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What's involved? I know of some aftermarket heating elements that can be installed to convert to a heated seat. Anyone ever done this?
 

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I got a heat kit when I had my cloth seats reupholstered with a leather kit. Since I already had the cushions exposed they didn't charge the full labor cost to install the heaters. I even had the switches installed in the factory spot, even though they're different switches. I've had good luck with them over the years!
 

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I got a heat kit when I had my cloth seats reupholstered with a leather kit. Since I already had the cushions exposed they didn't charge the full labor cost to install the heaters. I even had the switches installed in the factory spot, even though they're different switches. I've had good luck with them over the years!
I plan to do the conversion sometime within the next few weeks b4 it gets cold outside. What brand did you get and who did the conversion for you? I talked to a couple of upholstry shops here and they all wand $200-$250. The company I plan to get the elements from says the installation is really simple and that I don't have to go to a shop to do it - I will most likely take that option and DIY. Do you have any diagrams of the seat and electrical system?
 

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I got the Katzkins kit and had them installed at an upholstery shop in Tulsa. Since they did it I didn't get any paperwork with it.
 

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Beetlemania said:
I got the Katzkins kit and had them installed at an upholstery shop in Tulsa. Since they did it I didn't get any paperwork with it.
how much did it cost to get your seats redone?
 

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If I remember right, it was $1550 for the re-upholstering and heater installation. They didn't charge me extra for getting the leather colored. As they put it, "it's still the same amount of material."
 

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Before you spend all that money on reupholstering, you should know that the special stitching for the seam where the side airbag comes out can only be done by a special machine at the factory. It has a special stitch pattern and a special type of thread so that when the airbag deploys, it can rip through the seam. Good upholsterers will often refuse to reupholster airbag-equipped seats for safety and liability reasons. I was faced with this problem when I bought a pair of R32 seats for my NBC. They were black and the interior of my car is cream. I came up with a perfect solution--I just had the inserts reupholstered in cream, thus preserving the airbag stitching. Consequently, I had the back seat redone to match. It actually looks MUCH better than if I had had the whole seats done in cream.
 

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That really is a very nice looking seat. Well done!

As for the special stitching, the upholstery kit that I used is approved for use with the airbag. I haven't seen any of the aftermarket seats after an airbag deployment, but I understand that they're supposed to act just like factory.
 
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