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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-18-2014, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone know whether the heated grips on an XCT require that the engine is actually running -- as opposed to just the key in and turned to run -- in order to work?

I'm putting things back together after taking off the dash, etc., and testing things before I put the fairing on. The grips don't seem to be warm, at least not much, and I don't feel like firing up the bike in my cold garage. Yep, I reconnected the three wires to the dash switch before putting the dash temporarily in place. Thanks.

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I've noticed mine take a while to heat up, maybe two minutes to start feeling it. I don't know 100%, but they are strictly electrical, once switch is on they should heat. Seems like when I put my inner fairing back on, I tested mine also before "final" fit and they heated without engine running, I'm almost positive I did. Could be a fuse somewhere, try leaving switch on for two or three minutes.

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When I put mine on 2 years ago in my basement I thought the same thing that they would not heat up without bike running. Once I started the bike everything worked great. They may have worked without running but I could never quite feel the heat. I think you are fine.

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Could they run directly off the stator to take load off the battery? This is simply a guess on my part... That would explain why they don't seem to heat up until the bike is running.
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with just the key on you should feel a slight bit of warm. Keep in mind its only getting 12v or less once the bike is running you'll feel the heat in about a minuets time.
If you feel slight heat you did good work

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bama, gamewarden, broggyr, and vj: thank you all very much for your help and suggestions.

I had to run some (car) errands, got home, and as it was a whopping 37 degrees here (but still some snow and lots of salt on the roads) I decided to let the cold into the garage, and fire up the bike. And all is well!

So, the definitive answer is: I don't know. That is, after a minute or two -- with the engine running, and the grips on low -- I got a goodly amount of heat. I let that stabilize a few minutes, and switched to high, where I got a goodly amount of additional heat. Playing around this morning, with just the ignition circuit on, I waited for maybe five minutes, and if there was any heat coming off the grips, it was sufficiently low that I wasn't sure whether I was imagining it. BTW, I have the bike hooked up to a smart charger, so the battery was/is in tip-top condition.

So, basically, what I'm saying now is what gamewarden said above. Anyway, all's well that ends well, and thanks again, everyone.

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