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Old 11-09-2006, 04:20 PM
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Heated Drivers Seat Install

Finally got the heated drivers seat installed in my '97 190 and figured I would post a little how to for anyone that might want to do the install. Overall the project took me about 3 hours and cost a total of $110.

These are the heaters I purchased http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/pedecafiunhe.html I was able to get them direct from the manufacturer off of Ebay for $75.

Here are a couple of photos of the heated seat kit. They have carbon fiber elements and are waterproof. High and Low heat settings with a lighted switch.

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Old 11-09-2006, 04:21 PM
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Here is a close up of one of the pads.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:23 PM
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Now I had to remove the hundreds of staples that hold the skins to the seat backs. This took a total of about 1 1/2 hours do do. Had to be carefull not not tear the vinyl.

This is the seatback
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:24 PM
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And now to peal back the vinyl so that I could install the heater elements.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:27 PM
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Now put the element in using the double sided tape supplied with the kit to keep the element in place while recovering.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:29 PM
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Do the same for the seat bottom cushion. This required a little more dismantling since there were four seperate pieces of foam and the vinyl had flaps in order to keep the contours tight. I also had to trim the heater element to length.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:31 PM
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In order to get the wire for the element out of the seatback at the proper location I had to drill a hole in the back for the wire to pass through. there was an existing hole on the seat cushion that I used.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:35 PM
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Here I cut out a little piece of foam so the wire would sit flush and not show through the vinyl.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:35 PM
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Now to re-attach the skins to the backs. I cheated a little here and had an upholstery shop do this for me. The black plastic that makes up the seat base is impossible to staple into without a neumatic stapler. I paid the guy $30 to restaple with stainless staples. Worth it since I didn't have the proper tool. If you have an older boat with wood bases you could easily do this yourself.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:37 PM
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Now put the cushions in the seat frame and route the wires so that the seat can still slide to its full back position. You will hide these wires later.
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