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what seat heaters for katzkins leather?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bridgcat, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Oct 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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    bridgcat

    bridgcat [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Gents,
    I will be having my leather seats installed next thursday and I want to do the heated option but I don't want to pay $120 for the katzkin heaters. What heaters do you all reccomend? Ebay brands? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Oct 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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    I just put katzkin leather in my wife's new (to us) 4runner. I used these seat heaters.

    http://www.amazon.com/Seats-Carbon-...8605&sr=8-1&keywords=carbon+fiber+seat+heater

    They work well so far testing them. it hasn't really gotten cold enough yet to use them frequently. install was pretty easy
    Are you installing yourself?

    I think I'm going to pull the katzkin covers off my front seats and install these heaters in my tundra. $49 can't beat it.
     
  3. Oct 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM
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    Thanks, Brad! I'm going to have someone do it for me. I don't trust myself. I'd rather have someone do it who will warranty the work. My luck, I'd put a hole in it. lol
     
  4. Oct 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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    I installed some heaters from http://www.heatedseatkits.com/ in my drivers clothe seat. The Innovative Heat II kit.

    Here's my writeup
    http://www.lieblweb.com/heatedseat.html

    I don't think you'll find anything that's much cheaper. Just remember.... It's not the easiest or quickest job to install them, so you're better off spending more money and getting something that'll last.

    I've had mine for many many years now. Haven't let me down yet....
     
  5. Oct 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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    Thanks, Jandy. I saw that link in another thread today. It still won't work. I don't know why though.
     
  6. Oct 29, 2014 at 6:17 AM
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    You actually have to cut a hole in it. The cool thing about the carbon fiber covers is that it's ok to cut the fibers. It won't render them useless. I was worried about that too but the directions and how-to's I've read all tell you that cutting is ok. You just obviously don't want to cut too much. For the bottom cushion, I basically cut (3) 1.5" square holes for the fasteners to run through to attach the listings to the rods in the seat. I used plastic zip ties instead of hog rings just in case the hog rings might cause a short. The katzkin listings are plastic rods instead of metal as well. For the seat backs, i just cut about 4-5" off the end of the heating pad.
     

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