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  • Heated Drivers Seat Install

    Finally got the heated drivers seat installed in my '97 190 and figured I would post a little how to for anyone that might want to do the install. Overall the project took me about 3 hours and cost a total of $110.

    These are the heaters I purchased http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/pedecafiunhe.html I was able to get them direct from the manufacturer off of Ebay for $75.

    Here are a couple of photos of the heated seat kit. They have carbon fiber elements and are waterproof. High and Low heat settings with a lighted switch.

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    Last edited by BrianM; 11-09-2006, 10:09 PM.
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    1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy



  • #2
    Here is a close up of one of the pads.
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    1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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    • #3
      Now I had to remove the hundreds of staples that hold the skins to the seat backs. This took a total of about 1 1/2 hours do do. Had to be carefull not not tear the vinyl.

      This is the seatback
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      1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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      • #4
        And now to peal back the vinyl so that I could install the heater elements.
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        1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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        • #5
          Now put the element in using the double sided tape supplied with the kit to keep the element in place while recovering.
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          1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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          • #6
            Do the same for the seat bottom cushion. This required a little more dismantling since there were four seperate pieces of foam and the vinyl had flaps in order to keep the contours tight. I also had to trim the heater element to length.
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            Last edited by BrianM; 11-09-2006, 06:02 PM.
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            1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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            • #7
              In order to get the wire for the element out of the seatback at the proper location I had to drill a hole in the back for the wire to pass through. there was an existing hole on the seat cushion that I used.
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              Last edited by BrianM; 11-09-2006, 06:03 PM.
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              1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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              • #8
                Here I cut out a little piece of foam so the wire would sit flush and not show through the vinyl.
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                1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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                • #9
                  Now to re-attach the skins to the backs. I cheated a little here and had an upholstery shop do this for me. The black plastic that makes up the seat base is impossible to staple into without a neumatic stapler. I paid the guy $30 to restaple with stainless staples. Worth it since I didn't have the proper tool. If you have an older boat with wood bases you could easily do this yourself.
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                  1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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                  • #10
                    Now put the cushions in the seat frame and route the wires so that the seat can still slide to its full back position. You will hide these wires later.
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                    Last edited by BrianM; 11-09-2006, 06:04 PM.
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                    1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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                    • #11
                      Time to find a location for the switch and get out the drill The switch requires a 7/8" hole to mount. I decided to put mine in front of the throttle right up next to the dash.

                      Place some tape over the area to help prevent chipping and run the drill in reverse. I used a unibit which worked great with no chipping.
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                      1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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                      • #12
                        Now that the hole is drilled time to hope it was in the right place and remove the tape.
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                        1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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                        • #13
                          Clean up any rough edges with a little medium sand paper and sand a little bevel to keep the gel from getting any spider cracks.
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                          1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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                          • #14
                            Time to run the wires and find some power. I decided to tap the always hot power that runs to the auxillary power outlet/lighter on the dash. This way I can run the seats when the boat is off waiting to change skiers or by the dock. Just have to remember to turn them off when putting the boat away. This required removing four screws and pulling out the panel that holds the ignition, outlet, blower and bilge switches.
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                            Last edited by BrianM; 11-09-2006, 06:22 PM.
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                            1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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                            • #15
                              After you find the hot and a ground time to make the connections. The outlet has a breaker and there is also an inline fuse for the heated seats. There was a free ground post that I was able to use also.
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                              1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy


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