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jbmlt1



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PostSubject: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 2:44 pm

was wondering why gm in all its wisdom did not build them all with wireing harness for power seat?

anyone go thru this?
any advise would be app.
my car is a 96 doner car is 95

thanks joe
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 3:20 pm

Too bad you didn't ask a couple months ago before I threw out a stand-alone power seat kit.

To do it the factory way you need the entire under carpet wiring harness and also the harness for the doors so that you can run your power switches off the door pull.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 5:54 pm

ya thanks i have the car that the seats came from was hoping there was a trick i was missing thanks for the response
joe
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:22 pm

The only trick I know is you can mount the new seats on the old rails which allows you to have the new seats installed but they would be manual.

Tom C.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:29 pm

From what I understand, it's not that difficult and I will be doing the same in the marshmallow soon. You just need to run the factory harness into the door and to the seat and splice the power and ground (orange and black, I think) to the existing harness. In theory, fairly simple. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:32 pm

The Marshmallow has manual seats? I thought all RMW's had power seats?
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:34 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
The Marshmallow has manual seats? I thought all RMW's had power seats?

Yeah, so did I... Evil or Very Mad

It has a power driver's seat, but manual passenger. Also doesn't have Twilight Sentinel. Weird.

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:35 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
The Marshmallow has manual seats? I thought all RMW's had power seats?

Yeah, so did I... Evil or Very Mad

It has a power driver's seat, but manual passenger. Also doesn't have Twilight Sentinel. Weird.

That is odd... That must have been some sort of weird spec order. Atleast you only have to do it to one side of the car Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:48 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
The Marshmallow has manual seats? I thought all RMW's had power seats?

Yeah, so did I... Evil or Very Mad

It has a power driver's seat, but manual passenger. Also doesn't have Twilight Sentinel. Weird.

the 96 black wb4 I had from the funeral home, had drivers power seat, manual passenger seat. but DID have twilight sentinel..
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:50 pm

96Brougham wrote:
toomanytoyz wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
The Marshmallow has manual seats? I thought all RMW's had power seats?

Yeah, so did I... Evil or Very Mad

It has a power driver's seat, but manual passenger. Also doesn't have Twilight Sentinel. Weird.

the 96 black wb4 I had from the funeral home, had drivers power seat, manual passenger seat. but DID have twilight sentinel..

Ok, people order some weird ass options, seriously... Laughing

(Says the guy with a wagon with a spec order interior Laughing )
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 8:52 pm

bammax wrote:
Too bad you didn't ask a couple months ago before I threw out a stand-alone power seat kit.

To do it the factory way you need the entire under carpet wiring harness and also the harness for the doors so that you can run your power switches off the door pull.

Unless you have a set of 12 way Bonnies Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 9:15 pm

The power goes to the fuse box. The ground wire you can run to the ground location in the drivers footwell. That's how mine was setup.

Power goes from the fuse box to the switch panel (door or seat depending on your setup)
Then wiring harness goes from switch panel to seat rails (hence door and cross car harness replacement)
Then ground comes from seat rail and runs to body ground in footwell

Overall not a bad job if you take your time. I'd personally run my own harness instead of the factory one just to keep things seperated incase of electrical gremlins down the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 10:20 pm

The harness setup is plug and play, it will actually come right out of the interior harness with only a common power (orange) and ground (black) that can be wired right into your harness.

Doug

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Thu May 27, 2010 11:17 pm

Thanks guys
Ill let you know how it all works out.
again thanks
joe
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Sat May 29, 2010 1:09 pm

I have blue 9C1 power seats but i am taking off the power racks and mounting them on my manual racks that i already have in my car.....which all means less weight...
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone install power seats in a non power seat car   Sat May 29, 2010 4:46 pm

I swapped my power drivers to manual rails and the seat got about 20 pounds lighter.
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