Ingmar M. Posted May 29, 2011 Share Posted May 29, 2011 Hi all, I'm new to the forum but I have been lurking for a while. I recently bought a '96 R1100RT which I absolutely love, my other bike is an '89 K100RT. Anyway, this RT had a faulty left side heated grip. Inspection revealed that with the grip rubber being a bit loose it had obviously been twisted around a few times by the PO, breaking the nichrome wire. I looked at replacements and they all seemed a bit pricey so I went to my local electronics store and bought a 4M pack of nichrome wire (13.7 ohms/metre) for $4.20 and some large diameter heatshrink tubing. I pulled off the handgrip and cleaned up the remains of the old heating wire and paper that covers it. Then I wrapped just under a metre (ended up with about 11 ohms resistance) of new wire over the plastic grip. This was covered with a length of heatshrink tube to the full length of the grip. I then reterminated the wires, crimping to the nichrome as soldering it is a pain. Finally I applied some detergent to the inside of the rubber hand grip and slid it back on. The result is a working heated grip with (must have been pure luck) the same temperature as my working throttle grip. I have pictures, if I can figure out how to submit them! Cheers, Ingmar Canberra, Oz. Link to comment
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