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Offline 500 A laugh

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heated seats
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:44:12 am »
yes yes, I know, I'm a delicate flower.  but the leather seats were freezing last winter and the heater takes a while top get going on an urban commute when it's -5.  In anticipation of another winter I am musing retro fitting a heated seat.

has anyone done this using an ebay carbon fibre kit?

Can anyopne advise re electrical connections?

has anyone paid a company to do the work and if so comments / recommendations gratefully received.

thank you

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    Offline Nadeem

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 07:12:50 pm »
    If you search for a topic called 'bum burners' someone has already done this and commented if it helps (not the eBay ones).  There are also a few other threads on heated seats but I didn't have a close look at those.
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    Offline 124Abarthreplica

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 07:42:00 pm »
    Bought some £10 inc delivery on ebay last winter, just the job on leather.
    I'll use them again next winter.
    Cannot go wrong :thumb:

    Just checked, cheapest is now around £15, there's inflation for you :whistle:

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 10:04:02 pm »
    Or you could fit a Clifford remote engine start, push the button 10mins before leaving home, and not only will your seats be warm but all your windows will be fully defrosted
    No one can nick the car with the engine running as the doors are still locked and if you touch any of the pedals it turns off.... You need to still insert the key also it has a neutral sensor so you can't start in gear
    Best mod I ever did on my last car.......it's fun for summer too, as you walk up to the car in the shopping centre car park, push the button and people really look  :thumb:

    Offline 500 A laugh

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 11:35:37 pm »
    Thanks Nadeem will take a look

    124abarth replica- did you fit yourself? I am DIY able but have not looked at where wiring should go. Can the mats be slipped beneath the leather or do you need to take the seat apart?

    Ooh I like the sound of the Clifford system. I have a pre- heater on my family car am its wonderful. Will look into that.

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 09:51:43 am »


    124abarth replica- did you fit yourself? I am DIY able but have not looked at where wiring should go. Can the mats be slipped beneath the leather or do you need to take the seat apart?



    Nothing technical at all, just a seat cover ala base and backrest. Elastic straps to hold in place. Folds in two when not used. Power via cigar socket.
    Got a multiple cigar socket, just plug in the for 2 heated front seats. Each one with hi/lo off switch.
    Works really well.
    Highly recommended :thumb:

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #6 on: August 15, 2013, 07:24:01 pm »
    I have the aforementioned heated seat covers too. They're superb VFM and work very well. I paid about a tenner from Amazon for mine a year ago. I swap them between cars as they're only held in place with some elastic. They give out a fair heat up full, but it doesn't burn, plus has a cut-out anyway.

    That wife of mine likes the cold air blasting all the time. I like heat, and plenty of it. The heated seat covers ensure there are no more hear/cold related disagreements. In fact, I can honestly say that my heated seat has improved my marriage and relationship.  ;D

    If you go with Amazon, just read the reviews. Steer clear of the ones with no reviews, and obviously avoid the ones that get bad reviews.

    Apart from a union jack air freshener or Carpro Reload sealant, heated seat covers are the best tenner you'll ever spend on your car.  ;)  ;D

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #7 on: August 16, 2013, 10:44:47 am »
    it certainly appears that despite the dodgy aesthetics, a tenner on these vs hundreds on a retrofit in the seat is a no brainer.  Thanks a lot chaps.

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    Offline 500 A laugh

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    « Reply #9 on: August 16, 2013, 11:08:17 am »
    Thanks again.  Have bought that.  I hope I don't need it til December.....

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #10 on: August 16, 2013, 06:34:12 pm »
    Thanks again.  Have bought that.  I hope I don't need it til December.....
    Glad you got sorted :thumb:
    Warm December then cold January and February, you heard it here first :whistle:

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #11 on: August 16, 2013, 06:56:10 pm »
    One reason I went for the cloth was the quality of the leather wasn't too great plus the seats weren't heated. Also thought it was poor from Abarth that if you specced red leather, you didn't get it in the back
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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #12 on: August 16, 2013, 07:41:52 pm »
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    Glad you got sorted :thumb:
    Warm December then cold January and February, you heard it here first :whistle:
    Hope not I need cold dec, perishing jan and freezing feb  :thumb:

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    Re: heated seats
    « Reply #13 on: August 16, 2013, 07:59:07 pm »
    One reason I went for the cloth was the quality of the leather wasn't too great plus the seats weren't heated. Also thought it was poor from Abarth that if you specced red leather, you didn't get it in the back

    was done on purpose to make it look like a two seater race car, im sure i read that somewhere..  :whistle: