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Aftermarket Heated Cloth Seats

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by scottw1, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. Dec 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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  2. Dec 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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    My son-in-law installed a set of these in my daughter's Forerunner and they were a complete hit. They worked as well if not better than the factory installed warmers in the Jeep they had owned.

    He saved beaucoup bucks by purchasing on the net and installing himself. He also said it was not too time consuming once he removed the upholstery from the seats.

    After seeing his install and hearing about the process I don't think you will be disappointed.
     
  3. Dec 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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    They work well! There are a lot of options as to how you can install them. You could have an upholsterer put them under your seat fabric or you could do it yourself. There are also kits that sit on the top of the fabric and under a seat cover.

    Just remember that elbows and knees on heated seats can create dead spots. That would suck.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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    Just installed these last weekend: http://www.ebay.com/itm/160909079916?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

    I really like them so far! They heat up really fast and get really hot. Having 4 heating pads per seat helps for heat distribution and made the install easier.

    I'd recommend you get a 4 piece kit as you wont be able to fit 1 large pad on the bottom part of the seat without cutting holes in the pad.

    This write up helped me a lot as fas as getting the seat apart: http://www.lieblweb.com/heatedseat.html

    Hope this helps!
     
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  6. Dec 15, 2013 at 3:52 AM
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    Thanks for all the feedback. Looks like they are a hit. ailll1, thanks for the instructions as well.
     
  7. Dec 18, 2013 at 5:55 AM
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    I used Seatheater.com. Great products and customer service. I damaged one element by kneeling on the seat at one point and they sent me a new element set for free including shipping!
     
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    I'm wondering if you could put these right on top of our fabric seat and install seat covers for an easier installation... They may actually be what you are supposed to do if you plan on running seat covers, what do you guys think?
     
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    did you install them under the original seats upholstery or on top of the original seat material and install seat covers?
     
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    I installed mine under the factory seat upholstery. I have padded seat covers also.

    Granted....it does take longer to 'feel' the heat only because of the thickness of the upholstery & seat covers. But once they get heated up, they're AWESOME. I've had mine for many many years now and I've never had a problem with them.

    As mentioned earlier......this is actually my writeup from my own install.
    http://www.lieblweb.com/heatedseat.html
     
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    I installed them under the original seat upholstery. It took a little time but it looks OEM on my '08. I had to update the lower dash piece so that I had switch blanks by the lighter as the '05 to'08 had nothing.
     
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    I installed two heated seat kits into tacomas this week. The first kit I bought is from http://heatedseatkits.com paid $180 It is a good kit and I really like the size of the pads and ability to cut in the middle for the hog rings. Install for the two front seats took two nights. Wiring was simple. I routed in Techflex from the seat to the center console then up to the blank auxiliary switches. This took a little longer to do than drilling straight into the cup holder tray. I really like the kit.
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    Some recommendations:
    1) Kit doesn't contain hog rings- buy some online if you don't have a good local source. I had to drive a ways for mine.
    2) buy a set of gearwrench hog ring pliers or other plier with a spring (cost about $20)
    3) the passenger seat was more difficult with the fold flat modification. Plastic pieces are easy to break. I'd recommend buying this ahead of time
    -fold Flat levers for handle x2
    - Clips for fold flat plastic tray x2
    - Blanks plus extra (if using the spare switch, the blanks flat on the back are easier to drill the 25/32 hole)
    COVER, SPARE SWITCH - 55539-52060-C0
    4) buy a 25/32" bit or unibit (what I used / had). I dremel was also handy

    I bough the other set on Amazon :Dorman 628-040 Universal Seat Heater Kit $120
    The pads are considerably smaller and not carbon fiber. The notch is pre cut (can see in picture) when means I use the large cutout since I cannot cut the metal wire.
    The wiring is almost identical to the other set but the pads aren't as quality (which I knew). They put out a surprising amount of heat for their size, comparable to the other set.
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    I bought another set from Amazon to try Brotech Carbon fiber seat kit. I'll review those when I get them and install in my sisters subaru.
     
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