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Old 02-07-2017, 10:48 AM
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Adding heated seats

Hi all,

Is it possible to add to a 2017 rubicon front heated seats?
If so, how and what would it involve?
Or, if one changes the whole seats to the ones with built in heating elements,
Do the under seats connections fit / work?
Then, if you add the original heated seats buttons, will they work automatically or a resoft is needed?

Thank you for any insights,
Rafi

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Re: Adding heated seats

I have had good luck with aftermarket kits. My last three vehicles did not come with heated seats and I had them installed through my dealer who farms the work out to an outfitter. The elements are much hotter and work much better than factory and they can put the switches wherever you want.

They strip the seat cover off and install the element and then re-glue it back on. Very nice and you cannot tell it was ever removed. Total cost was about $600 for the front seats.

Trying to piece together the factory parts would be $$$$ unless you just happened to find everything in a wrecking yard.

I personally would just contact your dealer and see what they charge to have aftermarket units installed.
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Re: Adding heated seats

I had heated seats as part of my original vehicle quote but when my dealer insisted on trying to find a "close match" to what I wanted in the surrounding 500km area it was starting to look like I'd need to go after market.

While I'm sure some shops can and do, do a great job, a dealership installed seat warmer will not place the switches on the dash as a factory install would. They are instead placed on the side of the seats, meaning it'd be real hard to notice if your passenger left their butt warmer on.

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Re: Adding heated seats

It is actually easy to do. I did mine in my 16 because the pathetic ones that came factory were worthless. I could clap my hands together and get hotter than factory. The covers are not glued. The upper portion has a rail clip that attaches at the back bottom of the seat. Front and back clip together. The front facing is attached via velcro strips. Look at your seat: see the lines, there velcro adhered. The bottom is attached via rails to the under front sides and door side. You need to remove your seat riser handle. Cover pops off and a t30 screw it's off. Peel the sides and front up. The front portion that your thighs are on is hog ringed. Again look at the lines in the seat. The back section where your bottom is the outer edges are hog rings and the center is again velcro. I did both my driver and passenger seats without removing the seats. It's a little harder but I didn't have an impact gun for the seat bolts. I had the premium leather and sound package. The dealer blamed the no heat on the thickness of the leather. I complained to Jeep wave and they refunded me the heated seat package alone cost: $495. If you have questions please feel free to contact me.
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Re: Adding heated seats

I'd add Katzkins if I didn't have heated seats already. Better leather than factory and better heater.
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Re: Adding heated seats

[QUOTE=prw029;2020346370]

Did the factory passenger side bottom have a cut out for the air bag sensor? The bigger name aftermarket companies won't provide a passenger bottom element and none of my local installers will place one due to the sensor. I had thought about buying a kit and adding just that factory element to maintain compatibility with the sensor. Since you've seen both, any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Just about all the after market kits can be cut. I trimmed out for the sensor. Just as I trimmed out for where the Velcro goes together. Just lay the pad down first then take a marker and draw a pattern for the sensor. Same for the Velcro areas.
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Thank you. That's what I was thinking too. I'd hate to go through all that and just have half a seat or do anything to interfere with the sensor working properly.
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