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Heated Seats -- 2015 OEM elements VS Aftermarket?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by DistortedAxis, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. Dec 3, 2016 at 4:50 PM
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    DistortedAxis

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    Planning on adding heated seats when I install the Katskin leather seat covers. How do the aftermarket heating elements stack up against OEM?

    OEM element is around $400 per seat. Lower Heating Element is $200 and upper is $200 element. Complete aftermarket kit is $100 from eBay

    OEM set looks like it offers a lot more coverage( side cushions and center cushions). How is the durability of the cheap-o elements? Do they slide around or fail?


    OEM bottom element
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    Cheap-O eBay kit
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  2. Dec 3, 2016 at 10:22 PM
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    Crazydave

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    Not sure about longevity but I just installed aftermarkets in my truck. Kit cost $80 on Ebay with better switches that look factory. No sliding around since the aftermarket seat heaters have double sided tape on them, that I stuck on the inside of the seat covers I was installing also. So far, they work great. Nice warm buns and saved a lot over OEM.
     
  3. Dec 3, 2016 at 10:30 PM
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  4. Dec 4, 2016 at 8:26 AM
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    Larzzzz

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    I just installed the cheapo deluxe set in my gf's 01 corolla. They work very well.
    The nice thing with the oem tho is that they are made for the seat and will require no cutting.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2016 at 8:38 AM
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  6. Dec 4, 2016 at 8:09 PM
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    ordered cheap-o ebay "china" kit... Should be here in say.... 6 months to a year lol.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2016 at 9:04 PM
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    I got some carbon fiber ones off of Amazon and couldn't be happier. They have the little round three way switches. Everything you need but the add a circuit. OEM is almost always the cleaning way to go but you definitely pay for it. I wouldn't recommend the the cheepo ones but find some that has good reviews . my two cents.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2016 at 6:51 PM
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    I just had Katzkins installed on Friday and also had them do the heated seats. I looked around for a while and hemmed and hawed about the oem switches and stuff and just said f it and had it done. The place is a certified Katzkin installer and they used carbon fiber heaters which I thought he said were road wire. They have the high/low/off round switch and they mounted the switches in the 2 outside blanks where the USB/Aux in is. They told me ahead of time that the Katzkins have thicker padding so I would have to use them on high to get them going. I tried them out today and they work decent, not as good as the ones in the BMW but acceptable. They said there is a lifetime warranty on the heated seats but who knows what that really means.
     
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  9. Dec 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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    My heated seats with Katzkin got hot on the high setting and comfortable on low. This is my fist year with them and haven't gotten to really test them our on a 15 degree day.
     
  10. Dec 5, 2016 at 7:05 PM
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    Tacoma heated seats are a port installed option, and not factory installed.

    So, China made is what you get regardless.
     
  11. Dec 6, 2016 at 9:33 AM
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    Picking up my new to me 12 dclb, was thinking that heated seats were the one thing missing on it. Not for long, thanks to y'all I now have an order in for a kit.

    Buncha enablers...:D
     
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  12. Dec 6, 2016 at 12:20 PM
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    @Drif10. This place will obliterate any savings you may have if you let it. LOL
     
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    I'm usually doing the enabling over at advrider, so I guess this is karma. :D
     
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  14. Dec 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM
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    I did the ebay kit with the switch that looks like the t4r switch last winter. they work great, and i pretty much leave mine on all the time once the temps drop below 60.
     
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  16. Dec 8, 2016 at 7:13 PM
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    I cant stand any temp under 50, those seat heaters sound pretty damn nice!
     
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    Just got home and the temp is 15 and a WC of 0. I am sooo happy I installed heated seats.
     
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