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09 xp. started out not as hot as normal and by the end of the trip , no heat at all. same with the thumb warmer. i find it odd that they both quit working at the same time.what should i check. and if so whats the easest way to replace them
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Buddy just got done replacing his broken bars on his. I know there were two wires that had been broken for a while, his stopped working late last year.

He got new warmers with the new bars so his wiring was fixed then.

My vote: Check all the wiring at the bars first.
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How the tides have changed..... welcome to the club you made fun of me for so long... the pro warmers work well... haha jk



I would also check the wires on them, on our 08 we had issues with the ends of the elements making contact with the bars and grounding out before they could work through the elements, some electrical tape around the bases and they were good as new.
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I would also check the wires on them, on our 08 we had issues with the ends of the elements making contact with the bars and grounding out before they could work through the elements, some electrical tape around the bases and they were good as new.
Seen the wires short out on the ends as well. There was a update or fix by the dealers for this issue if I remeber correctly.
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Yea; those things are finicky.

I wrapped my grips with Kapton tape (the stuff they use on teh space shuttle solar panels)... real thin and it holds up to the abuse the grips take. Haven't had one short out to the bars since.

Another thing I did... handguards would always rotate a bit when I wreck and would rip the wires out... so I popped two small holes in teh bars and ran the wires through the bar. No more problems with handguards and wires anymore
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You'll need a multimeter for this... unplug the handwarmers from the connector on the bars.

On the connector to the handwarmers, one wire is ground. It's probably black or brown... it'll be more different than the other two. Stick the black lead on that.

Set the meter to resistance, then poke the other two wires. One should be slightly higher than the other.... like 13 and 20 ohms... if you see less than 1, the element is shorted to ground. If you see "OL", the circuit's open... either a bad wire or broken trace. Can also check continuity from the bars themselves to high and low, should see "OL" on both of those. If it's a few ohms, the trace is shorted to the bar.

Other side of that connector, the one going to the sled... set the meter to measure voltage... again, black probe to ground, whatever pin that happens to be... fire up the sled, click the handwarmers on low... should see voltage on the pin cooresponding to the trace with the higher voltage. Medium or high should see voltage on the other, and if it has a medium setting the high setting should have power to both pins.

No power on one/all of those pins would point to wiring or the switch controlling them. My bet is it's the grip warmers on the bars, not the sled-side wiring.
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