Dear Ralph: Have you had any complaints regarding the hot grips on 2006 or earlier REVs not getting hot enough? Mine get warm, but...

Dear Ralph:
Have you had any complaints regarding the hot grips on 2006 or earlier REVs not getting hot enough? Mine get warm, but do not seem to get hot. I previously rode a Yamaha, and before that a 1998 Ski-Doo and both were much warmer. I’ve had it in 2x to the dealer and they seem to think they’re fine. Your thoughts?
Bryan Bender
Hortonville, WI

I can’t say we’ve had handwarmer issues with any of the REVs. It does depend on the height of your windshield and engine RPMs, as a low windshield lets the cold air suck the heat out of the grips, and lower engine RPMs don’t provide as much juice to make the grips hot. This just isn’t as common of a complaint like it is on the Yamaha Apex models, or older Ski-Doos. I guess it’d be curious to see what kind of voltage is being delivered to the grips, maybe the regulator output could be on the low side.

  • Bill Rodgers

    September 3, 2008 #1 Author

    Leasons learned the hard way on a 2005 Rev.
    SDI models use a higher output stator and require grips with a higher resistance value. If your dealer installed SDI model grips on a carb model (like I did), the grips will hardly get warm on the high setting. I have also found the main ground wire to be tie wrapped too tightly against the steering shaft causing the wire to partially break and reduce the ground signal. Have your dealer check the part numbers again and ground circuit again.

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