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Title: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: DEMBONES on April 15, 2019, 11:19:58 AM
I have the OEM 5 position Honda heated grips on my CT.  They came pre-installed from the dealer I bought from in 2016 and I have no desire to disconnect them or change to aftermarket (Oxford, etc.)  I do however have a desire to switch the OEM grips out to an aftermarket set and was wondering if anyone here has done the procedure successfully w/o damaging the heating elements?  Is it just a matter of carefully cutting off the stock grips w/o damaging the glued on heating elements or will I likely find the heating elements also stuck to the inside of the grips and therefore not reusable?

I also have a Kaoko throttle lock so any grip installation complexity is slightly increased because of that as well.

TIA!   :020:
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Plane Dr on April 15, 2019, 01:23:33 PM
I was wondering the same thing.  There is an oversized grip set for BMW's for that.  I was considering a set of them.
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: DEMBONES on April 15, 2019, 02:47:09 PM
My OEM grips are pretty much shot (with only 10K miles.)  I never was impressed with their feel and size (too small for my big mitts.)

I'm looking at the ProGrip 714.  My favorite grip of all time.  They are perfect for me.

(https://thumpertalk.com/shop/secure/images/products/3387030.jpg)
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Hartley on April 15, 2019, 03:46:34 PM
I changed my OEM grips for Oxfords.
If I recall the elements are part of the grips, I doubt you could remove them without removing the element.
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: GarySN on April 15, 2019, 03:58:17 PM
*Originally Posted by DEMBONES [+]
I'm looking at the ProGrip 714.  My favorite grip of all time.  They are perfect for me.
These should work for what you want, but you'll need to work out the wiring.

https://www.amazon.com/Heat-Demon-External-Motorcycle-210019RR/dp/B001AWRCJO/ref=sr_1_4?crid=21FVNZ3IPKLG1&keywords=heat+demon+heated+grips&qid=1555340225&s=gateway&sprefix=heat+dwemon%2Caps%2C612&sr=8-4
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Hartley on April 15, 2019, 04:58:34 PM
Just wondering, if you cut off the OEM grips but can retain the heating element how will you control the grips as the switch is part of the LH grip?
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: DEMBONES on April 15, 2019, 06:07:46 PM
*Originally Posted by Hartley [+]
Just wondering, if you cut off the OEM grips but can retain the heating element how will you control the grips as the switch is part of the LH grip?

Is it? That's precisely the kind of thing that has me posing the question. You guys aren't sounding like it would work. Surely someone has tried?  :187:
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Hartley on April 15, 2019, 09:41:00 PM
Dembones,

The controller is built in as in the image:
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2nr2c28.jpg)
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Showkey on April 15, 2019, 10:32:25 PM
The heating element is moulded into to OEM rubber grip.   It’s not possible separate them.  Same goes for the switch.......
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: DEMBONES on April 15, 2019, 11:45:31 PM
Ahhhh...darn it!   :157:
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Murphy on April 16, 2019, 12:29:25 AM
Is the Oxford grip any fatter than the OEM?
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Hartley on April 16, 2019, 05:10:31 AM
Yes the Oxford grips are slighlly thicker , actually get hot too!
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Mspeirs on April 25, 2019, 05:29:09 PM
I agree with Hartley, I have the Oxfords on another bike, they defiantly get hotter than my CT 5 position grips. :028:
 
While I’m ok with the heated grips I have, i’ve been wondering what to do when/if the grips wear out, and have been considering adding a thin foam sleeve now, so as they don’t.

Anyone tried this?

Muzza
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Hartley on April 25, 2019, 05:42:06 PM
I had foam covers on my previous CT which had 3 position heated grips, they were a little better on the heat front. They were called grip puppies. I bought them mainly as I find the standard grips a little too small in diameter, (something else the Oxfords resolve)They were fine.
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: Mspeirs on April 25, 2019, 05:46:26 PM
Thanks, I’ll check them out :028:
Title: Re: Changing grips and leaving OEM heat in place?
Post by: GA VFR on April 26, 2019, 02:21:59 AM
Here we have heated Gerbing and Hotwired Sedici gloves.  In combination if needed with the stock hand/wind protectors (bark busters) we are set for colder weather