Not sure if this is possible, but I would like to add heated seats to my
truck. It's a 2006 Power Wagon, but it's pretty much an SLT interior with
cloth seats. They didn't order the heated seats and I am not sure whether
that was because they were cloth seats or they just felt like not ordering
them. I've seen numerous 3rd party solutions, and may go with one of them,
but want to explore factory OEM options first.
Do the seats already have the heater installed and wiring in place and is it
just a matter of obtaining the dash switch?
(Reason I asked that is because I am adding UConnect and found out that all
the wiring is already in place. Just need to obtain the units (mirror and
unit behind the glove box). I kind of thought it may be the same issue with
the seats but not sure.)
If not, then would I need to just purchase the heat pad from Dodge or go
Would the after market pads work with the factory switches (factory switches
just fit in the opening in the dash)?
Or am I wasting my time?
You will have to check your truck for sure, but I doubt that the wiring is
already in place.
To go OEM at this point would be prohibitively expensive IMHO inless money
is no object. The Katzskins aftermarket heated covers are very nice and
MUCH less pricey. I don't know if the heaters are sold separately or not,
check with an vendor.
You can easily use the swicthes for an OEM look.
No, heated seats are NEVER a waste of time.... contrary to the opinion of
"others" in this group.
Thanks for the detailed response. I couldn't find any direct links for
places selling katzskins, but found many references mentioning them as a
After looking around a bit last night, I found a few places on heated seats,
but the one that stands out seems to be www.heatedseatkits.com, and
www.heatmyseats.com. I found specifically:
Dual Seat Deluxe Carbon Fiber Seat Heater Kit
They advertise an OEM version and a non-OEM. I guess what they mean by OEM
is the type of carbon heater they offer. But not sure if it will work with
the factory switches. It seems like they don't and not sure how to make them
work. Not sure what to get. What is nice is they offer a video on how to
I looked around my area and found one place that does seat upholstery, etc,
but they refuse to deal with heated seats. I haven't looked anywhere else
yet. I may order them and hire someone to do it for me since I've never had
any luck with seat cushions.
I heard Dodge and others don't offer heated seats with cloth seats. Would
you know if that's true and if so, why?
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I would think that the heating element would be responsible for distribution
and not the material. I thought about protection of the element as well, but
I would think leather and suede aren't much less pervious than cloth, unless
I'm way off base?
I don't know about previous years or other models but I know in the 2007
Dakota you can get heated cloth seats. I have to assume they are also
available on other 2007 Dodge trucks and cars as well. I would think the only
reason they didn't offer them in previous years was because cloth was the
'standard' choice whereas leather was the 'premium' selection. If you weren't
going to pay for the leather seats then you probably wouldn't want to pay for
the heated seat option either. Just my guess.
I don't think the heating element carries enough current to be a fire hazard
but I don't know that for sure. But I've had a cloth covered recliner in my
house with a heater in it for years. And it's frame is made out of wood!
Good luck with your project. Those heated seats are sure nice on the old hind
end during the cold spells.
Yes, they are nice and toasty on a cold day. After hunting around a bit, I
found a local place to do both seats for $420 with a 3 year warranty.
Figured the kits are about $300 or so for two seats, paying someone that can
do it in the fraction of the time I can is well worth the extra $120. Gong
to see what he wants to put the switch on the dash. He said they can't use
the factory switches. Darn...
Thanks for your help! :-)
Followup on the seats - Got them put in from an upholstery guy. He wanted to
mount the switches on the seat's power seat switch panel but I didn;t want
them there. I wanted them on the dash. To the left and right of the heater
controls is an open area in the silver area. The switches need a 20mm hole
saw. I thought that would be the best place and would look OEM.
However he didn't know how to take the dash apart to pull the center piece
(the part with the heater controls) off so to drill the holes. I thought to
pull the panel around the GPS nav unit and it would expose the screws for
it, but didn't know how to do that either. WTF, what an ordeal. I should
have went somewhere else. Now I have to get someone else to complete it
unless someone here knows how to get the panel off. Currently got the two
switches hanging out the center console. Oh well...
Thanks, Tom. I figured it out after the fact. The way this truck is, you
have to take apart the center console to take the backing trim plate out
that covers those two screws. I was hoping for a differnet or easier
solution, but I talked to one of the techs at the dealer who is familiar
with my truck and he said that's the only way to get it apart. I had him put
in the UConnect for me (which I posted about in another post). I asked him
to drill two holes into the top of that plate so I can access the bezel
screws directly without having to take apart that whole mess again.
As for the seat heater switches, there is no room in those spots because
they are taken up by mount screws for the actual pieces mounted into the
bezel. I may just rip out these heaters and get the other ones before I do
any more drilling.
Dammit.... they went stupid again. I was pleasantly surprised that the
dash in my '03 was about the easiest one to work on that I'd seen/owned. It
sounds like they hired a Ford designer for the newer trucks.... idiots.
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