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Anyone using climate control seats?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jvand678, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. Sep 20, 2009 at 8:02 AM
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    jvand678

    jvand678 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    My wife and I rented an Infiniti SUV when we were in Scottsdale and I've been hooked on this one ever since... The car had both heated and cooled seats. After trying it out, I think this is the ONLY way to go with leather. It pumps the cool air through the perforations in the leather and feels Oh so nice.

    Doing a little googling, it looks like Amerigon has the market cornered on this climate control seating and is the one that provides it for all of the manufacturers.

    Has anyone out there done this mod on theirs and if so, where did you find these units and what kind of price am I looking at to have both heated and cooled seats?

    thanks,

    Joe
     
  2. Sep 20, 2009 at 8:15 AM
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    We had a Navigator with the heated and A/C seats.
    That was very nice in the summer to combat swampazz.
    Most cars only blow air in the seats but the Gator had actual A/C ducts to it.
     
  3. Sep 20, 2009 at 9:00 AM
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    Mercedes has ac and it's awesome

    I only have heat in the truck (leather ones in canada come factory with heated seats) but I'd love to have A/C.

    it would mean to change the seat fabric to perforated leather.. that's too far on my list of things to do
     
  4. Sep 20, 2009 at 9:46 AM
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    I'm not really one for the heated seats, but cooled seats are amazing :) It feels like you're sittin in a swimming pool...I don't have leather, but I don't see why it couldn't work for fabric seats.

    Have you found a place that sells those amerigon units?
     
  5. Sep 20, 2009 at 10:06 AM
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    I wished I had.... That's what I'm hoping to find here. I'm sure one of the local interior shops could get it for me but I'm looking at doing it myself so I'd like to avoid the retail establishments if at all possible.
     
  6. Sep 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM
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  7. Sep 20, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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    I design seats for a living... that would not be a mod done so easily.

    Cooled seats need a very porous material on top of it (like perf leather) and usually 2 fans pumping air through channels in the foam to the trim cover. So, at least, you would need: new trim covers, new custom foam pads, ducting, fans, wiring, switches, etc. Plus room to put all this in, which the tacoma really doesn't have. There are a few manufactures that make cooled seats, but I don't think there are many aftermarket ones (most of them make way more $$ from the OEMs than in the stores).
     
  8. Sep 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM
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    I knew that in order to do it, I would have to replace the seat covers and at the very least customize the foam to allow the venting and coiling systems. Yes a lot of work.... But do you think it would be extremely cost prohibitive to even consider?

    In terms of room, is there less in our Tacomas than in the infiniti or in several smaller lexus cars.
     
  9. Sep 20, 2009 at 1:21 PM
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  10. Sep 21, 2009 at 6:31 PM
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    I'm not sure how you'd run channels through the seat foam, and once you did how long it would last (once you cut up foam, it tends to break down much quicker than virgin foam - the skin tends to hold it together). You should have enough space, probably more than some cars. It may end up with some bulges in the back, though. Cost prohibitive is of course relative to what you expect to spend, but I would imagine it would be probably $500 in parts plus a bunch of weekends of work to put a custom system together.
     
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