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Unread 10-29-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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Heated Seat Kit 2008-10 Good in 11-12?

Is there any reason that the heated seat upgrade kit for KK's marked 2008-2010 won't work in a 2011-2012?

Part # 82210854

http://www.jeep4x4center.com/heated-...-82210854.html

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Unread 11-19-2012, 07:08 AM   #2
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I just got this kit to install in my '08 over Thanksgiving. The kit is completely self contained and has its own buttons/controls. I can't imagine why it wouldn't work in a '12, as long as the power outlet wiring behind the center dash panel is the same. It splices into the Mopar wiring pigtail there. It should be plug & play. Even if the pigtail is different (unlikely), you could manually splice the wires to make it work.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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I just got this kit to install in my '08 over Thanksgiving. The kit is completely self contained and has its own buttons/controls. I can't imagine why it wouldn't work in a '12, as long as the power outlet wiring behind the center dash panel is the same. It splices into the Mopar wiring pigtail there. It should be plug & play. Even if the pigtail is different (unlikely), you could manually splice the wires to make it work.
Thanks Howard, I suspected there was no rational reason it would not work. Dealer told me not to try it, but now I'm thinking I can always try it, and if it doesnt work sell it open box on ebay.

Thanks again!
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Unread 12-02-2012, 06:50 AM   #4
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I can give you a bit of feedback on the kit. I spent one afternoon on it during the Thanksgiving weekend and got about halfway through the install. Taking the seats apart to put the heating elements in is a real pain! Not impossible, just wears you out and tries your patience. The trick is not to break any of the plastic trim pieces, but you need to apply a lot of force and finesse to release certain parts. The Mopar instructions are not that great because they don't tell you where the hidden fasteners are that you need to release. Be sure you get hog ring pliers to re-install the upholstery. They help a lot! I have the passenger's seat wired up, and will install everything on the driver's seat the next free weekend I have. Let me know if you have any questions during your install. I will have figured out the answers by trial and error already, as the Mopar instructions really don't help!
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Unread 12-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #5
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I can give you a bit of feedback on the kit. I spent one afternoon on it during the Thanksgiving weekend and got about halfway through the install. Taking the seats apart to put the heating elements in is a real pain! Not impossible, just wears you out and tries your patience. The trick is not to break any of the plastic trim pieces, but you need to apply a lot of force and finesse to release certain parts. The Mopar instructions are not that great because they don't tell you where the hidden fasteners are that you need to release. Be sure you get hog ring pliers to re-install the upholstery. They help a lot! I have the passenger's seat wired up, and will install everything on the driver's seat the next free weekend I have. Let me know if you have any questions during your install. I will have figured out the answers by trial and error already, as the Mopar instructions really don't help!
Howard, is it true that the heated seat buttons are different than those in a pre-installed liberty, and that instead of being two large buttons on the console stack under HVAC controls, they are smaller buttons which can be applied below the shifter on the center console?
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Unread 12-03-2012, 04:26 PM   #6
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You're right about the buttons. The whole kit is self contained so the only thing it needs is power. There is no connection to the Jeep's computer brain, for lack of a better term. That's why it shouldn't matter which year of KK you have.

Here is a photo of some of the connectors. I included the power cable, which splices into the power outlet pigtail, the push buttons, and the "box" that all the wires plug into (that lives under the center console).
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Unread 12-03-2012, 09:11 PM   #7
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Thanks again, Howard. I hope your install goes well, you'll have to let us know how the performance is. It looks like a great kit, I may have to dive in soon.
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