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#1 05_2500HD

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 07:50 AM

I know this has been asked before but I can't find a straightforward answer....does anyone have any firsthand experience installing seat heaters themselves ? I've seen JP Customs kit and I am wondering about that kit or any other one.....I've looked into having it done and they want $630....I've done lots of work myself, just never had seats apart before (they are cloth) and I feel a little intimidated with this...

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#2 Yukon04

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 12:06 PM

I am an EE for the seat supplier on these trucks. My group is responsible for the integration of all electrical components in these seats(including the new 900 program). I've never seen the heated seat kits you mentioned, but what do you want to know?

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Posted 06 October 2005 - 12:11 PM

I am an EE for the seat supplier on these trucks.  My group is responsible for the integration of all electrical components in these seats(including the new 900 program).  I've never seen the heated seat kits you mentioned, but what do you want to know?

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I am looking to find out how difficult of an install it is to add seat heaters to cloth seats.

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#4 Yukon04

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Posted 14 October 2005 - 09:28 AM

Sorry for the late response...

It is not hard wioth some of the kits I've seen, but some tools may be required. I can't remember if the trim is hogringed on or velcro. In the trenches of the seat foam, attachments are used to keep the trim in place. You'll have to find out which type. If it is hogringed, you'll need a hogring tool. Velcro - obviously not tools needed. Placing the heated seat mat - Make sure that it does not intrude into trenches and make sure there are no resistive element showing externally on the mat. Route the wires so that there are no interferences to any of the seat components. Not sure how you plan on tapping the power source, but I assume there is a module that will need to be wired in. Place the switch where you want it and follow any circuit diagrams that should be supplied with the heated seat kit.

To follow OEM heated seat requirements would be VERY involved including changing the body harness and seat harness. Holes in the door panel would need to be cut and the door and seat modules swapped.

Bottomline - Take your time. Either way it is fairly involved and probably best if the seat is removed from the vehicle. I cannot tell you how to do the power part, unless you went the OEM route. Good luck..

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Posted 14 October 2005 - 06:19 PM

They're Velcro. The power seat adjuster is a real PITA to deal with. If you have power seats, I'd recomend against removing the seats, just take the bottom cushion out.

The manual seats are pretty simple. The only thing to watch out for there would be the integrated seat belt retractor in the backrest. It is somewhat difficult to work around.

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Posted 15 October 2005 - 08:36 AM

They're Velcro. The power seat adjuster is a real PITA to deal with. If you have power seats, I'd recomend against removing the seats, just take the bottom cushion out.

The manual seats are pretty simple. The only thing to watch out for there would be the integrated seat belt retractor in the backrest. It is somewhat difficult to work around.

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Hmmmm....OK....I do have a drivers side power seat so that's good to know.....I don't see any hog rings anywhere so that's good news.....anyone know how to remove the armrest ?

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#7 Freyguy

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 08:01 AM

Check ebay for these kits before you purchase them. I believe they have them for $100 a seat, and they are high quality.
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#8 Yukon04

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 02:01 PM

I asked around for you. Check this out:

http://www.heatersea...om/products.php

Similar type of setup to what we design into the seats from production. My EE opinion is to not mess with anything that is not carbon fiber element. The kits look quality.

#9 05_2500HD

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 03:35 PM

awesome...just the info I was looking for....I guess there's no need to pay someone $400 to do this after all

#10 05_2500HD

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 08:24 AM

but.....does anyone know how to remove the armrest ? Thanks !!

#11 Yukon04

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 09:23 AM

Asking the seat complete engineer. Standby...waiting for a response.