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Greetings all, feed back and thoughts appreciated.
Ok, my 2013 XCT with almost 40k miles on her has heated grips which have seen better days. I'm good with a screw drivers, wrench and a lot of common sense. But I am in no way a mechanic. With that said I'd like to learn and start doing a lot of the basic upgrades to my bike myself instead of getting in line to have the local dealership shop mechanic install parts I should be doing myself. So first question! My heated grips really need to be replaced. My thoughts are during the summer and fall months when heated grips are not needed use a nice set of custom looking grips for summer and warm weather months riding. How hard is it to replace heated grips on a XCT? Can heated grips be swapped out say for non heated grips during summer riding? And then during the cold weather season be swapped back with heated ones. Has anyone done this before?
 

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They are fairly easy to swap out or replace. No special tools needed except for a small size torx screwdriver to get left grip off. I don't remember the size of the two torx head screws holding it on but they are under the inboard side raised rubber edge of the grip. For the throttle side you will have to take apart the right hand switch box and remove the cables from the grip. To do this you will have to loosen the cable adjusters. Note the position of these adjusters so you can return them to the same locations during the install of the new grips. After the above, snip all the wire ties holding the heated grip cables in place, note the routing of the two heated grip cables, remove the front of the fairing, locate the two heated grip wires, and disconnect them at their connectors. Reverse this for installing the new grips. Of course, if the new ones are not heated, then you don't have to deal with the wires.

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Vinish
 

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Thanks, I've found 1 video on the grips removal process. And think this is something I definitely can handle. Looks like I will have to remove the fairing through is that right?
 

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Check with Bikendad i believe here, if im right he replaced his with avon grips and is using the stock switch to run them.
 

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Thanks, I've found 1 video on the grips removal process. And think this is something I definitely can handle. Looks like I will have to remove the fairing through is that right?
Do I detect that you haven't removed the fairing yet, and that you're concerned about doing it? If so, it's easier than you might think -- it takes about 10 minutes, and I've done it maybe a dozen times.

If you're interested, I have a long article on adding LED mirrors, here:

http://www.billanddot.com/adding-rivco-led-mirrors.html

Never mind most of it, but about a quarter of the way down the page there's a section titled "TAKE OFF THE FAIRING." The steps listed there are based on the manual, my experience, and before that my reading of threads here (i.e., the experience of others). I also include a link to the relevant manual pages, which I scanned in and put up as a PDF, in case you want to look at the official version.
 

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Yep, you got it! I haven't taking the fairing off yet. But, I pretty confident I'm up to the task. Thanks for the links they were very detailed and provided a good heads up on things to be aware of before removing the fairing.
Thx again!
 

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My heated grips were wearing down way too fast so I thought maybe I could find something to go over them in the summer and spring and then use the heated grips in the cooler seasons. I found the Grip Buddies (http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/grip-buddies/review.htm) at my local Moto Liberty (https://www.motoliberty.com/) for $25 and they supposedly do a good job transferring heat so I anticipate leaving them on year round. They make the grips significantly wider but I like that.
 

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You guys chew on the grips or something? I have 30K+ miles and 3+ years on my '12 XCT, and I haven't noticed any wear on my (heated) grips.

Or maybe I just forgot what they looked like when new...
 

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You guys chew on the grips or something? I have 30K+ miles and 3+ years on my '12 XCT, and I haven't noticed any wear on my (heated) grips.

Or maybe I just forgot what they looked like when new...
About 19-20 months and 30K miles on mine and they were getting worn. No chewing. lol ;-)
 
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