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Heated seats

Why does it look so strange to me, when someone discusses heated seats in a Caterham?

It's as if the two words just don't belong in the same sentence...

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The motorcyclists have heated jackets, I think heated seats could make a lot of sense.

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The idea has flashed through my mind, as I don't have a heater, but have Tillets and Tillet pads.  I was wondering how feasible it would be to fit some sort of heating element to a Tillet pad, with wiring going along the tunnel cover to the main-loom-cockpit-entry location under the dashboard.    

edit - fitting something like this to a Tillet pad.  I guess Oxted or similar could open up the pad and stich something like this into it.

https://bearmach.com/heated-seat-element-and-wiring-suitable-for-most-vehicel-seat-types-ba-2410r?glCountry=GB&glCurrency=GBP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8cH35J7O5wIVirHtCh3g-g44EAQYASABEgIf7vD_BwE

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After spending a fortune over the years on Georg Jensen jewellry, I bought senior management a heated waistcoat for the Seven, wired the supplied socket to the spare 12v supply behind the seats and fastened the cable to the hip belt.  She announced it was the best present I had ever bought her.    It has three heat settings, Low, Med and Max.

 

She calls her waistcoat Max. 

 

I must admit to borrowing it and the battery pack when working in the cold garage.

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I removed the heater when I fitted the Duratec which is fine for the driver as the footwell gets pretty warm and you have the exhaust pipe on your side but now the passenger gets cold. I often thought about heated motorcycle clothing or a heated seat but as the car only ever gets used for competition now it seems moot. If I ever go back to driving the car on the road regularly then I think it's a great solution and weighs a lot less thant a heater.

Lidl/Aldi often have cheap heated seat covers on sale so probably worth giving them a go to test before spending a load of money on a bespoke solution.

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I agree that if someone ever needed heated seats on a track day you would have to wonder about their driving style. But for the multi hour motorway drive to get to the circuit it makes more sense.

Or for relaxed touring in Switzerland where you cannot speed anyway it would be good not be able to crank up the heat as you got higher up the passes rather than stopping and putting on more clothes. It would also be as effective in an aeroscreened Seven where the normal heaters are essentially useless.

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Amazon have them from 9.95 but as I do not have a 12V socket I will let someone else try them out and report back.

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I think one likely problem with retro-fitting them to Tillet pads would be the very narrow central part of the pad.  I've seen one product that can be cut to length, but not width, so it might be harder to have a single heated element fitted, you might need on under your bum and one your back.  

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I've had a set of Tillet pads made with removeable heating pads. They are still sitting on the shelf waiting to be used. I might let them go if anyone is interested. 
 Otherwise, the chap who made them has offered to make others up if anyone is interested. 
 

cheers

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As part of refurbishing the leather seats last winter I fitted a heated seat kit.  The kit was less than £30 from ebay and easy to install given that I already had the seats apart and the scuttle off for some other work.

What a fantastic upgrade, I absolutely love them.  Makes a huge difference to upper body comfort where the heater really fails to have an effect.  

For a plug in solution my dad has a heated seat pad (from Aldi I think) that plugs in to the 12V socket and works really well.