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Old 06-09-2018, 10:22 AM   #1
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Default Seat Base and Seat Heater Element Questions

The easy, I think, first. Where I have an extra driver's side seat base is there any reason I can't swap the base over to the passenger's side? The added benefit would be the easier adjustability of the driver's base.

Second question. Having stripped several driver's seats to find they had deteriorated foam bottoms and side bolsters I removed the heating elements before trashing the foams. This got me to thinking.

Can I use the extra heating elements to provide more area on the seat that is heated? Being from New England and the fact that the leather seat upholstery I will be installing is much thicker than the cloth OEM covers I thought extra heating would be nice. I know anything that "heats" draws a good amount of power/amps. Would wiring the two elements as one in the back and the same with the bottom over-load wiring and or fuses or both?
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:37 AM   #2
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The seat base should work. I like the idea that you can also raise and lower the seat height. I'm not sure about doubling up on the seat heaters, others will chime in. You have 2 240s. Take a drivers' seat out and install it on the passenger side. See if works the way you want, only 4 nuts on each seat.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:56 AM   #3
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I like how you have increased the heating area. However, yes you will stress the wiring and fuses that are finicky at best. It would be pretty simple though to add a relay to handle the power needs, and use the existing switch/wiring/fuse to trigger the relay. It would be just like the headlight relay upgrade.
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Old 06-09-2018, 11:34 AM   #4
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Small reward with risk of fire. Just my
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:19 PM   #5
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Small reward with risk of fire. Just my
How would there be a fire? If all the components are in good condition, there should be no risk. Now if they where stacked, I would be worried. Could add a potentiometer to make temperature adjustable?
It's and experiment, but nothing new...
http://www.heatedseatkits.com/heatedseatkits/index.html
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:01 PM   #6
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I don't know. Something about the sketchy thermostats, thin wires and 4 25 year old heating pads. It may be nothing.
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:25 PM   #7
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How would there be a fire? If all the components are in good condition, there should be no risk. Now if they where stacked, I would be worried. Could add a potentiometer to make temperature adjustable?
It's and experiment, but nothing new...
http://www.heatedseatkits.com/heatedseatkits/index.html
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