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I just picked up a used '08 and the heated grips are out. It came with the Kuryakyn "clamp on" ISO grips that go around the stock grips-which I find very comfortable. I have big hands and find nearly all stock grips to be annoyingly small. So, what is a better choice? Replace the stock heated grips and put the Kurys back on over them? Or go with the Show Chrome heated grips? I understand that they are larger than stock, but don't know how they compare to the OD of the Kurys. Do the Show Chrome ones have the proper connectors to plug in where the stock ones do? Thanks.
 

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The reviews on the ShowChrome are not very good. I had contemplated those when my left grip went bad as I could buy the SC pair for a lot less than just the OEM left grip. But with the majority of reviews being negative, I stuck with OEM. I do agree that stock is a bit thin. I added these and the added thickness was perfect for me. They hold up very well. I was worried about them collecting dirt which could transfer over to my hands but that hasnt happened either.



https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/foam_grip_covers/15395
 

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Silly question-but where is the electrical connector located to the factory heated grips? I need to get in there and take a multimeter to the wires and see if/which one is open. Do you have to tear a bunch of the bike apart to get at it? Thanks.
 

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To answer your question about the ShowChrome, they do not.have connectors that will plug in. They have wires that need to be spliced into the heated grip harness under the handlebar covers. That was another reason why I didnt want to use them and chose an OEM replacement. It was a little more time consuming routing the wiring properly but was worth it.
 

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It is tucked in under the right side pocket. You may have to reach around under there. The left side grip and right side grip are separate connectors that plug into one main connector.
Thank you for the detailed explanation and pictures-makes tearing into this a lot less intimidating. I ordered the Show Chrome grips before some of the comments came up-considering returning them and ordering OEM (at an insane price!).
 

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Before ordering anything more or returning, do the check and see if one or both grips are really bad. As far as the OEM grip prices, yes they are overpriced but if you shop around, you can find them a little cheaper. My left grip ended up around $145 but still more than the pair of ShowChrome.



Here is a thread I started when I did mine and may help provide a tip or two: https://gl1800riders.com/forums/5-g...-i-solved-my-heated-grip-issue-left-grip.html
 

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I also installed Show Chrome heated grips. Installation is simple. They do not get as warm as the stock heated grips on my wife's wing, but they certainly take the edge off. Prior to using heated grips I had heated gloves. Quite frankly they were a pain in the butt. I would recommend Show Chrome heated grips but each to their own. Best of luck on your decision.:thumbup:
 

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I've got Hot Grips on my '05...
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Grips-model-525-875-OPEN/dp/B006LFJS2O?ref_=ast_bbp_dp
with ShinGrip covers from...
https://shop.shinhopples.com/product.sc?productId=1067&categoryId=103
These get HOT, and the ShinGrips have lasted alot longer than my last set of grip puppies.

If these ever go out my next set of heated grips will be Electrical Connections, under OEM non-heated grips, with ShinGrip covers https://electricalconnection.com/index.php/product/honda-gl1800-heated-grip-kit/
(Wife bought these for me at Christmas cause my Hot Grips were out, then Lewis at Electrical Connections got my Hot Grips working. Now that's customer service:thumbup:)
 

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I've got Hot Grips on my '05...
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Grips-model-525-875-OPEN/dp/B006LFJS2O?ref_=ast_bbp_dp
with ShinGrip covers from...
https://shop.shinhopples.com/product.sc?productId=1067&categoryId=103
These get HOT, and the ShinGrips have lasted alot longer than my last set of grip puppies.

If these ever go out my next set of heated grips will be Electrical Connections, under OEM non-heated grips, with ShinGrip covers https://electricalconnection.com/index.php/product/honda-gl1800-heated-grip-kit/
(Wife bought these for me at Christmas cause my Hot Grips were out, then Lewis at Electrical Connections got my Hot Grips working. Now that's customer service:thumbup:)
Do the EC grips plug & play into the heated factory wiring?

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Says they are... (but as I said, haven't had to install 'em at this time.)
I like that there are no resistors in the system, and control is sealed:thumbup:
To be certain, give Lewis or Phil a call... 865.219.9192

"Description
After taking a poll and listening to how you use your grips and what you expect from them, we redesigned our kit to truly fit your needs. This is truly the finest under grip kit available anywhere.

The kit uses a PWM (pulse width modulated) controller that gives you complete control of the heat from 0 to 100%. PWM technology allows us to provide full power at 100% without any heat in the controller itself. No resistors are required. Made in the USA.

The quality Vishay potentiometer is completely sealed from dust and water.

Our heater elements mount under the grip of your choice….including stock grips AND the hard to heat Kuryakyn Iso grips.

Installation is simple as all connections are “plug & play”. Connect power supply to bike, install and plug in heaters, mount and plug in the potentiometer. Done!

Made in USA."

 

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Says they are... (but as I said, haven't had to install 'em at this time.)

The kit uses a PWM (pulse width modulated) controller that gives you complete control of the heat from 0 to 100%.

Installation is simple as all connections are “plug & play”. Connect power supply to bike, install and plug in heaters, mount and plug in the potentiometer. Done!

My interpretation is this is stand alone plug and play. Sounds like a complete system that does not utilize OEM wiring or controls. Is that what everyone else is thinking?
 
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