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Old 12-06-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Heated Grips on Snowblower (DIY?)

Just bought a new snowblower, and I'm pretty stoked about it...but I had really wanted to get one with the heated grips, and I couldn't find one I liked in my price range. I'm contemplating trying to retrofit some heated grips to the snowblower, but I don't want to drop $100 for a set of motorcycle grips. Anyone have any thoughts on an affordable way to do this?

It has a 12V generator used to power an optional headlight...so I have power readily available. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: Heated Grips on Snowblower (DIY?)

Snowmobile heated grips, they're actually not grips but just a heating element that gets glued to the bar. They're pretty cheap in comparison to the MC ones (which are likely the same)

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Old 12-06-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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Are those really that useful? I always just wear heavy gloves when I use mine. I don't think I could feel the heat through the gloves.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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Default Re: Heated Grips on Snowblower (DIY?)

Like G1K mentioned sled or ATV heated grips are what I would look for.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:52 PM   #5
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Are those really that useful? I always just wear heavy gloves when I use mine. I don't think I could feel the heat through the gloves.
I can feel them through my thick gloves at 60mph in single digit temps on the snowmobile...

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How about dropping $41...

http://www.motosport.com/atv/product...segment=badger
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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Unless the motor is set up with a 12v electric start including a 12v battery it is doubtful that the very limited lighting generator on the motor will handle the load from the heated grips.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:55 AM   #8
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It is set up to run a single H3 halogen bulb for the 'lighting duties', which should pull about 4 amps. So I was thinking if I can get in under that, I should be fine...
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Run the exhaust through the handle bars.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:56 PM   #10
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Yeah, but light will run at a lot of frequencies and voltages.
Like he said, you would need a full blown battery charging 12 VDC system for any of the snowmobile set ups to work.

How long is it going to take you?
I have 150 foot driveway leading to a 25x75 parking area.
I have never used anything more that leather work gloves at the most.
More often than not just the wool knit “liners” for the all day in the cold leather work gloves.

Sometimes your hands get cold, but that is a good excuse to hold a hot rum and cider while you look out the window at what you have accomplished.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:01 PM   #11
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Run the exhaust through the handle bars.
Exactly what I was thinking!
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