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Heated seats installation


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I want to introduce myself. I have been reading the many informative posts here for over a year now and thought I'd say hello. I am used to wotking on the air cooled P cars for many years and I have come to the conclusion that the water cooled P cars are not all that diffenent. Just have to work through it one thing at a time. Only thing that is different is the use of a durmetric cable to read the codes and there are a whole lot more electrical gizmos. Since I have been reading almost all of the posts I feel confident that I can do most of the work with the help of this group. For that I thank you all. World of knowledge on this forum and I hope I can contribute something worth while some day.

My question is as the title hints...

I have a 2005 996 turbo S that does not have heated seats and was wondering how much work is it to install factory heated seats inserts into the existing seat? Is it as simple as buying the heat pads, dash switches and relays? I'm guessing that the car is already wired and has the plugs in place and I was hopeful it would be plug and play. Has anyone done this upgrade? I would rather do the same as factory and not do the aftermarket install. Any thoughts?

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Adding the elements is quite easy and going aftermarket w own wiring and relay is best. There are pads where you can cut holes and trim to fit the seat cushions. I used zip ties when reassembling where the hog rings were.

I will shoot you a PM of my instructions.

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I getting ready to add heated seats on a client's 996. I recently priced it out using the parts search on this site and the list price was approximately $850 not counting the needed wire. I was using Dennis Vogels' material list and was going to place the order through Sunset.

The hardest part of the seat upholster is the bottom seat as you have to remove the cushion from the frame and then replace the old pad with the heated pad. The pad on the back rest is easy enough. The reason I know is I just re-upholstered my 986 seats and they came with factory heated seats.

Check with Sunset for a better price! PRESS HERE for a one-time 15% off Winter Coupon.

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