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Offline Woodie

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OEM Heated grip switch.
« on: 22 November, 2018, 04:00:31 PM »
Sorry to ask such a dozy question but should the switch for my Heated Grips (I think they are OEM) light up when in operation.


I used them  for the first time today so was just curious.
I never touched it, you can't blame me, it went off when I was cleaning it.

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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #1 on: 22 November, 2018, 04:34:27 PM »
*Originally Posted by Woodie [+]
Sorry to ask such a dozy question but should the switch for my Heated Grips (I think they are OEM) light up when in operation.


I used them  for the first time today so was just curious.

No, only lit on the latest Sports I believe
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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #2 on: 22 November, 2018, 04:36:43 PM »
*Originally Posted by Timbox [+]
No, only lit on the latest Sports I believe

Ah poodooh. durned thing is set in the fairing and it's quite awkward to grope for it in the dark...
I never touched it, you can't blame me, it went off when I was cleaning it.

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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #3 on: 22 November, 2018, 10:34:19 PM »
It is a fairly standard waterproof rockers switch. You could replace with one that lights up either all the time or only when switched on. But you'll need to run a separate earth wire to the switch to do so, and know how to wire it up.

You want a three-position switch. You can get them on fleabay, but need to be careful to pick the right switch. 

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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #4 on: 23 November, 2018, 06:48:02 AM »
*Originally Posted by Woodie [+]
Ah poodooh. durned thing is set in the fairing and it's quite awkward to grope for it in the dark...

Ah, even the later Handlebar mounted switch only illuminates when its on. I think only the new 800 and 1200 Tigers have "backlit" switches
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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #5 on: 23 November, 2018, 09:44:14 PM »
Should have said earlier - you can also fit the T800 HG switch, though it means buying the switch, harness and mount. Then you get a switch on the handlebar, that does light up.

It's what I've done, because the complete T800 HG kit will go straight on. Only thing is that if you have a wide tank bag, you'll find it switching on the grips at full left lock!

There's a detailed guide in the stickies somewhere ....

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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #6 on: 11 December, 2018, 07:28:46 PM »
Sort of along these lines, which is hi and low for the toggle.  Couldn't seem to find this in the owner's manual.
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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #7 on: 12 December, 2018, 08:53:29 AM »
*Originally Posted by pcarnut [+]
Sort of along these lines, which is hi and low for the toggle.  Couldn't seem to find this in the owner's manual.

if you have the fairing mounted switch like I do, Low is towards you. The high setting is away from you. apparently... never needed the high setting yet  :001:
I never touched it, you can't blame me, it went off when I was cleaning it.

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Re: OEM Heated grip switch.
« Reply #8 on: 12 December, 2018, 11:45:03 AM »
And when you use them, make sure that both grips are working. Because if one fails and you keep using them, you'll soon burn out the switch harness (ask me how I know!  :087: ). Any failure is usually a breakage or crush damage to those small wires going from the grips back to the relay under the nose-cone.