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    2015 F800R The heating wire of left grip is busted up.

    Does anyone know of a replacement wire that would be a good substitute?

    The wire is smaller than 30 gauge, which I had on hand, maybe 40, and bright silver. Maybe steel or aluminum or a mix?

    Replacing that wire is a simple task, it just coils around in the groove and then 2 tiny crimps to the harness.

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    i can`t help you sorry, but please let us know how you go, my right hand one has just failed, but coming into the warm weather here, so i have a while to fix it, good luck (((-;

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    Quote Originally Posted by 308bever View Post
    i can`t help you sorry, but please let us know how you go, my right hand one has just failed, but coming into the warm weather here, so i have a while to fix it, good luck (((-;
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    You can't just use a normal wire, you need one with the same resistance since it's actually a heating element. Based on memory, you can use a generic heated grip element as a replacement and the bike won't know the difference. I don't recall the exact numbers, but my old 800gs had the same style grip heaters and they had the same resistance as the generic heater elements I got from Cycle Gear for another bike. I think it was this model - https://www.cyclegear.com/parts/trac...sku_id=1127297
    Give it a try, worst case scenario you throw a code and return them, but it should work.

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    There was a similar thread on the UKGSer forum the other week which may be of some use to you, topic was Heated Grip Repair or something similar.

    Work was carried out on a GS but I'd guess that the outline of how to and the consumables needed may be similar to working on the grips used on the F range.



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    The wire is a resistance wire, probably nichrome. Fairly easy come by but gauge and overall length is important, so try to get as close as you can to the stock wire.
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    after much research, my conclusion is the grip heating wire is made of unobtanium.

    original wire is 28 gauge at .6 ohms per foot as per my best comparison and measurements.

    28 gauge at .6 ohms does not exist afaik. Nichrome 80, Nichrome 60, Kanthal, Stainless Steel all about same specs.

    .6 ohms is 20 gauge, which is triple the diameter of 28 and does not fit right on the grip grooves.

    So I'm off to find a used left heated grip part# 7708227. Dealer wants $128 so maybe half price used which is fine, there's a few available.
    Same grip was used across 2007-2016 for various F700, F800, K1300, S1000

    cheers

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    As a last-ditch attempt, what about a steel guitar string ? I have heard of them being used as an alternative to Nichrome in hot wire foam cutters, so they must have the same resistance heating behavior. 28AWG = Ø0.32mm which is used as the D string in an '11-52' and '12-53' acoustic string set.
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    I can see the sense in having a go in repairing things, but really, heated grips?, A new set of, say Oxford heated grips will hardly break the bank and frankly they are superior. They have more settings, are far cheaper then the OEM ones, and relatively easy to fit, how do I know?. I have the OEM ones on my F800R and have the Oxford touring heated grips on my Kawasaki Z1000sx.

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