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Old 03-09-2012, 03:27 AM   #181
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:38 PM   #182
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Yep, looking at ways to get the old chrome spring off the old ones since the new ones can be switched out as they are threaded. None's the wiser.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #183
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Didn't know where to post this, here or Garage. Wondering if there are any upholsterers in here. The little K11p seat is killing me. I end up positioned on a high point in the seat that is hard and while riding, end up sliding towards the front of the saddle.



See the hump in the middle?



The smooth seat doesn't help either. Time to check out why and install a new cover and strap.



Clips under the seat pop out with a long thin screwdriver. The trim needed a 6mm socket and patience as the studs are free spinning in the trim.



I prevail and voila!



Seat padding feels like deteriorated rubber, not foam, too heavy. It sits on top of a worn rubber sheet and over the springs.



Here's the base where you can see the source of the problem. How can I distribute the load so it's not all concentrated on this bar? I thought about using a heavier sheet of rubber, or maybe a sheet of heavy flexible plastic? Any suggestions?

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Old 05-07-2012, 06:44 PM   #184
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I had a custom seat cover made a while back for one of my builds. The seat pan I used was molded plastic and it had all sorts of ridges for strength (very lumpy). The upholsterer first covered it in tight burlap (which does not stretch) to distribute the load. Then a layer of closed cell foam (very stiff) and then on to the regular foam. On yours I would be worried that all the metal would eventually rip the burlap. Maybe putting a sheet of rubber down first would help protect the burlap.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:36 PM   #185
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I had a custom seat cover made a while back for one of my builds. The seat pan I used was molded plastic and it had all sorts of ridges for strength (very lumpy). The upholsterer first covered it in tight burlap (which does not stretch) to distribute the load. Then a layer of closed cell foam (very stiff) and then on to the regular foam. On yours I would be worried that all the metal would eventually rip the burlap. Maybe putting a sheet of rubber down first would help protect the burlap.

I may have to layer the rubber so the bar and bolts will be at the same level as the supporting springs. Then a dense foam as you mentioned to distribute the weight evenly.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:06 PM   #186
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I may have to layer the rubber so the bar and bolts will be at the same level as the supporting springs. Then a dense foam as you mentioned to distribute the weight evenly.
So where are you on this one?
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:11 PM   #187
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So where are you on this one?

I have to make a trip to the foam store to replaced the worn out rubber cushion. I keep missing the open hours. I may look at getting flooring padding and see if the foam is the right density. I'm going to layer the springs with rubber sheet to even the contour.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:38 AM   #188
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Got a thick piece of rubber and marked out the bolt heads.





Kind of messed up and grounded more holes than I needed.



Top cushion is made of neoprene foam.



Glued both pieces together.



Trimmed to fit (don't ever get me to eyeball a straight line) and used a Dremel to grind the edge down with a curve in it.

Fitted the seat cover on and found out it's short on material to attach to the pan. Emailed the seller with some photos and he going to send me the cover for the sprung seat, not the foam seat. So we wait until it shows up.





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Old 08-20-2012, 03:31 AM   #189
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Just wondering if you got the GR back on the road yet.

Also, did you ever install the battery light/monitor thingee in the instrument panel?

Mine has been running beautifully, but the gas gauge float seems to have come loose in the tank. That can just wander around until riding season ends.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:22 PM   #190
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Not yet RR, been lazy.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:13 PM   #191
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Seems legit!
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #192
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Ok, today was a nice day and I decided to get something done. Back to the seat, since the new cover came in. Laying it in the sun to soften it up and compare to the first one sent.



You can see the extra material at the bottom. I was wondering what I could use to smooth out the edges of the foam/rubber laminate I made and came across felt sheets. So I bought some and glued it to the laminate.



Sprayed some glue on the felt and the frame to secure the position of my creation.



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Old 08-27-2012, 06:47 PM   #193
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Now the new cover goes on.



It's pretty secure as it uses alot of clips to hold the cover one, plus my glue and the stainless steel trim. Looks ok, not too shoddy.





Ran out of time to secure it to the bike and take it for a spin though.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:09 PM   #194
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Nice work, VTwin.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:17 AM   #195
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VTwin,
Trying to figure out how you handled the connection to the brake light from the master cylinder. It doesn't appear that the old style switch works with the GS500 master. How did you connect it?
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