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Old 04-08-2009, 02:26 PM   #16
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Nice work !
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:13 PM   #17
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Very Nice!!

+1 on the Alaska Leather sheepskin...I love mine!
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:19 PM   #18
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It worked great! JimBlack and I rode down to Girdwood and back (80 miles) and it was nice. At 34 degrees with snow on the shoulder it was a little chilly, and a strong breezy wind coming in from the Turnagain arm made me wish I had the sheepskin on today. But that's next month's expense.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:28 PM   #19
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Good job. Except for the Logo being slightly higher, its hard to tell at first glance. The blue waterproof stuff - did you glue that down or just staple it? glue between both layers?
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:15 PM   #20
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Blue Stuff

The blue stuff (underlayment for laminate flooring) is really kind of tacky/sticky and it worked well in shaping the seat. I sprayed adhesive on the foam before I put on the first layer, then let it sit and cut the edges off of the blue stuff around the bottom of the seat. At the bend by the gas tank, I cut a "v" into it on each side of the seat. Then I sprayed it again with the adhesive and put the second layer on, cutting my "v" in a different spot and trimming the bottom edges.

Rode over 100 miles on it altogether today and it did fine.
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:21 AM   #21
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Very find job. Love the inexpensive method of doing it yourself. You have cause me to get an extra stock DR650 seat and try this out on it. ;-). Now waiting for the carpet place to open up Monday to get a few things.
Thanks for sharing your idea and seat job with us.
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:41 AM   #22
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We had a bit of cold weather again here in Alaska, believe it or not Springtime in Alaska is really about 40 above. The old song s quite wrong for Anchorage at least.

With the cold, my seat fabric contracted a bit and is not holding as firmly to the inside of the hard bends of the saddle. Like at the bottom of the curve at the back of the saddle and right by the gas tank.

It still looks good, and saddled ... but I know it's risen a bit where it should have sleek bends and curves. Everybody who sees it really digs it, and still wonders if I would do their seat for them in exchange for sundry items. And if you are in AK ... yes I will.

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Old 04-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #23
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stapler?

Great job.

I'm curious what you used to staple the cover down with. Just a standard staple gun or some sort of heavy duty upholstery gun. Also what size staples?

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Old 04-12-2009, 06:02 PM   #24
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:47 PM   #25
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Looks good Tobias.

I've actually been thinking of doing the same w/ my F650 seat. I'd like something similar to a Russel day long, but can't afford the $$$.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:22 AM   #26
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Staples

I used a regular springloaded hand stapler. T-50 staples is what I think it shoots. The seat is a hard plastic, and at the right angles it goes in good and deep. Other times, I had to bag on it with the old hammer to make my staple shots of any use.
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:53 AM   #27
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Just finished cutting and forming the original seat foam. It went surprisingly fast. Only about an hour to lay it out, cut it, and form it.

Thanks for sharing,
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:21 PM   #28
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Thumb Thanks for the post...

I've been looking at doing the same and this thread has given me the confidence to have a crack at it. I found also this link that maybe useful to inmates considering the same:

http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/

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Old 04-23-2009, 10:28 AM   #29
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Sweet! Quality DIY job

The stock shape suits me fine, but the foam is too soft. I may try this DIY route...
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:01 PM   #30
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Ohhh Yeah!

This seat rebuilding idea was good ... and fun. But if you haven't, spend the money and get a sheepskin butt pad from Alaskaleather.com. The store is just down the street from my house, so I went by just to check them out. And my first thought was what all KLR guys think, MORE MONEY? MY WIFE CAN"T KNOW ABOUT THIS

And that made me just despise it ... and because it looks ugly.

But .... ohhhh Butt! When I got past looking at it in the store and put it on my bike and actually sat on it, I would have paid twice the amount. Sorry Barb. She sold me a discontinued item for $35. But you can get one for only 15-20$ more.

Check out their website. They ship butt pads all over the world. And now I know why.

I had ridden around town the day I bought it, doing errands. Then I decided to drop by and look at one. The ride the rest of the day was so much better. Birds were singing. The sun was brighter. No one cut me off.

Cool thing is that it comes with an elastic strap to slip around the front of the seat, up by the tank. And then another strap that goes underneath the seat behind your butt. But the back strap you unsnap and leave underneath your seat. So when you want to take the pad off, just unsnap it and lift it up ... 2 seconds.

My opinion: looks like a grandpa seat, but feels like a whole new bike.
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