Heated seats

Honker does not have good thermal insulation and in winter, especially if kept outside in the interior, frost quickly sets in.

One way to improve driver comfort may be to install heated mats in the factory seats.

Universal kits are available at decent prices on popular auction sites.

A set of universal heated mats - including wires, buttons and relays.
A set of universal heated mats - including wires, buttons and relays.

In the case of the modified car, the mats in the seats were installed when the upholstery was changed to cordura. However, in the case of factory honker seats, it is not a problem to remove the upholstery itself, and after gluing the mats (stickers are included) put the whole thing together.

Seats after a visit to the upholsterer, already with mats installed. There are connection spurs coming out at the bottom, not visible in the photo.
Seats after a visit to the upholsterer, already with mats installed. There are connection spurs coming out at the bottom, not visible in the photo.

The most trouble is to do the electrical installation. To do this, we need to have the seats with stands removed from the car and the bottom of the dashboard dismantled. The installation involves connecting the wires to the + of the battery and the minus to ground - the place of connection is, of course, a matter of choice for the car owner - in the described vehicle a second battery is installed and the installation was connected to it. It goes without saying that such a connection must be made using a fuse!!!

In the case of the described car, a second battery is installed, connected to the main one with a special separator. At the second battery in the caisson under the bench there is an additional fuse box, to which the heated mats were connected.
In the case of the described car, a second battery is installed, connected to the main one with a special separator. At the second battery in the caisson under the bench there is an additional fuse box, to which the heated mats were connected.

The next step is to distribute the electrical system in the cabin. It is necessary to choose a convenient place for the installation of the control buttons, as well as to route the wires for connecting the individual seats - these should be located in the floor under the seats and have sufficient "slack" to allow free movement of the seats.

Visible place where the harnesses for connecting the seats were brought out.
Visible place where the harnesses for connecting the seats were brought out.
The location of the seat heating control buttons is marked - due to the universality of the kit, everyone can choose the mounting location that suits them.
The location of the seat heating control buttons is marked - due to the universality of the set, everyone can choose the mounting location that suits them.

Once the installation is done like this, we are left to enjoy working heated seats.

Activated seat heating recorded by thermal imaging camera.
Activated seat heating recorded by thermal imaging camera.

elami 🙂

 

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