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    Master Mechanic zigger215's Avatar
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    My truck is the exact same as an avalanche, I'm fully loaded, heated seats etc. did em all. I removed the tint on the buttons and with the cluster I just overlayed an aftermarket gauge cover (Cadillac version). Everything else was a swob and alcohol. Along with some adhesive remover solution.

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    You did the same with the window controls as well?

    1996 Chevy Tahoe LT 5.7L V8 4X4 205,000+ miles. Built proudly at Janesville Assembly in Janesville, Wisconsin
    Basic mods: Lights all over, bunch of electrical work, and a couple cooling mods.

    Check out my other mods in My Garage: http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...t-Tahoe-4-Door

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    Yep! Spoiler alert though, the heated seat switches are very shallow, so shallow that even a rivet style LED was too big so I had to drill a hole big enough for the rivet LED and actually attach the LED through the back part of the housing. Next time my door is off I'll take a pic, that particular switch lost its factory look when pulled out...

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    Well I wont have to worry about that my 96' doesn't have heated seats.

    1996 Chevy Tahoe LT 5.7L V8 4X4 205,000+ miles. Built proudly at Janesville Assembly in Janesville, Wisconsin
    Basic mods: Lights all over, bunch of electrical work, and a couple cooling mods.

    Check out my other mods in My Garage: http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...t-Tahoe-4-Door

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conlan Rose View Post
    Well I wont have to worry about that my 96' doesn't have heated seats.
    Sounds like a mod you need to do. And @pmf608 knows how to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurrealOne View Post
    Sounds like a mod you need to do. And @pmf608 knows how to do it.
    I know I have always kept my eye out when people post about the mod, I'm just worried about pulling my upholstery apart.

    1996 Chevy Tahoe LT 5.7L V8 4X4 205,000+ miles. Built proudly at Janesville Assembly in Janesville, Wisconsin
    Basic mods: Lights all over, bunch of electrical work, and a couple cooling mods.

    Check out my other mods in My Garage: http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...t-Tahoe-4-Door

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conlan Rose View Post
    I know I have always kept my eye out when people post about the mod, I'm just worried about pulling my upholstery apart.
    I was always skeptical too, but I knew that GM just used plastic tabs around the edges and I'd heard velcro on the inside. (The plastic tab always seems to come undone on the front of the passenger seat (3 different styles and fabrics of seats in GMT800 trucks). Anyway, If you were to buy a kit that uses a carbon fibre pad, you can trim it super easily to any shape, and most kits give you 2 stages. If you're cheap like me though, you can get a decent set of used heaters from pretty much any vehicle and set them up for single stage use like I am for the back. I chose to use a Focus because they have single stage heated seats from the factory, so I know the pads won't get uncomfortably hot at full power.

    Wow, that ended up being a long post... bottom line though is that it's pretty easy to take the upholstery off and put it back together nicely on these trucks, so I expect mine to be done and functional this weekend (with a temporary switch panel. The custom one to replace the rear radio controls will take some time like the one for my overhead console did.)

    2001 Silverado Reg. Cab Not-So-Base -- SOLD
    2003 Avalanche Z71. No Cladding. Check out my Mod thread.
    1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 - Work in Progress
    2003 Sierra 3500 Duramax. The Newer, Better Work Truck


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    @pmf608,
    Mind PM'ing me some details/thoughts soas to avoid derailing this thread any more than we already have? I'm interested in your thoughts as to how to go about heating the rear bench seat of a NBS extended cab like my own. The fact that the back and the rear bench, itself, are separate pieces means heating the back and bottom of the seat could pose an interesting challenge. I'm also curious what you tapped for power and the amperages involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurrealOne View Post
    @pmf608,
    Mind PM'ing me some details/thoughts soas to avoid derailing this thread any more than we already have? I'm interested in your thoughts as to how to go about heating the rear bench seat of a NBS extended cab like my own. The fact that the back and the rear bench, itself, are separate pieces means heating the back and bottom of the seat could pose an interesting challenge. I'm also curious what you tapped for power and the amperages involved.
    It would be nice if he did a writeup with pics in a separate thread. That way many could benefit from his mod.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors, http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...5-GMC-Yukon-XL
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikey View Post
    It would be nice if he did a writeup with pics in a separate thread. That way many could benefit from his mod.
    This will be my last post on this in this thread, but if I can get my camera to work properly, I will take pictures of the process and do a write-up. I will also mention anyone who has expressed interest in the write-up so that you guys don't miss it. As far as wiring the separate parts, the bottom and back pads are separate, so you would just run wire in split-loom and leave enough slack for the movement of each part. Since the bottom of the Avalanche seat is hinged at the front and folds forward, and the back also folds down, I will have to leave enough slack in the wiring for both parts of each side to fold forward. Anyway, more on that once I get to the write-up

    2001 Silverado Reg. Cab Not-So-Base -- SOLD
    2003 Avalanche Z71. No Cladding. Check out my Mod thread.
    1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 - Work in Progress
    2003 Sierra 3500 Duramax. The Newer, Better Work Truck


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