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Old 02-05-2019, 11:46 AM
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I'm planning on installing heated seats in my '85. I'll do a full writeup as I've not seen anything on this topic that really explained it well enough for me, and I think it's a neat mod idea. For now, I'm in the planning stages of the project and wondering where the best place to get power for the seats will be. Each seat needs 10A of power. Any suggestions on where to pull that from? Thanks!
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I am redoing the seats in my 85. Have new foam and covers. I was thinking of doing the same, putting in seat warmers. My concern is not so much where to power them (just going to run a new line to the fuse box while the interior is out. I am worried about the folds in the heating pad created by the deep seams in my sport seats. If I did not have the interior out I would power them up on the cigarette lighter line. You would just have to remember to turn the seat heaters off since that is always hot.
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Does the 85 had the option for electric seats? I know mine had only the Driver's side so I found the harness and plugged in the passenger side. Now I have full power. If it did have the option, maybe the harness is there and you can tap into that?
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Both good suggestions. I have power driver seat but not passenger. Hookup might still be there? I'll check.,
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In my '88 the 30A Power Accessory circuit breaker drives both seats and the door locks.

Seems like you could pull 20A (10A for each heater) from here so long as you weren't moving the seats as they warmed up.
Problem is that circuit is "Hot All the Time".
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In my '88 the 30A Power Accessory circuit breaker drives both seats and the door locks.

Seems like you could pull 20A (10A for each heater) from here so long as you weren't moving the seats as they warmed up.
Problem is that circuit is "Hot All the Time".
What I may do is get a relay that can handle the seats, use POWER from the power accessory circuit and then switch the relay off of a small ignition circuit (like the radio). That way they get the power they need without worrying about destroying the battery.
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Both good suggestions. I have power driver seat but not passenger. Hookup might still be there? I'll check.,
Mine was
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Mine was
Can you describe where it was so I can look?
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What I may do is get a relay that can handle the seats, use POWER from the power accessory circuit and then switch the relay off of a small ignition circuit (like the radio). That way they get the power they need without worrying about destroying the battery.
Wise move. I would have the heated seats wired so they can only work when the key is on. And actually I would also possibly use a switch that lights up when it is in use so you know it is on.

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Originally Posted by Bfenty View Post
Can you describe where it was so I can look?
Sorry I forgot. Mine was there because I have the harness from the switch.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/90-91-Corve...!-1:rk:20:pf:0

See picture 4? There is a crossover. I suspect that is power. One of those lines going to the circuit must be power and the 3 wires are the bridge

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Sorry I forgot. Mine was there because I have the harness from the switch.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/90-91-Corve...!-1:rk:20:pf:0

See picture 4? There is a crossover. I suspect that is power. One of those lines going to the circuit must be power and the 3 wires are the bridge
Thanks. that can help get me started, anyway.

Was the hookup under the seat when you took it out?
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Thanks. that can help get me started, anyway.

Was the hookup under the seat when you took it out?
If you have the switch, it would be under the carpet and sticking up where the seat track is.
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If you have the switch, it would be under the carpet and sticking up where the seat track is.
I only have the power on the driver seat not the passenger.
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Originally Posted by Bfenty View Post
I only have the power on the driver seat not the passenger.
Looking at the picture, I did not either but if you buy the right side switch, it will cross over so you can tap into the positive. I got the whole thing and out my left switch on the shelf
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Got the passenger seat pads installed. Want that bad. I didn't completely remove the leather because I didn't need to and figured no reason to take more off than necessary. I used zip ties to put it back together. They seem to work pretty well, I suppose time will tell. I still have to put everything back in the car and do the wiring. I'll try to remember to take pictures as I go.
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My before photo

After with the pigtail coming out

The seat back. I only took about 3/4 of it off to add the heating element

The pad installed under the leather.
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Been on a bit of a roll with this project. Got the cushions buttoned back up, and the wiring done as well. I'll redo the wiring later as I mostly just wanted to see if it all worked, and thus used an add-a-fuse running out of the fusebox and under the door trim to provide power. I grounded it at the bolt on the passenger door just in front of the trim.

I added the switch to the seat itself by drilling a hole in the bottom of the seat in the middle. It allows enough clearance for the switch while also keeping the switch out of sight (so it still looks stock) and away from accidentally bumping it. For now, it's on a circuit that will run without the key in the ignition, and thus there's a real danger of draining the battery if the switch is left on. I want to change that in the future by using something that is only on with ignition. For now, though-the passenger seat has heat! I'll work on the driver's side soon. Does anyone know if I might run into problems with the lumbar support airbags on the driver's side? The passenger seat doesn't have those.
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Hole for the switch

I put it out of the way under the front of the seat

I love these round switches they're easy to install with a 3/4 in bit

Installed

In the car
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Default looks awesome!

i tend to push my driving season here in canada. this would make a great addition to my shoulder season
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i tend to push my driving season here in canada. this would make a great addition to my shoulder season
Thanks! Yeah I think you're absolutely right there. I've had them in past cars and really miss them, as did my wife. Once I get the Vette back on the road I think I'll do my DD as well.
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