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Old 09-23-2005, 06:16 AM   #1
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Seat foam source?

I'm rebuilding an old bike seat and need some seat foam.

Standard oblong shape (like old Honda CB350) with springs running longitudinally.

Everything I"ve looked at around here is too squishy. I want something that's high-density. Anyone come up with any creative solutions for this sort of thing?

I've tried the local medical supply shop but the stuff they had wouldn't work. One local upholsterer had foam but it was the thick stuff that compressed too easily.

anything online?
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:19 AM   #2
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I'm rebuilding an old bike seat and need some seat foam.

Standard oblong shape (like old Honda CB350) with springs running longitudinally.

Everything I"ve looked at around here is too squishy. I want something that's high-density. Anyone come up with any creative solutions for this sort of thing?

I've tried the local medical supply shop but the stuff they had wouldn't work. One local upholsterer had foam but it was the thick stuff that compressed too easily.

anything online?
I had to rebuild the seat on an old Honda I had, I ordered the foam at the local body-shop.
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:47 AM   #3
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Someon at the Farm this weekend, DataDaddy maybe

took an electric knife to a Thermarest foam sleeping pad and glued a few pieces on top of each other and rebuilt a seat that way


said it was the most comfortable seatr he ever had
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:49 AM   #4
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I'm rebuilding an old bike seat and need some seat foam.

Standard oblong shape (like old Honda CB350) with springs running longitudinally.

Everything I"ve looked at around here is too squishy. I want something that's high-density. Anyone come up with any creative solutions for this sort of thing?

I've tried the local medical supply shop but the stuff they had wouldn't work. One local upholsterer had foam but it was the thick stuff that compressed too easily.

anything online?
Depending on how long of a piece you need. you might luck out in the pool section at any K-Mart/big box retailer. I used a high-density foam kickboard (no coating, just foam) to add a layer of more supportive foam to the Honda CM400's seat before I re-covered it.
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:37 AM   #5
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Depending on how long of a piece you need. you might luck out in the pool section at any K-Mart/big box retailer. I used a high-density foam kickboard (no coating, just foam) to add a layer of more supportive foam to the Honda CM400's seat before I re-covered it.


That sounds about right. THANKS! I'll go cruise Le Mart du K.
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Old 09-23-2005, 08:11 AM   #6
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progressive suspension foam and cheap too!!!

years ago i used to rebuild seats for my buddies doing desert racing,,,my secret was going to the dumpster behind carpet stores and scoring oodles of new carpet padding and gluing /shaping with an electric carving knife,,,the carpet pad if you'll observe is composed of a variety of different density foam bits,,,,stack 3-5 inches worth together ,,sit on it and your butt will give ys the thumbs up,,,,it's as plush as ya want it...and will progressively dampen jarring hits....later wooody
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Old 09-23-2005, 11:18 AM   #7
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Try:

http://www.efoamstore.com/default.asp

Good source for a variety of foam types.

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Old 09-23-2005, 11:20 AM   #8
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These are GREAT suggestions!
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Old 09-23-2005, 02:22 PM   #9
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I used a $10 yoga mat to firm up my GS seat before I got a Corbin.

It worked great, and now Mike E is using it on his GS.

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Old 09-23-2005, 07:37 PM   #10
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There is a place out there that has exactly what you're looking for but I have severe arachamnesia and can't remember it for the life of me. This state of affairs annoys me greatly because I was planning to order some foam from them. They have the memory foam stuff, and even had a schematic for building a bike seat. If you folks stumble across it like I did, maybe you could post'em so I can go there again.

Update....found it. This may be just what the doctor ordered!

http://www.sunmatecushions.com/motorcyc.htm
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:43 PM   #11
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Old 09-25-2005, 09:00 AM   #12
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There is a place out there that has exactly what you're looking for but I have severe arachamnesia and can't remember it for the life of me. This state of affairs annoys me greatly because I was planning to order some foam from them. They have the memory foam stuff, and even had a schematic for building a bike seat. If you folks stumble across it like I did, maybe you could post'em so I can go there again.

Update....found it. This may be just what the doctor ordered!

http://www.sunmatecushions.com/motorcyc.htm
This is exactly the information I needed!

I was about to start a thread exactly like this, but ran a search first so I wouldn't look like an idiot,and here it is started two days ago! Go figure.
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:41 PM   #13
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That sunmate site is way cool...lots of ideas there.
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