and have found and unwrapped the pesky stock heated grip connector.

The hardest part so far has been getting the bar-end weights off... had to really yank and wiggle them a lot but eventually they came out in one piece.


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Finally finished installing my OEM grips yesterday... The cable routing turned out to be pretty straight-forward... I just followed existing wiring for the most part.

I was a bit apprehensive about how hard it would be to start up the bike after over two months of non-use but it fired right up... just as if I'd been riding the day before (a big thank-you to whomever invented fuel injection).

I turned on the grips and they warmed right up in a couple of minutes... then I was alarmed to feel them cooling down again but I think it was just due to the revs dropping as the engined warmed up. I went for a short ride and the grips got toasty warm again.

I'm happy with the OEM's.

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Can anyone give a circumference comparison between the stock grips and the OEM grips. I have bigger hands and if the grip is too thin, then hand cramps start to occur. I find the stock unheated grips at the low end of my tolerance threshold. I was curious if the OEM heated grips are a little "fatter".

Does Hot Grips make the OEM grips for Suzuki?
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Some European or Asian company I never head of before makes the Suzuki grips. Hot Grips are heated all the way around, unlike the Suzuki brand.

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Bar ends

I took my bar ends off when installing my OEM heated grips. I am glad I didn't unscrew them all the way, or the nut would have fallen off and left me with little recourse.

I installed my handgards, and headlight modulator and center stand while I had the bike apart. As they say, "Let the farkling begin".

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