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Harley Heated Hand Grips not working

There were installed by my local stealer, worked for one year.
I do not have the wiring diagram to check.
Fuse is good - there is continuity to ground when ignition is on.

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  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    My heated hand grips on my 2007 Heritage Software are not working



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The harley heated handgrips are notorious for failing.  Some people have reported finding a loose connection on the ground wire, like they did not crimp the terminal on the end of the wire at the factory.  If they are wired externally of the bars (almost impossible to wire those any other way) then it should be easy to follow the wire down to inside the headlight bucket or in the nacelle or dash, (depending on what model bike) and check the connections.  If both grips quit at the same time then it's probably wiring.  If one quit first, then it may be the grip itself.
If you need to replace them, I would highly recommend not buying the HD brand anymore, and instead choose Polly grip heaters.  They are made for snowmobiles and have a long list of benefits over the HD type: - fits internally in the bar end, so you can use any grips you want - cost $35!!  compared to $250 for HD - easy to install
I have installed over 7 sets in my friends bikes and not one single failure.

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  • IronHorseman Dec 22, 2010

    Hi, Flyin Brian (or anyone else with an experienced answer). I have a 2009 Electra Glide classic with the stock 1" handlebar and electronic throttle in the handgrip. Can the Polly grip heaters you mentioned work with this setup? Have you installed for this application? Which Polly grip heater, from their website, would you suggest (since they say their snowmobile grips are not suitable for motorcycles because the snowmobile ones run hotter). Thanks so much.

  • Tony Smith Apr 03, 2014

    My starter switch went bad, and in the process of taking the Right grip assembly off, I unplugged the two-pronged wire assy. on the end. This caused my grips not to heat. Once I plugged it back in, the grips started working.


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I have a 2004 harley low rider and just changed my switches to chrome, when i reconnected everything my hand grips got hot with dial turned to off.

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