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I was planning to install Oxford heated grips on the 901 - I had them on my VStrom 1000 a long while back and they worked great. And a buddy of mine just put them on his T7 and says its the best mod so far :). But the bar settup on the 901 has an extra contour or bulge at the inside end, with the stock rubber grip fitting over. So it doesn't seem the Oxford will work. Has anyone tried this or figured something out?

So, factory grips. Can I install them myself? The dealer wanted something like $200 on top of the $250 for the parts.
 

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Je prévoyais d'installer des poignées chauffantes Oxford sur le 901 - je les avais sur mon VStrom 1000 il y a longtemps et elles fonctionnaient très bien. Et un de mes amis vient de les mettre sur son T7 et dit que c'est le meilleur mod jusqu'à présent :). Mais la configuration de la barre sur le 901 a un contour ou un renflement supplémentaire à l'extrémité intérieure, avec la poignée en caoutchouc d'origine qui s'adapte. Il ne semble donc pas que l'Oxford fonctionnera. Quelqu'un a-t-il essayé ou compris quelque chose?

Alors, poignées d'usine. Puis-je les installer moi-même ? Le concessionnaire voulait quelque chose comme 200 $ en plus des 250 $ pour les pièces.
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C'est la même chose que l'aventure 890 :
 

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Wolfbab, thanks for the video - looks easy enough. Tried buying a set of the KTM 890 Adventure grips but they are also sold out!

FredBasset, I like the idea of the build in switch, already have a set of Oxfords...

Sisobmw, it looks like the connection to the throttle is part of the the grip, no? Ok I guess I need to take it apart and see how it hooks up.
 

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I eventually got the Oxford's on and they are working great. On the clutch side the stock grip w/ plastic piece slide right off after loosing the set screw, and the Oxford went on easily, needing some glue to keep it in place. On the throttle side getting the rubber grip off the throttle tube meant ripping it off in pieces. The throttle tube looked like this.
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So I spent about an hour with a utility knife and sandpaper getting rid of all the bumps, ridges and leftover rubber from the grip. After that Oxford went on without much trouble, no glue needed for it to stay in place.
 

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Installed a set of the cheap Tusk ones for $20. They work great!! Put Pillow Top grips back on. Those grips are my favorite on every bike.
You're talking about the Tusk Grip Heater Kit that's just two flat heating element sheets, some wire, and a three-position switch (off, low & high)?

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On the downside, you don't get a lot of control over the heat. On the upside, you are paying a tiny sum of cash compared to a more adjustable grip heater solution - and you can use water grips you want (assuming they can handle the heat and not break down)! Another downside I saw in comments was that the provided toggle switch isn't waterproof, so you might want to swap out the cheap switch with a higher quality marine or outdoor rated switch when doing the install. Overall, this is a great alternative. How long do those ProTaper Pillow Top grips last you? I imagine the heating elements are destroyed when getting the old grips off to replace with a new set....
 

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You're talking about the Tusk Grip Heater Kit that's just two flat heating element sheets, some wire, and a three-position switch (off, low & high)?


On the downside, you don't get a lot of control over the heat. On the upside, you are paying a tiny sum of cash compared to a more adjustable grip heater solution - and you can use water grips you want (assuming they can handle the heat and not break down)! Another downside I saw in comments was that the provided toggle switch isn't waterproof, so you might want to swap out the cheap switch with a higher quality marine or outdoor rated switch when doing the install. Overall, this is a great alternative. How long do those ProTaper Pillow Top grips last you? I imagine the heating elements are destroyed when getting the old grips off to replace with a new set....
Yes, that is exactly what I put on. I also have a DR650 that I put them on a few years ago and they are still working great. About the only thing I don't like about them is that for the the low is not quite warm enough and the high is too hot. So I ride for 10 minutes on high and then 10 minutes on low, then 10 minutes on high....But for $20 flipping a switch every 10 minutes is no big deal to have warm hands. Also a huge benefit for me is I get to use the grips I like. I have a set Oxford's on my BMW and actually prefer the Tusks. Its flipping a switch every 10 minutes vs have grips that are too hard 100% of the time.

As for the waterproof switch, that has never been an issue for me. I just locate it somewhere behind the fearing where rain doesn't hit it when riding. All my bikes are garaged so I have never had a switch fail.

I have changed grip many times and never have destroyed the heaters. I peal them off and use and air gun and don't use a razor blade. After the grip is off, the old glue seams to come off pretty easy with just a little friction from my fingers.

Its hard to tell for me how long Pillow Top grips last me on an adventure bike, but its several years. My main ride is a KTM 300 and I use them on that and I get maybe 1000-1500 miles off road. To be honest, grips are cheap and I never worry about how long they last...I just want to try and avoid blisters! :)
 
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