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Old December 7th, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Seat retrim and heaters

I am prepping to retrim my front seats with new Exmoor trim kits. I have the seat heater kit as well (the one RN sells, by Waeco). For those who have done this: how did you route the seat heater wires out of the seat base? Did you go straight out the back? Or did you go down through the hole in the center of the foam and out the bottom? Thanks.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 03:22 PM
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I went out the back, since my replacement foam didn't have the hole (aftermarket foam).
It worked well, but just be sure to be careful not to pinch any wires, when moving the seats on rails. I wrapped the exposed wires w/some of the plastic electrical wire covers from a local parts place to help keep the individaul wires from being pinched...
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Old December 7th, 2012, 04:35 PM
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Jeff - when you do this project, could you take some pics, maybe take some notes and put it in the small projects section? This is on my (rather lengthy) list of to-do's and there are probably quite a few of us who would like something to refer back to when the time comes.

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Old December 7th, 2012, 05:03 PM
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Thanks Sonny. Good advice. Yes - I'll take pictures as I work through the seats this weekend and post them up.
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Thanks Sonny. Good advice. Yes - I'll take pictures as I work through the seats this weekend and post them up.
You're welcome. I'm not sure how much you've looked at the wiring harness yet, but you'll probably end up w/ quite a bit of excess wires to route somewhere (i didn't want to cut and resplice mine). Our 110 has the factory center box and it has a recessed area underneath...I was able to bundle the excess wires/relay/fuse block and place it in the recess underneath. This allowed the hot to go through the floor, underneath the console and then straight into the battery box opening nearby. I used an ignition hot on the radio to power the relay and placed the ground on one of the mounting screws for the console...It made for a pretty clean install. I'll take a couple of photos this weekend of the button placement and what wiring you can see, to maybe help out some.
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I am prepping to retrim my front seats with new Exmoor trim kits. I have the seat heater kit as well (the one RN sells, by Waeco). For those who have done this: how did you route the seat heater wires out of the seat base? Did you go straight out the back? Or did you go down through the hole in the center of the foam and out the bottom? Thanks.
Do it at the back ... Will give you more length if you want to just access the underwear storage without having to disconnect the seat base every time.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 10:06 AM
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Check out the Exmoor site. They have tutorial videos that run you through the installation. I'm sure they show how to run the wires the right way
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Do it at the back ... Will give you more length if you want to just access the underwear storage
underwear storage ? Is this were you store the panties thrown @ your truck while traversing the streets of Manhattan ?
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I re-trimmed the seat bases last night. I followed the Exmoor videos on Youtube and it was fairly easy. The only modification I would suggest is waiting longer than ten minutes to allow the glue to set before stretching the re-trims over the foam.

For the seat heaters, I just routed the wires down through the foam and out the back between the foam and the seat base. Pictures below. The heater pad is affixed to the foam with double sided tape. Once in place I just followed the instructions. There's not much to it. Test the heaters before breaking out the glue!

I'll wire them up in a similar fashion to Sonny - keeping everything under the console, and powering the relay from the radio ignition fed hot. On to the seat backs this afternoon.
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What kind of switches came with this kit? Is it a 3-position (off-low-high) or just on/off?
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Old December 9th, 2012, 09:33 AM
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The little round generic three position switches. Hi Lo and Off.
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The little round generic three position switches. Hi Lo and Off.
Are there relays in the mix with these too I'd assume? I wired mine up with relays, but only with a single on/off switch....haven't plugged them in yet, but maybe plan to work on this soon to finish them up.

If you need those weatherpaks let me know...I should have just given you some yesterday.
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Yes - the kit includes a wiring harness that includes a relay, switches, and an ample run of wire. You basically just need to hook up power and ground.
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Yes - the kit includes a wiring harness that includes a relay, switches, and an ample run of wire. You basically just need to hook up power and ground.
So - just curious - how do the seat heating elements know if it's high or low?
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The switch has a high and a low setting
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Old December 9th, 2012, 10:13 AM
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Great question. I am not sure - it looks like there are two seperate runs of wire through the heating elements (one lo, and one hi) and I am guessing that they have different resistance. There are appears to be a little thermostat in the harness as well to monitor/regulate the temperature.
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Here's how I mounted the switches in ours, and routed the wires up through the console...it kept it looking pretty clean, but does use up some of the storage space inside...
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