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How to Install a Heater on a UTV?

How to Install a Heater on a UTV?

Utility task vehicle (UTV) is the best option for driving in rough terrains. But having a rough weather can be challenging even for a UTV rider. 

Winter is already here, and in some areas, it is the time for snowfall. Temperature is even going in minus in some places. In such conditions, it is difficult to drive a UTV.

You can install a heater in your UTV by removing the seats, disconnect the battery, remove seat covers, add the heating element, adjust all parts and add the power. It is recommended to follow these steps when adding a heater in UTV.

Everyone wants to make the driving in winter more comfortable. What can be more comfortable and cozy than a heater is being installed on your UTV?

Types of UTV heaters

Having you convinced about installing a heater in UTV, now it is the time to tell you about the available options for you. There are two ways of installing a heater in UTV,

Seat Heater

This type of heater is installed in the seats of the UTV. You can have one heating element per seat. These types of heaters are electric resistance coils. They take electricity from the UTV battery and get heat up with it.

Cab Heater

A different kind of heater is the cab heater. These heaters do not create heat of their own. They take the heat from the radiator. The radiator absorbs heat from the engine. This heat is further channelized by the cab heaters into the UTV to keep it warm.

How to Install a Heater on a UTV?

You must have made your decision of either using a cab eater or seat heater. Now let us move towards detailed installation procedures of both kinds of heaters.

Seat heater installation on UTV

Installation of the seat heater is quite a lengthy task. It may take 2 to 3 hours to complete.

 You have to remain focused and carefully follow all of the steps.

Tools required

These days several kits are available for installing a seat heater in your UTV. They come with several tools inside them. It includes a heating element, screwdriver, tape, rocker switches, tester, and a staple gun.

After collecting the required tools, here is the step to step guide for installing the seat heater in your UTV.

Removing of seats

First of all, remove all the seats of your UTV. It is for two purposes. Firstly, you have to install a heater in the seat, so you should have your seats removed. Secondly, It will give you access to the battery, which is usually beneath the seats. We have to disconnect the battery.

Disconnecting battery

Always be sure that before performing any electrical installation in your car, the wires are disconnected from the battery of UTV. If you do not unplug your battery, it will merely lead to dire consequences. You may have the wires of your UTV short.

So disconnect the wires from the battery and save your battery, your electrical tools, and, most importantly, yourself from any damage.

Opening of seat

Firstly, Remove the seat bottom, secondly, then remove the seat frame and thirdly remove the Torx fasteners of the seat.

Removing seat cover

Seat cover is attached with the seat in different ways in different UTV. It could be in a press-fit way or staple way. Most common is the staple way. You can easily open the press-fit way to expose the cover. 

In case of a staple way, firstly, you have to remove the staples to remove the seat. You can use any sharp tool, even a screwdriver for this purpose. Remove the strip covering the staples. After staples get exposed, take your screwdriver and put them under the staples and then move the screwdriver up. It will create enough force to break the staple.

Repeat the procedure with remaining staples. Be careful while doing it. You have to keep the seat cover undamaged.

 When you have enough staples removed, remove the cover. You do not need to open all of the staples. Just remove enough staples to expose enough foam to put the heating material inside it. It will be more convenient for you while reputing staples after heater installation.

Placement of heating element

Now, you have your seat cover opened. It will expose the seat foam to you. It is the place where you have to put the heating element.

You have to make the heating element properly fit into the foam. Put the heating element in the foam. Now take a marker and mark the required length and width. Take scissors and cut the excess material. Be careful not to damage any of the wires running in the heating element. Otherwise, you may lose the heating efficiency of the heating element.

Fixing the heating element

You have placed the heating material in the foam and trimmed it accordingly. Now you have to fix the heating element there. 

You will find adhesive tapes behind the heating element. Remove the cover from the tapes and fix them on the foam. To further secure the hating material and make it firmer, you may imply any additional tape on the upside of the heating element.

Tape will stick on the dry surface more efficiently. So, it is advised to have the foam of the seat well dry before sticking the heating element to it.

Reassembling of all parts

You have successfully fixed the heating element in the seat. Now it is the time to reassemble all of the components in a reverse the way you disassembled them.

Firstly, Stretch the seat cover over the foam. Secondly, replace the staples on the seat cover. You can use the staple gun to staple the cover. Make enough staples to secure the seat cover.

Thirdly, put the strip back on the staples to hide them. Fourthly, put the seat frame and seat bottom back to their positions.

