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Harley Heated Hand grips failed a third time.

They last about a year, first time it gets cold about a year later, they quit working. The left one has been the culprit 3 out of 3 times. It apparently gets water inside and corrodes the mechanism. Each time I have pulled off the handgrip to replace, water has poured/trickled out. I packed it with silicone grease this last time, still failed. Dealer is awesome, has warrantied the last two. Waiting on a decision from Harley this time. They have to know they have a problem!

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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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Is this using stock brake lines?  You could have kinked the metal tubing and possibly broke it when you straigthened it out.  I would suggest getting someone to help who knows what they're doing on brakes... pretty dangerous if you make a mistake.  With that said, the system *is* pretty darn simple.  The master cylinder is a pump and the caliper is the actuator.  If you have the reservoir filled with the correct fluid and the system has been bled properly, meaning no air in the lines, then unless it is leaking there is no reason you won't have brakes, unless the seals in the master are blown out.  
If you need to start over... get a master cylinder seal kit, a caliper seal kit, and a bottle of the correct fluid from the dealer.  Both kits are around $20 and since your bike is 10 years old it wouldnt hurt to replace the seals.  Rebuild the master and the caliper according to the service manual instructions.  Also make sure you fully inspect the brake line to make sure you didnt kink it.

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