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JeepWrangler4x4 10-25-2012 06:21 PM

Heated Seats
 
Anyone try these yet? Universal 11" x 19" Carbon Fiber Heating Element Heated Seat Heater Kit

Slater451 10-25-2012 06:27 PM

I had a similar set up in mine they worked really well untill the first time they got wet. Then they were kaput ! So if you make sure your top is up every rain shower. And every heavy dew. Then you should be fine

powellst 10-26-2012 06:58 AM

For $37, it's definitely worth a try.

Atthehop 10-26-2012 08:57 AM

I have a set of carbon fiber heated seat covers that worked very well. Now that I am out of work and do not need to leave at 6:30 am I may not need them for a while.

Jerry Bransford 10-26-2012 10:16 AM

Man I would love me some heated seats. I made the mistake of taking off for a winter desert wheeling trip without my top and took a shortcut oover the top of my local mountains where I drove through a bad snowstom with howling winds. I don't think I have ever been so cold in my life. :eek:

tallzdatank 10-26-2012 10:28 AM

call me cheap, but i think im gonna take some $15 heat pads from Wal-Mart and sew them into my cheap junk seat covers. then plug them into my power inverter. total cost $50 inverter was a $20 yard sale special.

Atthehop 10-26-2012 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 2928420)
Man I would love me some heated seats. I made the mistake of taking off for a winter desert wheeling trip without my top and took a shortcut oover the top of my local mountains where I drove through a bad snowstom with howling winds. I don't think I have ever been so cold in my life. :eek:

Once you use them you will say, what was I waiting for?

Jerry Bransford 10-26-2012 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by tallzdatank (Post 2928449)
call me cheap, but i think im gonna take some $15 heat pads from Wal-Mart and sew them into my cheap junk seat covers. then plug them into my power inverter. total cost $50 inverter was a $20 yard sale special.

A 120v home heating pad draws more power than you think which means it'll require a much bigger inverter than you may have or be expecting. Any type of electric heater draws a lot of power. If your inverter can't provide at least 1500 watts continuously, I wouldn't do it... and most inexpensive inverters can only handle 300-800 watts. Not to mention that when talking amperes, that heating pad will draw well over (because the inverter is not 100% efficient) 10X as many amps at 12v than it does at 120v. So if for example it draws 5 amps when plugged into 120v, it'll draw well over 50 amps out of your Jeep's 12v system. When there is 1/10th the voltage (120v vs. 12v) to work with, it requires 10X the amperes to provide the same power.

lindel 10-26-2012 11:43 AM

Heated seats are one of my planned upgrades. I may have to jump on this!

tallzdatank 10-26-2012 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
A 120v home heating pad draws more power than you think which means it'll require a much bigger inverter than you may have or be expecting. Any type of electric heater draws a lot of power. If your inverter can't provide at least 1500 watts continuously, I wouldn't do it... and most inexpensive inverters can only handle 300-800 watts. Not to mention that when talking amperes, that heating pad will draw well over (because the inverter is not 100% efficient) 10X as many amps at 12v than it does at 120v. So if for example it draws 5 amps when plugged into 120v, it'll draw well over 50 amps out of your Jeep's 12v system. When there is 1/10th the voltage (120v vs. 12v) to work with, it requires 10X the amperes to provide the same power.

its a 2000 watt inverter with 4 120v plugs. and ima be putting in dual batteries before I do.

aryb 10-26-2012 03:31 PM

I had those in my original seats, then moved them to my PRP seats.
Cheap and easy to install. I've had them for a couple years now, soooo nice.

KaiserJeep 10-26-2012 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by tallzdatank (Post 2929078)
its a 2000 watt inverter with 4 120v plugs. and ima be putting in dual batteries before I do.

That's a real bad idea. 120v AC is enough voltage to kill you if it gets wet, or to start an upholstery fire with an arc from a short circuit.

Use the 12v seat heater kits, they are lots safer.

