1998 Honda VFR 800 Interceptor

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Honda VFR 800
Honda VFR 800

Hot Grips for 1998 Honda VFR 800


It is nearing the end of November and it is to get cold here in Texas. would be any temperatures below 60 F! several lengthy rides to from Huntsville on the bikes in sub 50 F I finally decided that had to be done to keep our hands So I started asking around and at all the options.

The options I considered are as thicker gloves, electric electric liners, under heat strips and heated Thicker gloves don’t help much after twenty minutes. Your still get cold but now you have the that it is more difficult to the controls of the bike due to the bulk of the Using non-electric liners the same results.

Electric are great, but you have to remember to them with you, and you to be wired to the bike, too inconvenient for me. liners are similar to the electric in performance, but again not real depsite their effectivenss. grip heated strips Kimpex heaters are inexpensive, you to use what ever grips you and are easy to install. However, I had mixed reviews about effectiveness from fellow VFR

Heated grips are wired to the bike and are there all the time. is no need to remember to bring or to plug yourself into the So, even though they are expensive than the undergrip $89.99 for the set, and they are not any than gloves price I chose to go with the Hot Grips .

The Hot are complete new grips that the grips you are currently using. come with just everything you need to install They are generic in that fit standard bar diameters and grip both of which you specify you order them. For the VFR 800, it is a 7/8 and 4-3/4 length. The instructions are but nothing exceptional.

The grips with an off/lo/hi switch, wire and a heat dissipating I opt for the Variable Heat Controller. It is $40 but it gives you much more in controlling the level of heat. It is easier to install in my opinion.

I have a minimal understanding of circuit theory. So dangerously with some knowledge and the new I set about figuring out how I am going to the grips.

The Process

The first thing is to decide how I to tie into the bike’s existing system. The Hot Grip website tying into the headlight because it is a 20 Amp line, it is switched the headlights so there is no need to to turn the grips off to save the and that line can handle the load from the grips. So, I the left side fairing, the wiring schematic in the back of my manual and look around the to find a convenient place to tie the headlight circuit.

Let me state here that without serious effort, I don’t there is any good place to tie the headlight circuit. Honda did a great job of wrapping all the wires, getting to them and having slack to pull them out for and such is near impossible. So I about using one of the lines to the tail light assembly.

are easy to get to and are also switched to the After digging around in the of the bike, I figure the license light wires will be the to get at. But, they are only on a 10 amp

I do not want to run the grips off of a low current

The solution is the use of a 30A 12V generic auto I use the license plate line to the relay. A relay is simply an operated switch.

Typically a low line is used to operate the which in turn switches a power circuit on and off. I turn the key to the on position, the relay is and the grip circuit is activated. The only draws about 180 when energized. Thus it is consuming a little over 2 The license plate light should easily handle additional load.

The grip is an independent fused circuit from the rest of the bike’s I use the extra wire that with the grips to go from the plate light circuit to the

Testing the connections as you go along is important. You don’t want to get wired together and then out that there is a break in the somewhere. I started with the plate tie in first. I use small over wire clips to my new lines to the existing lines.

look like small The color corresponds to the wire size they fit. I use the blue clips which are for guage wire. They over the existing line and you the new line into the other

Then there is a metal that gets pushed like a guilotine blade, through the plastic coating of line and making the conection. clean, simple and neat.

the wires are tied into the plate circuit, I turn the to the on position and then use a voltmeter to for 12 volts at the ends of the new wires. seeing that I have the 12 I turn the ignition off and hook the new to the relay. Then I hold the while turning the ignition to the on position.

I hear an audible and I can feel the switch in the relay At this point, using the to check the in and out terminals of the switched of the relay for 12 volts is a good This will confirm the functioning of the relay.

Then off the ignition.

Using 16 guage I run my hot line directly off the positive of the battery. The instructions call for a even though there one provided with the kit. I an inline 5 amp blade fuse the battery and the relay.

This style gives quick and access to the fuse and also it some moderate weather

The line from the fuse is run to the In side of the switched terminals on the The lines from the tie in to the license light circuit are run to the in and out terminals for the side of the relay. I purchased the at Radio Shack for about bucks.

It has a simple diagram on the of the package showing the layout of the The out side of the switched terminals is run next to the bike’s main harness behind the frame on the side of the bike. It comes out of the of the frame just above the radiator.

I find it easier to do with the gas tank propped up on its hinge. This will the variable heat controller.

to Keith Winter for the sharp images!

I zip tie the wires from the and license plate circuit to the on the left side. Then I zip tie the to the circular cross tube runs from side to of the frame just in front of the kit. Then I put zip ties the length of my hot wire bewteen the and the variable heat controller.

The inventor of zip ties should received the Nobel Piece Bags of 25-50 can be had for a dollar or two at local auto parts or Wal-Mart. Get a lot of them, even if you use them all, it never having them laying

They should be at least 4 in for this project.

The next is to verify the integrity of the hot line and to a suitable grounding point for the circuit. I turn on the bike’s again, attach the voltmeter to the end of my hot and to the negative terminal on the battery. You have the ignition on so that the is powered, otherwise you have an circuit. At this point, you be reading around 12 volts on the

This confirms that the circuit is properly powered. To a ground point, simply the meter probe from the terminal and start touching points on the front of the bike. you get a reading of 12 volts or so, you have a good ground.

