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After Market Seat Heaters

« on: January 07, 2015, 04:27:36 PM »
Megan loves her 4Runner, but she has expressed interest in a new car primarily because she wanted seat heaters. I received an email from Rock Auto back at the beginning of December advertising a seat heater kit for ~$70 a seat. I got to digging around the interwebs and found the same kit for $54.99 for both seats!!! I snagged them off ebay and  they arrived shortly. I ended up sneaking them in on a weekend that she worked both Saturday and Sunday (12 hour shifts) and I stayed up all night Saturday with her car torn apart while she slept.

Getting the heating pads in the seats was definitely the hardest part. It required peeling the seat covers off and the more elaborate the upholstery is, the more hog rings there are holding seams to anchors in the foam. I ended up removing a lot of those hog rings, but the fabric needed to be anchored to the foam, so I used zip ties since they went through the heating pad and I didn't want to use metal hog rings. Once I got the seats reassembled, I pulled the console and ran wiring. I joined the two grounds together and grounded it to the parking brake bracket. The two hot leads were joined together and lengthened with one larger gauge wire. I used a piggy back fuse tap and found an open accessory fuse location. This made wiring a breeze. That night I threw the seats back in and tucked the switches up out of sight. On Christmas eve, I drilled the switch holes and pulled them through.

All in all, it cost $55 for the kit, $5 for the fuse tap at Autozone and about 5 hours of my time. Megan (and her butt!) are happy!  ;D

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2015, 04:31:06 PM »
Not to be outdone, I decided that after the holidays, I would add this accessory to my truck. I ordered my set off of amazon with prime so it was $59.99 with free 2day shipping. They arrived yesterday and I got the seats out within minutes of getting home!

My driver seat was easy, because it has a zip on backrest cover. The bases were difficult, but the passenger backrest folds flat to make a work station (its a truck!), so it was more difficult. I got them all put together and wired them up the same way as I did Megan's.

I have to say, I am spoiled because I don't think I will ever have another vehicle that doesn't get $60 seat heaters! And I got them in just before the arctic blast!

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 05:01:57 PM »
Maybe I need these for the new Audi,  it did not come with heaters

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2015, 08:42:51 PM »
Love my seat heaters and won't buy another car without them. Definitely warm up faster than the heat in the car making it more tolerable in this cold weather.


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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2015, 09:07:35 PM »
Love my seat heaters and won't buy another car without them. Definitely warm up faster than the heat in the car making it more tolerable in this cold weather.


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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2015, 03:36:12 AM »
I would put a set in my S-10 . . . but I'd hate to know I paid $55 more for seat heaters than I did for the truck!   ;D

I wonder how hard it would be to install them in Joy's Kia?  I know she'd love 'em.

 

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2015, 07:37:12 AM »
I replaced some heater pads in routan vans with out removing the seat,  I was able to loosen the cover and slide them in,  that was for the lower half, on the vw seats you have to take more trim loose and remove the seat.  I've used zip ties in place of hog rings before but I do own a pair of hog ring pliers that get used about ever two or three years

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2015, 09:41:38 AM »
If they are non-power seats, I believe it is much easier than if they are powered. Megan's 4Runner has powered seats and once you remove them from the vehicle, they are stuck where you removed them. My truck was all manual, so I could move them around when they were out.

If the Kia is anywhere as easy as my truck, it'd be worth it, but her kia would be down for a while during the process.

I didn't get these priced at any other place, but I'd say it'd be a couple hundred dollars minimum. It might be worth it to someone, but not me!

I didn't mention that these seat heaters were trimable (I think!), but I didn't trim them down. That might make them easier to slip in. Also, heads up on the passenger seat- they have air bag weight sensors so make sure there are no conflicts. My truck had an air cushion with a tub running to a sensor under the seat. Megan's had electronic sensors right on top of the pad.

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2015, 09:59:47 AM »
I bet these would be good for a bus too.

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2015, 10:33:34 AM »
X2 for my Ghia...
How many amps does the system pull, and can you give a link to the Amazon Prime ad.
Thanks bud.

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2015, 01:11:23 PM »
They said 10amps a seat. I did a test and have them both soldered to a larger gauge wire which runs to a single 10 amp fuse and it hasn't blown yet with both of them working, so I'd say its safely below 5amps per seat.


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After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2015, 06:22:21 PM »
I have noticed that the drivers seat gets hotter than the passenger side in the Passat. Mine have 3 settings to choose from.


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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2015, 10:47:06 PM »
I got a set of these for the ghia.
Haven't installed them yet.
KC

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After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2015, 03:16:00 PM »
I might put these in the audi

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Re: After Market Seat Heaters

« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2015, 04:51:17 PM »
You guys are gonna run out of cold weather to enjoy them!

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