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Old 03-29-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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OEM heated seats in aftermarket seats

I'v searched and couldn't find a definitive answer. I know that I can swap the passenger bladder/weight sensor into the seats but i'm curious if anyone tried to remove the OEM heating elements and fit them to their seats.

I have a limited brz and will be swapping out to Recaro Speed seats and want to keep as much OEM function as possible so the heated seats to me are a must. How hard is the OEM seat to take apart and are the elements a big pain in the ass?

Any suggestions on mounting brackets would be nice, I still can't decide what is the best route to take to mount it. The seats have the recaro sliders on already.

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you're probably better off buying new heating pads, clipping the connector off your stock seats and put those on the wires for the heating pads to connect everything else. i recently redid a stock driver seat that had a blown airbag so that i could turn it into a desk chair and it's kind of a pain in the ass to remove the whole thing. if you do decide to really go the whole way then you're going to need hog ring pliers and hog rings. at least for the oem seats. no idea about your aftermarket ones, but i can only assume they would use the same thing. there are a bazillion videos on youtube about reupholstering car seats. i think that's a good place to start.
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yeah the more i think about it the more im leaning towards aftermarket heat pads and make them work with OEM harness.
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Back in the day A buddy of mine had a bride seat and you can easily pull the pads off real fast and he just slipped a regular old heating pad behind it and plugged it into his cig. lighter and tossed the pads over it. I feel this could be easy and done much more cleanly with the proper stuff.
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OFF-TOPIC: what steering wheel is that? wrapped/dipped garnish thingy? I <3 it !
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OFF-TOPIC: what steering wheel is that? wrapped/dipped garnish thingy? I <3 it !
Its the OEM wheel with perforated alcantara side, solid alcantara top botttom, Red alcantara center. Aus spec black trim. The rest of the interior is also alcantara, black buttons are also Aus trim, just google "brz black buttons thread".
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Did you ever find a heater and harness to work with your factory heater wiring? Seems like there should be a near plug and play option out there but I canít find any information either.
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