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My heated grips install
First of all, full disclosure here...I make the power distribution and control system used in this install....but not the GPS or heated grips!
Now that's out of the way, I'd like to show you how I installed heated grips, 2 heated clothing circuits, USB power (for the iPhone/GPS), an ambient temp gauge, and a voltage monitor on the CBR.
First, as others have found, removing the bar end weights is a problem. After scratching them up I found that the easiest way to remove them was to use one of those impacting drill drivers. Just amazing. No fuss, no muss, no damage...the screws just came right out.
As for the heating elements, I much prefer this approach over using grips with elements built in as I've found the built in ones to be kinda lousy grips. I've used various brands of heating elements on various bikes and have a preference for the Dual Star product...which is apparently not made any longer. So, I bought some generic ones from Amazon for $40...but you can get them for as little as $20 if you look around. You won't need the switch, wiring, or resistor that comes with these kits, just the elements themselves.
Installing the elements is pretty easy...just use a long screwdriver and some sort of liquid under the grips and they'll come off. I've found the best way to reinstall the grips is to wet the insides with rubbing alcohol and work them on. The alcohol evaporates quickly without leaving a residue, so this seems to be a good solution. One more thing, I wrap the clutch side bar with some electrical tape to help prevent the heat from being absorbed by the aluminum bar.
Routing the wires is super-easy as you can use existing wire retainers on the bike and connect up to the power source on the left side under a fairing panel.
As for how I control the grips, I used the Dispatch 1 wireless controller. The distribution module fits really well under the passenger seat (see photo) if you remove the ribs for the U lock. The existing rubber band does a great job of holding the distribution module in place while allowing perfect access to both the 12v power outputs and USB outputs.
To trigger the system I tapped into the brake light using one of those standard tap thingies. I ran the ambient temp probe out under the left side, away from the exhaust system (very important to ensure accurate temp readings). I decided to have 2 variable output sockets for my heated liner and heated gloves, plus a USB power output for charging the phone. Additionally, I ran another variable output cable up to the junction of the heated grip wires on the left side and connected it all up.
As it stands I can now control the heated grips (32 levels of heat!), the heated clothing, and power the phone/GPS. I can also monitor ambient temperature and the motorcycle's voltage....and know what time it is!
While I usually just leave the controller on the bike, it takes just a few seconds to remove it if I don't need it using the RAM mount system. Since it links wirelessly to the distribution module, there are no wires to mess with. Super clean.
Please see attached photos.