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Shiny
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Hotseat

Postby Shiny » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:13 am



I'm considering adding seat warmers to my 1988 Goldwing. I'm told they need a 10 amp circuit. The plan is to install one unit in the rider seat and backrest and the another heater in the passenger seat and backrest. Anyone have experience with this in this vintage of bike? A buddy of mine has this setup on his late model 1800 and loves it.



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Re: Hotseat

Postby dan1951 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:15 pm

Use Your manual to determine the total load in watts for nomal riding, And look at the alternator output. I really think the stock alternator will not support 10 amps X 2 = 20 amp.s or I believe 240 watts if my memory serves Me correctly. I might be wrong.

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Re: Hotseat

Postby twostrokes48 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:43 pm

I agree with dan1951. I think that would be too much of a load for the Alternator. You could replace the alternator with a compufire 90 amp replacement and be ok with that.

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Re: Hotseat

Postby heidebill » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:08 pm

I bought a Seat heater for my 97 1500, have not installed it yet, but if I could turn back th clock I would buy the kit for a garment heater and install it, I will likely be install mine soon as it is fall here now, I also think 10 amps is a hear say, fairly high, find out from the manufactuerer what amperage rating is required. And go from there.
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Re: Hotseat

Postby RexAubrey » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:01 pm

10 amps is probably the fuse needed and only gets close when the unit is first turned on each time.
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Re: Hotseat

Postby heidebill » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:30 pm

Just installed the seat heater on the rear half of my 97 1500, and we tried it tonight, the temp outside was 7'C , My wife thinks it's the greatest thing, It was a fairly simple task. I pulled the staples out of the upholstery and peeled it back away from the foam, marked the foam where the heat pad would go , trimmed the OEM foam away so the pad would be flush, the pad came with a sticky back, peeled that away, stuck it to the foam and recovered, I did have an upholstery stapler which I used to secure the cover back to the plastic frame, Wired, done
Works great
Bill

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Re: Hotseat

Postby Shiny » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:10 pm

We took a trip with the seat warmer installed. Second morning the temp was just above freezing when we pulled out. The warmer definitely helped. It has two heat ranges, so I'd toast it up on high then turn to the low setting to keep it warmed up.

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Re: Hotseat

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:42 pm

Does it help keep you warm all over, or just the important parts in contact with it? :)

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Re: Hotseat

Postby Shiny » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:44 pm

Actually helps the entire body - quite a bit of blood circulating in those regions ...

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Re: Hotseat

Postby heidebill » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:48 pm

Glad you are happy with yours as well
I guess we are a couple of warm & happy A#*@holes
I think mine bike is parked until the snow goes away,
Hopefully we can get some short rides in yet
Bill




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