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Old 12-05-2011, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aftermarket seat heater instalation help

Hello Forum, I bought the universal seat heaters for my solstice recently & i am currently trying to find the best places to install the actual buttons, and where to wire them into to the car. Any knowledge on this, or how you installed them is welcomed.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is tons on this in the fora if you search... but one of the forum members, odiaz, has put together a pretty comprehensive how-to, including at least three variations on button placement. See his compendium write-up at: http://www.cherod.com/solstice/HowTos/HeatedSeats.htm
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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TS is right. That is the same thread I used to install mine without a hitch. I did choose a different switch location though that required no drilling. I ordered the membrane switches and placed them on the center tunnel. I will try to get a picture up later of the actual location. But suffice it to say, adding heated seats to my Sol before moving to Germany was one of the smartest things I've done yet.

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Old 12-06-2011, 10:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I installed the heating pads in my seats back in May but never have gotten around to completing my install. The thought of drilling a hole in the dash really scares me, I guess.
I was thinking of putting my switch just below the 'power' plug (shown in Maddog's pic above). This would be just to the left of the shifter. Anybody know if there's room under that area for the switch?

Temps are in the 30's now. When they get below 20 I'll be sorry I procrastinated!!
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I was thinking of putting my switch just below the 'power' plug (shown in Maddog's pic above). This would be just to the left of the shifter. Anybody know if there's room under that area for the switch?
Not by default, no. There's a pressed steel support bracket right behind the plastic. It may be that you can cut a hole in that steel piece, but the other issue is that that area of the dash is heavily curved and your switch won't lie flat anyway.
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where did you find the seat kits with the membrane switches?
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hello Forum, I bought the universal seat heaters for my solstice recently & i am currently trying to find the best places to install the actual buttons, and where to wire them into to the car. Any knowledge on this, or how you installed them is welcomed.
Bun warmers in Dallas? I thought about installing them too, but I'm not sure if it would be worth it her in GA.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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where did you find the seat kits with the membrane switches?
Link to the kit I installed is below:

Custom Fit Heated or Massage Seat Kit - PFYC.com
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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thanks Maddog. I found it. How do the membrane switches mount without drilling holes? I like the idea of them being on the side of the console where they can be seen and easily reached.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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thanks Maddog. I found it. How do the membrane switches mount without drilling holes? I like the idea of them being on the side of the console where they can be seen and easily reached.
It is double sided tape. It seems like pretty good stuff. Just make sure that you clean the mounting spot really well. I went through a bit og sitting and looking before I picked that spot. For example, I ride with my elbow on the center "arm rest" (in quotes because there is nothing restful about the stock arem rest) and the fingers of my right hand in the shifter well (usually playing with the leather waiting to shift). If you look at the picture, you will see that the switch is right where my thumb would be. Easy peezy. So, it's comfortable and no hunting for the button. And it's inobtrusive.

But as with every other mod, it is a matter of personal taste and what you want. That's why we do these little mods, right? To get it just how we want, not someone else.

Oh, forgot to mention the other reason I chose that spot, the ribbon cable that comes out of the bottom of the switch tucks under the trim very nicely right there.
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I installed the pads, now need to power them. Comes with 2 10 amp fuse holders. Can only find 10 amp add a circuit, not a 20 amp. Did you wire them separately? Use a 10 amp holder and 20 amp fuse? Which location? I have already used 20 and 21.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hey All,

I did this upgrade and I absolutely love them... I use them all the time and could never own a car without them. I was surprised how easy the install was. First, with regards to the fuse questions, while it did come with 2 10 amp fuse holders, I used neither. I purchased an "Add-A-Fuse", which are designed to be used with a fuse no larger than 10A. That is perfect, because after doing my research, I found that when set to high, each use less than 5 amps. I have had both running on high at the same time, with one 10A fuse, and have had no problems.

Second, as far as button placement, there are several locations demonstrated on this site. That said, I wasn't happy with any of them (as there was no way I had the courage to drill into my dash), so I came up with a unique solution... I believe my sol is the only one in existence with the switches located here... Let me know what you think. It turned out to be the perfect spot, with perfect clearance behind on each side. Sure, I need to take my right arm and reach over my chest to push the driver button, but hey, for a guy who is 6'5", even rolling down the windows (or should I say... pushing the power window button) takes an act of a contortionist in these cars

The standard switches...


What it looks like behind the switch for anyone who may be wondering how deep they are...


The hole I drilled...


And the final product, in the same location on the drivers side as well...


I'm very glad I decided on installing the switches in that location. Anyone who has ridden in my Sol in the cold has told me they can't believe that the car didn't come that way (I know it wouldn't be a normal factory location for a switch, but it fits so well there that it actually looks stock).

On my daily driver, I installed the switches exactly where MadDog put his... This is the passenger side, but the driver side is identical.

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Old 12-16-2014, 11:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Nice SOLution. I need seat coolers.
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I like the buttons on the center console. That's a good spot where SD has his but I have fosgate dome tweeter there .
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