Aftermarket Heated Seat Installation

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Hey all, tried to document the steps I took to install aftermarket heated seats in my 18 JLU Sahara. Was a bit nervous of ruining the leather or what not, but it wasn't that bad of a job. It's not a bad job, and most should be able to accomplish this with only minor cursing and some scrapes on their hands from getting INTO the seat to take out the existing hooks and put new ones in.





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Hey all, tried to document the steps I took to install aftermarket heated seats in my 18 JLU Sahara. Was a bit nervous of ruining the leather or what not, but it wasn't that bad of a job. It's not a bad job, and most should be able to accomplish this with only minor cursing and some scrapes on their hands from getting INTO the seat to take out the existing hooks and put new ones in.
seem like it was a lot of work. How long did it take you? They working well?
 

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Great write up, this would be one of those things I buy and never install.
 

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Thank you for this information, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for heated seats for the back seat and was looking for examples.
 

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Excellent write up! I've been considering this for a while now.

Thank you for posting.
 

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Hey all, tried to document the steps I took to install aftermarket heated seats in my 18 JLU Sahara. Was a bit nervous of ruining the leather or what not, but it wasn't that bad of a job. It's not a bad job, and most should be able to accomplish this with only minor cursing and some scrapes on their hands from getting INTO the seat to take out the existing hooks and put new ones in.
Oddly, I am looking at your install after I did it, but I ended up putting my switches in the same place. I hard originally decided to use the storage space area where the AUX switches go, but got a good deal on the AUX switches and put them in at the same time. I wanted to make sure the switches did not reflect in the front or side windows so at the front on the side of the console was perfect. I drilled the drivers one a tiny bit low and the switch rear hit something so is off by a 1/16 of an inch, but only I notice that. Great detail.
One goal I had was to make sure the seats always started off and this took me a while to find a kit that had that.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
Nice details on your instructions. My takeaways from the install:
1. pay very good attention to the parts as you take them apart on the seat, especially the sides of the lower cushion that cover the metal area, seemed very obvious when I took them off, but had to look at the second seat when putting them back together.
2. When you get your kit, check out the whole size needed as mine was metric and had to order a drill bit, which I didn't realize til I had it apart.
I pulled power off the lighter for low power switch items, but ran one from the battery with a fuse to power the seats.
3. If you are pulling wires from the batter, pull an extra to use to pull anything else you might need in the future. Also consider doing other items at the same time, like the aux switch.
4. Be very careful with the Airbag wire from the bottom to the top when you separate to add a heating element into the top seat back.
Weirdly the arbag warning light refused to go off, after I installed mine. Just got back from the dealer and it was unrelated as a wire to some sensor up front was shorted out. Weird timing as worked before I started on the seats.
Wife loves the heat out of the kit I got and i can now have the Jeep at arctic level temps I like
 

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Thanks for your write up on the install. I did mine today. I put my switches up on the front side since it was easy to pop off. It took me about 3 hours as well.

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Update, put this RC switch panel in, and swapped my seats in for 1 & 6.
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Update, put this RC switch panel in, and swapped my seats in for 1 & 6.
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I had aftermarket leather heated seats installed and they shop put the switch in a horrible spot. After seeing this I’ve ordered the rc6 switch. How hard was it to pop off button one and six?
 
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I had aftermarket leather heated seats installed and they shop put the switch in a horrible spot. After seeing this I’ve ordered the rc6 switch. How hard was it to pop off button one and six?
Super simple. And I love having my compressor, rock lights, and eventually my lockers nice and orderly.
 

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Hey all, tried to document the steps I took to install aftermarket heated seats in my 18 JLU Sahara. Was a bit nervous of ruining the leather or what not, but it wasn't that bad of a job. It's not a bad job, and most should be able to accomplish this with only minor cursing and some scrapes on their hands from getting INTO the seat to take out the existing hooks and put new ones in.
Thank you for this!
 

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I put the switches for my aftermarket Corbeau seat heaters in the recessed area that would have been occupied by the power window switches (which my base Sport does not have).

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