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Old 12-30-2012, 07:59 PM   #11
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Good write up. Just finished this. The spot for the switches worked perfect. The plastic was thin enough that a good, sharp box knife worked fine to cut out the rectangle for my 5 position switches. I used solder for everything and ran the power up under the center console to stuff any extra wires into the void under there. It was an all day project because I was feeling lazy and would do 1 small part then eat and watch Mythbusters on Netflix, but it probably took me around 1 1/2 to 2 hours actual touch time. I did it very tediously and neatly. Heatshrinking everything, tucking everything, etc.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:53 AM   #12
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Is there a way to change the stock seats with ones from a wrecked car with heated seats?

That way you can get the switch as well?

Forgive me if it sounds stupid but I'm not a car guy. I just got one and wished I asked for heated seats and I was quoted 2500+ just to get them put in from the FORD dealer.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:41 AM   #13
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If you got the seats and switch the most wiring you might have to do is a fused power wire. I don't know if provisions exist but some things the car didn't come with are missing one side of the fuse terminal.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:05 AM   #14
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Would peeling down the leather seats to install the pads be difficult? Don't leather seats use a bunch of cable ties and hook rings that require the proper tools to reassemble (unless you want the seats to look sloppy).
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:39 AM   #15
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Is there a way to change the stock seats with ones from a wrecked car with heated seats?

That way you can get the switch as well?

Forgive me if it sounds stupid but I'm not a car guy. I just got one and wished I asked for heated seats and I was quoted 2500+ just to get them put in from the FORD dealer.
The set that I got came with switches that are pretty much exactly like the stock ones. I got mine on ebay and they work great.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:19 PM   #16
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Subbed. Wish someone could pull the part number for the OEM switches. I'm a OEM+ look kind of guy.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:50 PM   #17
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Great information. Heated seats is the only option I sort of regret not getting. Now I know how to take care of it. Thanks!
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Leather seats shouldn't be a problem, though I haven't looked at them personally. I've done this same sort of install on a 02 Nissan Altima with leather, and had to take the leather covers off my 04 RX8 to fix a broken wire. I didn't pull them all the way off, just took off the back/bottom so I could slide the pad in. Like stuffing an envelope.

As for the metal rings holding the leather on, you can replace them with heavy duty zip ties. I did this in my Altima and they were trouble free for the 4 years I had it.
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Leather seats shouldn't be a problem, though I haven't looked at them personally. I've done this same sort of install on a 02 Nissan Altima with leather, and had to take the leather covers off my 04 RX8 to fix a broken wire. I didn't pull them all the way off, just took off the back/bottom so I could slide the pad in. Like stuffing an envelope.

As for the metal rings holding the leather on, you can replace them with heavy duty zip ties. I did this in my Altima and they were trouble free for the 4 years I had it.
I guess that's one way to do it, but you can buy a metal ring kit that comes with the rings and a crimper.
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any issues with the passenger seat occupancy sensor? This is something I've wanted to do for a while now.
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