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post #1 of 5 Old 01-09-2011, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Check Corp Heated Seat Install in a 2011

I finally got a day in a warm garage to install the heated seats my wife got for her Jeep for Christmas.

She got the Check Corporation seats from Quadratec:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/14159_101.htm






I had read some other posts about installing heated seats in <=2010 JK Wranglers, and folks talked about hog rings holding the seat covers on, but in the 2011, it's only plastic channels.

I decided to take the seats out and also took the back off the base... I doubt you could do the install with the seat still in the Jeep like some folks reported in the <=2010 posts. Also, the 18mm bolts were TIGHT. Luckily I had access to in impact wrench. But previously, I did my rear seat recline mod with just a breaker bar, so I think the front seat could be done with some muscle too.

I was a real PITA to shimmy the heater pads up under the seat bottom, but not as bad for the seat back. It seemed to work best to peel back the sticky backing back a few inches at the end and lay it back down. This made it easier to pull the paper back and out once you have the pad in place. Not a lot of room under the seat cover for your hands and the heating element pads.

Here you can see the back wire come down from the right (seat belt side) and the bottom wire coming through cushion (there's already a hole through the cushion).




Now you basically have to take the whole dash apart to tap into the cigar lighter.



First, pop off the lower panel with the net below the HVAC controls. It pops off from the top and is slotted into the bottom. I used a thin putty knife with masking tape wrapped around it to pop it loose.

Second, pop off the panel below the steering wheel. This one also pops off from the top and is slotted into the bottom. Tilt the steering wheel all the way up for more clearance.

Third, pop out the power window switches. Again, I used the putty knife sliding it into the bottom edge. Then unplug the switches from the harness.

Forth, take out the rubber tray in the upper dash.

Now, remove four 7mm screws. Two on either side of the steering wheel. One in the upper dash tray, and one in the hole where the power window switches were.









Now tilt the steering wheel down, and grab the dash up by the windshield and pull it back. The whole panel will unsnap.


Next grab the HVAC panel and pull it back from the top. It will pop off. Then unplug all the connectors on the back of it.


Lastly, pop off the top of the center console. First, grab the shift knobs and pull them straight off. I found it convenient to sit on the center arm rest since the seats are out. I pulled the 4WD lever back for a better angle.

I forgot to take a pic of the console section, but here's one from another thread.

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I chose to mount the Controller Unit on passenger side transmission tunnel under the carpet using some velcro. There were some warning stickers on the tunnel that I couldn't quite make out, but it might mean that area gets hot? I hope this location works ok in the long run because the harness that taps into the cigar lighter isn't long enough to go much of anywhere else.




I decided to put the switches on the angled lower edge of the HVAC panel. I thought this was inconspicuous and still within easy reach. I used a Dremel to make the holes. I had to bend the switch terminals a little bit so the harness would mate up. I routed the switch harnesses up the passenger side kick panel along with the harness to the cigar lighter. I bit of a tight fit, but not too bad.




That's about it, just install the extension harnesses that go from the Controller Unit to the seats (I snaked driver's side under the center console just in front of the cup holders), install everything in reverse order, and enjoy some toasty buns and lower back. :-)
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Thanks for the great write up especially the pictures....the dash removal seems easy enough.

Enjoy your heated seats!

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nice install

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I had read some other posts about installing heated seats in <=2010 JK Wranglers, and folks talked about hog rings holding the seat covers on, but in the 2011, it's only plastic channels.
Thanks for writing this up, it was very helpful when I installed these in my rig. However, this statement about hog rings is not completely accurate.

For reference to future installers, I have a 2011 JK with leather seats and there are hog rings holding down the leather seat covers to the foam. I simply used heavy duty zip ties to replace them, it has worked great so far.

2011 2-door Mojave edition
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