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Heated Seat kits

All right, winter is coming in Canada, and I'm looking to install a heated seat kit in my Ranger. I've looked at the old threads, like the one by Rwenzing ( that BA supercharged 302 Ranger), but that kit is no longer available.

Does anyone have experience with a kit that is currently available. Good or bad?

I'm a little leary of Ebay junk...
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I'm pretty sure drppdyllwrngr put some in his seats. Let me look for the thread.

I can't find the thread. Shoot him a PM.
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Okay, I found the same product that Rwenzing installed. The Ebay link in his thread was dead, but the company still exists.

In case anyone else is looking, warmseats.c om is the link.
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i install them almost daily. do yourself a favor and get the carbon fiber ones. they are about twice the size as the others. plus, you can trim them down a little if needed. i have a set in each of my cars. i use them even in the summer when my back starts bothering me. most are simple two wire hookups. power and ground. you just drill a 3/4" hole where you want the switch to go. normally on the outside of the seat, in plastic trim. i know a lot of rangers don't have that. so the cup holders, or even the radio bezel, but that will require making the leads to the switch longer.
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Well, the kits that I ordered are advertised as carbon fibre, so I hope they'll be good.

I didn't think of mounting them to the plastic trim on the seats. That'll make things easy. Thanks for the advice!

Once my lady sees these, she'll be badgering me for a set in her Civic!
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The carbon fiber seat heaters from warmseats are great I installed one set in my fiancee's Expo and one set in my moms escape.

these are the ones I have used
http://www.warmseats.com/WarmSeats-Seat-Heater_p_8.html
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i install them almost daily. do yourself a favor and get the carbon fiber ones. they are about twice the size as the others. plus, you can trim them down a little if needed. i have a set in each of my cars. i use them even in the summer when my back starts bothering me. most are simple two wire hookups. power and ground. you just drill a 3/4" hole where you want the switch to go. normally on the outside of the seat, in plastic trim. i know a lot of rangers don't have that. so the cup holders, or even the radio bezel, but that will require making the leads to the switch longer.
Sounds like you're the man for me to ask a few questions to, so let's talk butt and back warmer installation for a few. I've considered installing them and I've wondered about the process of installing the heaters under the seat covers; the wiring doesn't bother me. If I install them on my 04, which has the captains chairs, and I peal back any fasteners (or maybe velcro) and remove the seat cover to gain the access required to lay the warmer sheet on the foam pad below, am I going to have problems reinstalling the seat cover without wrinkles and/or other objectionable appearance issues? There are only like three things that I've never done a a car/truck, and upholstery is one of them.

Also, these 04 captains chairs suffer from a crappy design on the outermost edges. What happens is, you rub/slide your back/butt against them when getting in/out and the seat cover starts to wrinkle. I suspect there is some of that pad funky pad that is rolling and wadding up between the seat cover and between the foam, but I'm not sure. I've also noticed that the foam itself isn't durable on these edges, I mean, really, 30,000 miles and with a driver weighing 155# and it's looking used? Thanks (not) Ford, my old 94 went 125K miles before it looked worn and I fixed. On that note, can this crappy pad be removed and replaced when the cover is off for heater installation, thereby fixing this appearance issue? Thanks!
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The carbon fiber seat heaters from warmseats are great I installed one set in my fiancee's Expo and one set in my moms escape.

these are the ones I have used
http://www.warmseats.com/WarmSeats-Seat-Heater_p_8.html
Yep, those are the ones I ordered. Good to get some positive feedback.
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so if i order quantity 1 from the site do i get a pair ie. 2 seats or would i need to order quantity 2 for pass. and driver seat heaters?
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so if i order quantity 1 from the site do i get a pair ie. 2 seats or would i need to order quantity 2 for pass. and driver seat heaters?
no it is 75.00 per seat so 150.00 a pair
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I had never thought of this. How hard is the install in cloth seats? Has anyone seen or made a how to? Thanks
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cowboy, i'll get to your questions later. probably tomorrow morning.

michaelV, they work perfectly with cloth. we generally put them in when we do leather installs, but we have done them with factory cloth. i have suede inserts in my seats, and the heaters work very well in the suede.
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Where would you reccomend drawing power for these?
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fuse box is always the best, but we generally pull from a switched cig lighter.
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fuse box is always the best, but we generally pull from a switched cig lighter.
would an add-a-circuit work?? or are these too high of a draw to piggy back like that?
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I was thinking of using a fuse tap(or two) but I wasn't sure how much extra capacity was built into the fuse panel.

The other option I was considering was to take power from the battery and run a relay to switch it with the ignition, which would add virtually no additional load to the factory wiring.

Also, are there any hog rings that I will have to contend with?

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For anyone interested in installing these, there are hog rings, so you will very likely need new hog rings and a hog ring plier.

Also, these heating pads are a bit wide to be fitted to the seat back. The adhiesive strips fall right on the velcro strips where the panels of the seat fabric join/attach to the seat cushion.
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Also, these heating pads are a bit wide to be fitted to the seat back. The adhiesive strips fall right on the velcro strips where the panels of the seat fabric join/attach to the seat cushion.
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the backs are too wide? so what was your solution for installing the heated seat backs?
im planning on buying this kit as im doing Terrys leather covers soon.
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the backs are too wide? so what was your solution for installing the heated seat backs?
im planning on buying this kit as im doing Terrys leather covers soon.
I haven't done it yet. I don't have a hog ring plier yet. Hopefully before christmas.

The instructions strongly advise against folding the heating elements, but I am considering folding the edges with the adheisive back over themselves to narrow the overall width. Otherwise, sourcing more adheisive and attaching the elements to the seat foam a little bit more inboard would be a soultion.

I have to source hog rings also, I'm going to try a local upholstry shop and see what they suggest.
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i got 250 hog rings and pliers online, was pretty cheap, they came as a set w the rings... did this back in my old car.

I just need to muster up the gut to tell Terry to build the leather set...$$$
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Okay, I finally got these installed this past weekend. It's getting cold in Canada again, so the time was right.

I was able to narrow the adhesive section enough to make them fit without trimming the into the bus lines. I tapped into the underhood power distribution panel for switched power.

As for the function, they are nice, but the low setting is a little cool, and the hi setting very warm for my taste. They will be well used, especially as I often make short trips, where the engine barely makes it to operating temperature.
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