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I presume these are available now?
Anyone buy them and if so, what cost?

Did anyone get them installed at the dealer and if so how much did they charge?

..I do all my own work but the instructions look a tad intimidating for me with the glue and all. The tech that assembled me bike did an awesome job (old timer too, not some doofus high school kid)...so I was thinking of having him install these.

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I got them and had the dealer install them. Couple of hundred bucks I think, not more than $300 to install. I just had them roll it into my deal as I got the grips as part of my $1000 in free accessories.

I had also read the instructions, and likewise just didn't feel like messing with it. I installed the tall windshield, luggage rack, and most recently the rear trunk myself, but the crap with the glue and letting it set overnight, I figured let them do it. I timed it with my 600 mile first service and just let them do it all and have my bike for a few days while I was away on a business trip.

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They came on mine here in Canada......first time I've had them on a bike and I'm really liking having them....only had them on snowmobiles before......
 

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I ordered them. $231. Couldn't wrestle them any further. List is $275 I think.
They arrived today.
Dealership sold me some Honda Pro Grip glue and solvent (spray) to deal with removal and install.

I have reviewed these directions and since I've already had the bike torn all the way down I figured this can't be that much harder....not sure when I will get to it but I will let this thread know. I won't be doing a step by step or pics cause the directions are very clear and straight forward.

The glue and timing is what worries me. The dealer said it isn't any big thing.
I'd have them do it but there is just something about doing things yourself (besides saving money) that just feels right.
 

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I ordered them. $231. Couldn't wrestle them any further. List is $275 I think.
They arrived today.
Dealership sold me some Honda Pro Grip glue and solvent (spray) to deal with removal and install.

I have reviewed these directions and since I've already had the bike torn all the way down I figured this can't be that much harder....not sure when I will get to it but I will let this thread know. I won't be doing a step by step or pics cause the directions are very clear and straight forward.

The glue and timing is what worries me. The dealer said it isn't any big thing.
I'd have them do it but there is just something about doing things yourself (besides saving money) that just feels right.
Good luck. I had to cut the stock grips off, and I absolutely would not want to have to mess with putting them back on.

However ... I thought I saw someone here say that the Honda grip cement needs to set overnight (and I seem to recall that being the case doing this job on another bike some time ago). Which means you have a lot of time to get the grips on, and in fact the cement almost acts as a lubricant while it's still wet, which you're going to need to get those things on.

One suggestion: on the throttle side, be careful to put the glue only on the throttle tube, not on the grip itself. It might make it harder to slide it on at first, but it will save you from getting any of that goop between the throttle tube and the handlebar.
 

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Picked up everything last night.
The throttle grip comes with the throttle tube PRE-INSTALLED.

The only thing that needs gluing is the left side.
This took 3/4 of the concern out of this job that I had.


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So its all installed. Had some issues with the throttle cables (remove/reinstall) but other than that, it went smooth. I don't know how the dealer charges only 1hr for this work but while I'm glad I did this on my own....I don't think they have done one of these yet. I don't see this possible to do within 1 hour.

The left grip still kinda isn't solid (been 8hrs) but I will let it sit overnight.

I put the glue on (all around as indicated and THIN) let it set for 3mins and then slid the grip on using the glue as lubricant. You don't put glue on the last 1" towards the center of the handle bars.

I didn't over do it but not sure what I will do it if isn't rock solid come morning. It's been 70s here today so temp is fine.
 

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(...)I don't know how the dealer charges only 1hr for this work but while I'm glad I did this on my own....I don't think they have done one of these yet. I don't see this possible to do within 1 hour.(...)
There is a huge difference between doing something you've done before (or been shown before) and figuring out how to do something for the first time. When I had the Venture, I used to scare people with how quick I could do things that you'd expect to take much longer -- but I had two service manuals and was so familiar with the bike, I could tell where every nut and bolt was without looking at them.

The Honda instructions to the dealer probably assume proper training was previously delivered to the mechanics, in which case 1h for installing the heated grips is more than enough time.
 

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I did pay 275.99 for the heated grips and had the dealer install them ( I have limited use of my hands so my serious wrenching days are behind me now). Good news is I can still ride. The heated grips include a multi-stage (4 or 5 settings) switch and seem to work pretty well. I have only used them once early morning in Kalispell MT when I picked up the bike. I had heated grips on a BMW K bike in 1986 in the Denver area and they were really effective on cold morning rides to work.
 

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Got mine through the $1000 accessories. Dealer only charged me $150 to install but they hadn't done one before and after mine they said it would be a lot more expensive since it was a lot harder than they expected.

Also *highly* recommend adding 'Grip Puppies' after installing heated grips. They make the grips a lot more comfortable and the heat comes right through them and also my cramp buster fits only with grip puppies.

Amazon is a little over-priced at $23 but still worth it. I had to cut a lil over an inch off the grips but well worth the investment and loving them on top of heated grips.

Amazon: Grip Puppy Comfort Grips


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I got grip puppies from California Touring. I wasn't aware they were even for sale anywhere else ($12). I had to cut them to 4" on the left side and 4-1/2" on the right side (if I recall).

I bought my bike prior to memorial day 2014, so no option were even available.
I too suspect my dealer will get screwed on the 1st install..2hrs is more appropriate for a seasoned tech.

By the way, I did notice this in the fine print on install:


Please Convey The Following Information To The Customer Before Delivery.
• Do not set the heater level higher than 1 for one week after installation to allow the handgrip cement to fully cure.
 

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I'm tackling this project this weekend. How did y'all go about removing the grip(s)? I would like to reuse them and would rather not cut them off if I don't have to.:350x700px-LL-66dd6d
 

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Actually, now that I've read the instructions a little more, I now realize that I don't need to re-use the left grip. They say to save it, so I assumed it would need to be reused, so I also assumed that I'd somehow have to get it off without destroying it. :rolleyes:

Did any of you use something (successfully) other than the actual Honda cement?



I'm tackling this project this weekend. How did y'all go about removing the grip(s)? I would like to reuse them and would rather not cut them off if I don't have to.:350x700px-LL-66dd6d
 

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I just ordered mine from bikebandit.com, they also had a coupon for 10% off dropping the price down to $197 delivered. So I'll be tackling this project as well soon. Old man winter is right around the corner. :eek:
 
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