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Heated Grips 5 1/4" or 5 3/4" ?

I'm going to purchase a set of Hot Grips and wanted to know what size is going to work. The grips on my bike are 5 1/2" & my choices of grips are 5 1/4" or 5 3/4". Which size are you guys using? Which size would you recommend? If I went with the 5 1/4" would I have to cut the throttle tube?
Will the 5 3/4" fit?

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Either option will work. The 1/4 in. difference will not show that much. The shorter grip would allow for a throttle assist cruise control tho.

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I installed heated grips and love them and would strongly suggest purchasing a heat-troller (pulse wave modulator type). Personally, I think the heat-troller is a must.

While research what heated grips I wanted, I found that Hot Grips makes the best integrated grip heater, but not the best grips (IMO) or the best switch setup (standard inefficient resistor type). They do sell a heat-troller, but it needs to be dash mounted (no dash on the VN750). The total package is also a bit expensive.

I decide on Symtec/Heat-troller package from Warm & Safe, which is less expensive. Symtec are the best film based grip heaters and Warm & Safe (same model used for Rev'it brand) the best heat-troller (IMO). An added advantage to this setup is that you can use any grips you like, even the OEM and replace them as often as you like (use hair spray to hold them in place and rubbing alcohol to remove them). I also found that shaving down the ridges from the throttle tube was necessary so that the Symtec element film would sit flat. I think that you may have to do the same to install Hot Grips. I used a box cutter to shave the tube and a light sanding to smooth them out.


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Hi Keyman,

I had a set of HotGrips on my old bike and loved them. On cold rainy days the palms of my gloves would give off steam. A couple of weeks ago I tired to put the Show Chrome heated grips on my VN750 and am very disappointed with them.

First let me say that it's easier to buy longer grips than the grips that the bike currently has. So what if they are 1/4" too long, the VN750 doesn't have bar end weights to get in the way. You probably don't want to cut the heated grips down because you could sever the internal wiring and make the heated grip useless.

As for changing the VN750 grips, the left grip is pretty straight forward, however the throttle side has a few nasty surprises in store for you. It's not smooth. It has half a dozen or so plastic ridges that run lengthwise and several flanges on both ends. To try to get the Show Chrome heated grips on, I spent lots of time with a Dremel tool, a file, a utility knife, a drill press and eventually a lathe (just for pressing the grip onto the throttle sleeve permanently). In the end it was such a mess that I'm tossing out the right side heated grip and throttle sleeve altogether (I may EBay the left one away) and I put the stock grips back on. Finding a new VN750 throttle sleeve was a pain, there doesn't seem to be a part number for it so I found something close from MotionPro but it's a 1/2" shorter. It works and I'm so pissed at Show Chrome right now that I don't care that it's 1/2" shorter because at least I can ride now!

I actually like the stock grips, their look and their feel, call me crazy. So I'm going to keep them and try under grip heaters for the first time, something like http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...fCatId=&mmyId=

You might also want to check out this site: http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Pr...ted_grips.html They have some cool products there like relays and wiring harnesses that might make life easier for you.

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Guys, I've got my right grip's tip damaged, when my wife accidentally (at least I hope) dropped my bike. It works by the tip is ripped and looks ugly. I'd like to replace it with the stock or any simple non-heated grip(s). Please advise which set to buy and where.
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Guys, I've got my right grip's tip damaged, when my wife accidentally (at least I hope) dropped my bike. It works by the tip is ripped and looks ugly. I'd like to replace it with the stock or any simple non-heated grip(s). Please advise which set to buy and where.
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Pavel, there are hundreds of different kinds of grips out there for you to chose from. As long as they're made for 7/8" handlebars and they are the correct length (5 1/2" long maybe?) you shouldn't have too many problems.

The problems that I had with the Show Chrome heated grips were probably due to the grip being poorly formed at their factory and since it had that heating wire built into it it wasn't soft or pliable.

Any other soft rubber grip should not give you the headaches that I went through.

You could try looking at DennisKirk, JCWhitney if wanted to order grips online.

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