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Electrical Connection Grip Heaters for the GL1800 Goldwing

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Electrical Connection GL1800 Goldwing Grip Heater

Installing the Electrical Connection GL1800 grip heaters on my '07 Premium Audio model was a bit more involved that I expected but don't be scared off. If you enjoy working on your bike and have had the top shelter off it's pretty easy. If you haven't had the top shelter off then you have some things to learn but will be better off for it. I will not cover the top shelter removal here, you need to get a shop manual and/or order Fred's Videos to learn about that.

 

The heaters worked well, although they take a few minutes to warm up and seem to do better with the engine running than not. Went for a ride at 49 degrees with just my mechanics gloves and the low setting was plenty warm and the high setting was annoyingly warm. I will have to see how well they work in the 20s with my insulated gloves on.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

Here is a photo of the harness connected up the way it installs. The directions that came with the GL1800 grip kit weren't very clear. Of special note here is the grip heater cards plug into the main harness on the end with two connections, both having blue and black wires. It does not matter which grip heater plugs into which connector.
The switch wires connect blue to the switch position labeled I (low), the white to II (high) and red to the center.
The white connectors are both for providing power to the harness, doesn't matter which you use, whatever is easiest.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

The only special tool you will need is this step bit. I about choked at the price, $35.00 at Home Depot, but it is the tool for the job. I wrapped a piece of tape around the bit so I could easily see where to stop for the 3/4" hole. Drilling at a medium speed with light pressure it cut a perfect hole that did not require de-burring.

 

 

I removed the seat and the top shelter. It is not necessary to remove the top shelter completely. Simply take it loose, including the two studs near the front of the seat so can slide it back out of the way a little bit This saves taking apart all of the connectors which are a pain. Of course if you have not changed the air filter in a while now is a good time to dig deeper and do that chore as well.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

Next remove the inner skirt from the right fairing tunnel to allow routing the harness along existing harness along the frame. If you have never done this there is a plastic fastener which is accessed from underneath beside the right fork. To disconnect it, use a small screwdriver to pry the center out and then pull the entire connector. On the top it is held in place by a phillips head screw below and to the side of the ignition.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

After the skirt is out of the way the right side intake air inlet can be removed by taking out one phillips head screw. (see photo) I ran the main harness underneath the inlet and tie wrapped it to existing harness.

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

Remove the gauge cluster to allow access to the triple tree cover. There is no need to disconnect the hard to get to connectors. I use a bungy cord up and over the windshield hooked into the vent to hold it up and out of the way.

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater InstallationNote the rubber post and anodized bracket in these two photos. There are two flats on the rubber grommet and a squared entry into the bracket. The flats and the slot in the grommet must line up in the bracket slot when you reinstall the cluster. This can be a pain but there is just enough room to run your hand and arm underneath the cluster to help with getting this in.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

This is a shot of the heater card installed on the clutch side bar after cleaning with alcohol.

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater InstallationThese shots show grip heater card harness routing and tie down under the bars.

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

This is where it gets interesting. Electrical Connection says on their website that Honda removed the right side power harness on 2006 and later Goldwings. I found this switched power connector on the right side under the fairing on my 2007. I used it for power and have an unused auxillary harness in the garage. I did call and tell EC about my find.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

The instructions say to plug in the grip heater cards to the main harness underneath the triple tree cover. This is where my installation will look a little different because I have Reg Risers installed on my bars. This photo shows how I routed the harness for both sides, as well as the main harness to the area beneath the gauge cluster and under the triple tree cover. I wrapped the connectors in tape because this looks to be a wet area when riding in the rain. I tie wrapped everything to existing brake and clutch lines, being carful not to let the connectors drop between the lines which must move when turning the bars. I used an empty clamp space to hold the main harness.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

This photo shows the routing of the main harness where it exits from under the skirt after everything is put back together. Remember to leave enough slack so the bars can turn to full left lock. If you look closely you can see where the card harness is routed to the top of the triple tree.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

This shows the nice clean hole cut by the step bit. I have a gripe with Electrical Connection on this part. The switch has a tab on the side which requires a notch in the panel. I whittled this out with a utility knife.

The weather cover was not as clean on the edges as I would have liked so it doesn’t lay perfectly tucked in as I would like.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

Simply a shot of everything plugged in before final assembly. I chose to install the switch beside the key lock instead of underneath it as shown in EC’s photos because there was a harness directly behind that area that would prevent getting the wiring plugged in and I didn’t want to mess with relocating the harness.

 

Electrical Connection Honda Goldwing GL1800 Grip Heater Installation

Finally a pic of the switch installed and everything put back together. No extra parts is always a good thing!