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post #1 of 21 Old 01-20-2019, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Frozen thumb! How do you keep yours warm?

Hi everyone, I know there are some heated grips and heated gloves that help keep hands warm. I just came in the house to thaw out my right thumb...it was **** near frozen. I need to do something about a frozen right hand and right thumb. For some reason my left hand stays much warmer. It is currently 8 degrees F. I do not like to hard wire anything due to inexperience, but this might just have to be an exception.

I'd like to ask everyone to reply with your method of keeping your thumb/hand(s) warm while plowing or riding in the very cold.

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Heat Demons (heated thumb and grips) are an absolute must for cold climate riding. Oh and a good windshield is also a huge help. I regularly ride in brutally cold -15 F ( -30 with the wind) weather all winter long.
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Grip heaters work real nice for your hands. They are fairly straight forward to wire but the last ones that I got want you to hardwire them directly to the battery and not through a relay or the key switch. They depend on you turning them on and off to keep from killing the battery. I just wired a relay into the power supply for them that is only activated when the key is on.

As for that frozen thumb, you can also get a thumb heater that slips onto the throttle lever. I have never used one but know others that have them and they are pretty much standard equipment on snowmobiles so they must work.

Other than that finding someone else to do your plowing will also work.
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Heat Demons (heated thumb and grips) are an absolute must for cold climate riding. Oh and a good windshield is also a huge help. I regularly ride in brutally cold -15 F ( -30 with the wind) weather all winter long.
Same here and I have lined leather mitts with thumb and forefinger.
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Anyone got a good source for the thumb and grip heaters?
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Anyone got a good source for the thumb and grip heaters?

Amazon was where I got mine. Look for heat demon dual zone.
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Heat demons for atv's are the way to go as they come with the thumb warmer, and they are pretty simple to install. Just read the instructions and don't rush yourself.
The grips have a bump on them where the wire comes out of them. Sit on your bike and rotate the grips to where the bump feels the most non intrusive and lock them down there.
I got mine from Ebay.


Getting some large hand guards helps reduce the wind on your hands also.
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Thanks for the info, I am going to get some as I like being out when it is cold!
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I had a bad crush injury to my right thumb in 06 and I don't think I'd be able to ride in the cold without the thumb warmer.
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I have a finger that is that way. I tried to slice it off just above the second joint and now when it gets cold I loose all feeling in it from the scar to the end of it.

The doctor told me that they could of done some micro surgery to repair the nerves but I was a macho type back then and said that I wasn't going to worry about it.

The things that we do when we are young.
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