Jerry Bransford 10-26-2012 03:53 PM

Yep in spite of the availability of a 2000 watt inverter, as an electrical kind of guy, I would only consider 12v seat heaters. I wouldn't give 120vac seat heaters even a passing thought for a Jeep.

Atthehop 10-26-2012 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by jerry bransford (Post 2929321)
yep in spite of the availability of a 2000 watt inverter, as an electrical kind of guy, i would only consider 12v seat heaters. I wouldn't give 120vac seat heaters even a passing thought for a jeep.

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Blind Dog 10-26-2012 06:22 PM

I used to drive a '69 VW microbus all year and you probably all know about the factory heat in those. Never got above 40-50 F if it was below 20 degrees outside. Got some heated seat covers that plugged into the cigarette lighter with a thermostate switch and everything. Man, that was nice and toasty. I wish I'd kept them when I traded it for the Jeep. May have to get me some of those for that price! Thanks man!

MPjeep 10-26-2012 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
Yep in spite of the availability of a 2000 watt inverter, as an electrical kind of guy, I would only consider 12v seat heaters. I wouldn't give 120vac seat heaters even a passing thought for a Jeep.

Agree 100% I live in Oregon where I get in my rig most of the time soaked with rain from hunting/wheelin. You guys can have your ass and balls sitting atop a 120 ac grid all you want without proper grounds. Have fun with that!

gmiller0737 10-26-2012 07:06 PM

I installed the Dorman Kits in My TJ & My Wife's Expedition Last December so far they have worked Great the one's in the Jeep have got wet a time or 2 & still work just fine, Kits were around $60 per seat on eBay.

DBoat 10-26-2012 07:07 PM

I have them in my Wet Okoles I just bought but it hasnt gotten cold enough here to use them just yet..

Heliotropic 10-26-2012 07:08 PM

Just ordered one. For $40 (+$10 shipping) it's worth a shot.

Thanks OP for the link.

JeepWrangler4x4 10-26-2012 08:15 PM

No problem, ill have to order one for mine soon, did you order the wire extention?

Heliotropic 10-26-2012 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepWrangler4x4 (Post 2930095)
... did you order the wire extention?

I thought about it. Wasn't sure if I'd need it. I figure I can just splice in wires if I have to, so I didn't buy it.

jp2611 10-26-2012 08:22 PM

Okay I may have over paid but I got the ones from the big Q over 2 years ago made by Corbeau and have NO COMPLAINTS....it is funny watching people's faces when it is upper 40's low 50's and I still have the top off at 6-7am on the way to work with just a T-shirt on......Heated Seats in a JEEP are GREAT!!!!!

Blind Dog 10-27-2012 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by jp2611 (Post 2930117)
......Heated Seats in a JEEP are GREAT!!!!!

Oh heck yeah...on anything. When you heat yourself directly, it's super efficient compared to blowing a bunch of hot air that gets sucked out into the air stream.

Atthehop 10-27-2012 09:34 AM

Here is what I have.

Carbon-Fiber Heated Seat Covers - Universal Fit | CozyWinters.com

Made the wife very happy the last 2 winters when we car pooled together every day.

DBoat 10-27-2012 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Atthehop (Post 2931413)
Here is what I have.

Carbon-Fiber Heated Seat Covers - Universal Fit | CozyWinters.com

Made the wife very happy the last 2 winters when we car pooled together every day.

looks pretty cool, er Hot... :)

Heliotropic 11-11-2012 07:26 PM

I got my seat heater installed this weekend. Works Great! I even had to switch it to low because it was getting too warm on my butt :redface:
One thing that would have made them better would be the option to change the temp (hi/low) independently between the bottom and back. I'm sure it could be done with the purchase of another relay and switch, but this works good enough as is.

ohsixlj 11-11-2012 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Heliotropic
I got my seat heater installed this weekend. Works Great! I even had to switch it to low because it was getting too warm on my butt :redface:
One thing that would have made them better would be the option to change the temp (hi/low) independently between the bottom and back. I'm sure it could be done with the purchase of another relay and switch, but this works good enough as is.

Let us know how they hold up.


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