Take care that during all of this procedure, you keep the wire of the heating element out. Also, do not damage or staple the wire during the whole of the reassembling process. In the end, tie the wire with the seat using zip ties.

Removing center console

It is the time to power the heating element. The wires which come with the kit are designed to be wired in the center console. So, the first step towards this goal is the removing of the center console of the UTV. It is already exposed due to removing of the seats.

Remove the rubber over the seatbelts and lever. Also, remove the plastic cover from them.

Center console is exposed; now it is the time to install the wiring harness of the heating element into it. 

You may connect your wires in the accessory fuse box. Use the tester to check for the power in it. If the tester glows, it means that this circuit is suitable to tie your wires. Use the crimp connector and tie it into this wire.

Now connect the black wire to the ground and red wire to the positive terminal and plug your battery back.

Installation of rocker switches

Rocker switches will help you control the seat heaters. This is important for installing a heater on UTV. You can use any sharp tool and make a required area hole into the according to the size and shape of the rocker switches. Install the switches in these holes.

Reassembling of center console

You have connected the wires in the center console; you have your rocker switch installed. Now, reassemble the center console in reverse manner the way you disassembled it.

Connecting rocker switch with heating element

In the end, connect the rocker switch with the wires from the heating element, turn the heater on and enjoy the seat heater. This step must be followed when installing a heater on a UTV.

Cab heater installation in UTV

The installation of a cab heater will take even more time than the seat heater takes that. It may take you four to five hours for installing a heater on a UTV.

The tools necessary for installing the cab heater are provided with the kit. These kits also contain the exact layout for drilling the holes in the precise places in UTV. These tools include heater cab, heater control assembly, vents, heater cover, screws, ducts, vent adapter, drill machine, and hole saw.

Now, let us move towards the step to step guide to the installation of a cab heater in UTV.

Removing dashes

First of all, you need to remove the upper dash of your UTV. You may have to open all of the seven rivets to remove the upper dash.

Secondly, remove the lower dash by opening all four rivets and all bolts. Also, remove the dash cap.

Drilling holes

Using the hole saw, drill the holes on the upper dash panel. You may already have the pre-marked signs on it to drill holes.

Then drill holes on the lower dash panel and finally in floorboard too.

Be careful while making holes. Do not damage the remaining parts or wiring of the UTV. Mostly wiring is behind floorboard. So you have to be completely alert while drilling hole into it.

 Installation of vent

Now correctly install the vent into the adapter vent on the upper dash and lower dash of your UTV. 

Installation on floorboard

Install the lower and upper manifolds of the UTV heater kit on the floor front. You will install them in the holes you made into the floorboard. Properly screw them in the place.

Now, to install the heater, you have to adjust washers and nuts in the rear side of the floor panel.

Installing hoses

Now connect the first and second hoses with the back of the heater. You may also clamp the hoses to make it more proper.

Now connect third hose with the engine. Also, connect the third hose with the first and second hose. You may use any hose adapter for making this multiple connection.

Adding heater duct on UTV

Now install the short and long heater ducts. Follow this step for installing a heater on UTV. You have to install them between the upper air manifold and adapter vents. Install the heater duct very carefully; this could be considered as a significant component of the UTV heater. This step is a must when installing a heater on a UTV.

Installation of control

In the end, you have to reassemble the whole thigs. Reassemble your dashes. Install the heater switches and heater cab cover. Also, do not forget to make the proper wiring connections. Also, install keyed yellow wires, back wires, and red wires on the required terminals. Congratulations, you have successfully installed a heater on UTV.

You also have to remember that any electrical installation that you do win your UTV has a direct impact on the UTV power. These installations like stereo or heater etc. are directly draining energy from the battery. So, always make sure that installed things do not exceed the available power limit of the battery.

In the end, you have a choice to either use a cab heater or a seat heater. Install any of it in your UTV and add some cozy warmth in your winter journeys.

Do I need a heater in my UTV?

How is this heater going to protect me from the very harsh temperature outside? Keep these kinds of questions coming in your mind; we have answers to all of these questions in our portion.

Firstly, Most of the ties, UTV are not garaged in particular garages. It makes them vulnerable to cold temperatures. When you ride it in the morning, evening, or at night the already cold UTV, along with cold environment, will turn your journey into your worst nightmare ever. 

Secondly, several components come with the heating kit. These components can be used in the future for further up-gradation of your vehicle.

Thirdly, you will get an option of controlling the environment inside of your vehicle. You can change the temperature according to your need and the outside temperature. A UTV is a slightly opened vehicle, so you will badly need some temperature moderator inside it.

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