I use the top rear bolt of the left side because it is easy to get too. is also easier than a line all the way back to the battery.

Now I have the power delivery it is time to install the grips and the Removing the current grips is easy. Remove the bar end weights. insert at least a 5 long screwdriver under the grips. the screwdriver away from the bar 3/4.

Then spray hair spray under the and begin moving the shaft of the driver around the bar to break the loose. At this point it simply slide right off the end of the At least mine does 😉 the stock grips removed, I fit the Hot Grips.

The one with the smaller diameter goes on the left bar and the inside diameter grip on the throttle side.

I set up my grips so the wires come off the bottom of the DO NOT GLUE them yet. I run my down along the existing from the switch housings on bar, then under the fairing just behind the headlight.

The goal is to get them to the just under the flat black dash on the left of the bike. This is where all of the come together for final

The controller has two wires coming out of it. are only about 2 long. I decide to attach about 4 of wire to the end of these wires.

I use the extension pieces to attach the wires to the controller. I connect the hot from the relay to the hot wire of the Once again I use the small clips, this time to one wire from each to the controller ground wire.

I use the clips to attach the remaining two wires to the ground wire to the radiator.

At this point is wired together but nothing is installed. Now I turn on the ignition to see if I getting heat in the grips. It take less than a to start feeling heat the grips if they are set on high.

you have confirmed that you are heat, shut everything You are now ready to glue the grips to the

I do the throttle side first. I the grip so that the place the wire comes out of the grip is at 7:00 if you are looking into the end of the When the grip is rotated to the throttle position, the wire be at about the 4:00 position. keeps the wire under the at all times and out of your way. sure you have enough on the wire that it can move when you rotate the grip.

will prevent the wire suffering fatigue failure repeated bending.

I ordered my with a tube of glue. It is like JB Weld. I use sand to rough up the surface of the throttle and the left side bar.

very carefully, I apply the to the throttle tube. I run a bead on the top and of the tube. My glue drips on the work. Don’t forget to put over your upper to prevent the same from to you.

It wipe if off without too trouble. This stuff everywhere without you even it. Be careful!

Then I use the popsicle contained in the glue kit to spread the around the throttle tube. slowy, I slide the grip the throttle tube. If you go to fast, the builds up on the end of the grip instead of up inside it between the ribs.

before I get the grip almost on the bar, I wipe off the excess and then push the grip on the of the way.

The procedure for the left side is the same. However, you don’t to worry about the grip able to rotate. I just the grip so that the wire out directly at 6:00 (straight Once I have the grips like I want them, I use zip to secure the wiring and remove slack. All of the excess slack up inside the left fairing the dash.

I turn the handle from side to side to that I have full of motion without putting any of the in a bind. While the glue is I use electrical tape to wrap all of my points. You could use shrink for that top notch professional but the tape is easier.

It helps them from the weather and grime.

The final install of the is actually simple. I decide to it on the horizontal dash piece ahead of the clutch lever. allows me to simply hang my over the clutch lever and with the knob using my It is set back a few inches from the where the side fairing holes are located and is centered to side. I use my dremel to drill a pilot hole in the plastic.

I use a 7/16 drill bit to drill the hole. That makes the a bit smaller than it needs to be but I the controller shaft to fit snug. I use and knife to ream out the hole the size needed to allow the shaft the come through.

I the controller knob, slide the through the hole, put the washer and nut on and it down. Then I put the knob on and I’m done. Looks if I do say so myself!

The last thing to do is to zip tie all of the wire length into little bundles to keep it flopping around inside the

The instructions say that you can cycle the on the grips to speed up the curing of the I turn mine on until are hot, then shut off and let them cool, and then for an hour or so. They are dry enough to the throttle without slipping about an hour and a half.

I put the back on and I am done! All told, it me all day. I did it while I was at work and I was being interrupted. So I am not sure how long it should take. I did my Suzuki SV 650 S a few days later and it takes about three without interruptions.

Of course, I had everything figured out I did her bike, so that cuts on the time a lot.


I recently had the opportunity to ride 150 miles on a sub 50 F day. Everyone had freezing hands.

I rode my winter gloves, which are not heavy and bulky, and had to turn the down to about 60-70% of max My hands were quite the entire time, even several hours of high riding. Some people complained that the grips are hard. They are harder my stock grips, but I put very weight on my hands anyway so it has not a problem for me. However, the grips are larger in diameter than the grips.

It is not a problem, however it take a bit of getting used to. At point, I like them. see if I still feel the same way a winter of riding. One last I had to remove my Vista Cruise lock as it will not fit the Hot Grips of where the wires come out of the flange.

That will be missed until I can figure out to do about it.

The quality of the grips is The installation process was relatively free. Having warm is fantastic. I would happily these grips to anyone

Now I just have to figure out to do with my tush and my toes!

Any problems or comments, please me at contact@sfriday.com

All contents are copyrighted of Scott Friday, 2000.

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