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Has anyone added one of these aftermarket heated pads under their upholstery to heat the seat?

Less than $100 online.....

Just wondering if they are worth while.

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It might be more cost effective (and better) to purchase a GT heated seat. No fuss. No hassle. Easily ordered from your dealer. It is a direct fit. Not only is it heated (front and passenger), but it is more comfortable than the stock RS seat.

I have one on my RS, and it is great. I simply hooked it up so that it just plugs into the powerlet outlet with an inline switch and inline fuse. Of course, you can hardwire it and install a switch somewhere near the cockpit.

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Agree with Kurgan, GT seat is the way to go. I did the same on my RS. I searched patiently until I found a GT handlebar cluster from BeemerBoneyard with the stock seat switch. Install was easy enough once I got the tupperware off to run the wires. There is only a 2 wire difference between the RS and GT handlebar clusters. If that's an option for you let me know, I'll look for the wiring diagram I wrote down. Not sure if I know where it is though.
 

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I guess I will buck the trend. I didnt care for the seat of my GT. I prefer the RS seat over the GT for the firmness. However if I were replacing a seat there is no way I would be buying a stock BMW seat. The aftermarket offers much comfier seats and most will put in a heating element. As for 100 dollars for a heating element by itself? LOL, no way. Go to McMaster Carr if you want to see what those things are really worth.
 

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I guess I will buck the trend. I didnt care for the seat of my GT. I prefer the RS seat over the GT for the firmness. However if I were replacing a seat there is no way I would be buying a stock BMW seat. The aftermarket offers much comfier seats and most will put in a heating element. As for 100 dollars for a heating element by itself? LOL, no way. Go to McMaster Carr if you want to see what those things are really worth.
And McMaster Carr is notoriously over priced as well. Even Russell only charges $60 for em when you get a seat made (assuming you don't have one like I did).
 

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cali_beemer said:
I guess I will buck the trend. I didnt care for the seat of my GT. I prefer the RS seat over the GT for the firmness. However if I were replacing a seat there is no way I would be buying a stock BMW seat. The aftermarket offers much comfier seats and most will put in a heating element. As for 100 dollars for a heating element by itself? LOL, no way. Go to McMaster Carr if you want to see what those things are really worth.
I suppose comfort is all relative. Seat comfort is also a factor of how heavy you are. Weighing in at 175lbs, I find the GT seat firm enough. If you're a heavy weight, you might find the GT seat doesn't provide enough support.

I've tried many aftermarket seats over the years. My conclusion is that there's not always a big difference in comfort, and you definitely have to pay though the teeth for a custom seat. The GT seat is a bargain in comparison and really works.
 

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With this set-up, I simply swing my left arm over to switch it on/off. This set-up is much like heated clothing, which plugs into the powerlet socket. I wired it so that "ON" is high heat. It would be more convenient to install a switch near the handlebars, or add a GT switch housing, but I didn't really want to mess with the stock wiring harness. When the warmer months come, I simply tuck the seat plug assembly under the seat.
 

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Kurgan said:
I suppose comfort is all relative. Seat comfort is also a factor of how heavy you are. Weighing in at 175lbs, I find the GT seat firm enough. If you're a heavy weight, you might find the GT seat doesn't provide enough support.

I've tried many aftermarket seats over the years. My conclusion is that there's not always a big difference in comfort, and you definitely have to pay though the teeth for a custom seat. The GT seat is a bargain in comparison and really works.
True, seat comfort is strictly subjective. However there is some myth to part of your claim. Rick Mayer often runs specials on his seats in the winter that can bring a seat down to a couple hundred bucks. As for me personally, any BMW seat that has some comfort to it, disappears after a couple hundred miles. Most OEM seats, especially BMW use generic foam that breaks down relatively quickly. Aftermarket seat makers will use a much higher quality foam and offer materials such as leather for the cover. I have never had a BMW seat come close to the comfort of an aftermarket seat. I dont find much comparison between a stock cheaply made seat to a custom shaped to my rear end, custom foam for my weight distribution and a breathable leather cover. Apples and oranges in my opinion but as stated, ergonomics are a personal issue.
 

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And McMaster Carr is notoriously over priced as well.
Yeah, I just used McMaster beause anyone can go there and see prices. These things cost a fraction of the price at McMaster when you go direct.
 

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If you are going to spend cash on heat, why would you waste it on your butt cheeks? I mean, if you really want to stay warm, why not buy a heated jacket liner and stay warm?

People rave about BMW for having heated grips, but on a cold day, the grips don't hold a candle to heated gloves. No pun intended.
 

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If you are going to spend cash on heat, why would you waste it on your butt cheeks? I mean, if you really want to stay warm, why not buy a heated jacket liner and stay warm?

People rave about BMW for having heated grips, but on a cold day, the grips don't hold a candle to heated gloves. No pun intended.
I will agree with you but I still find heated grips and seats nice. There are plenty of times where I ride into colder areas for a bit or get caught in colder times unprepared. its nice to have something to take the edge off without the need to stop. I am finding that my warmer gloves are already making the heated grips less noticeable. I would love to try heated gear someday but the idea of adding cables just drives me up a wall.
 
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