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Old 07-11-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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Ghetto-fabulous Beaded Seatcovers

I'm a fan of beaded seatcovers ever since I saw the cabbies in Korea using them while stationed there. I had a set of wooden beaded seatcovers in an old beater pickup I used to own and like them for preventing "swamp ass".

Anyway, I was reading online about a penny-tech seatcover solution which involved buying some cheap Walmart beaded seatcovers and cutting them up to fit a motorcycle. I'm getting ready for a 2-3k mile jaunt and thought I'd "beat the heat" down there (as opposed to beating ones meat).

I went an alternate route and found some at Pep-boys for around $15.

For this project you will need:
1 cheap pep-boys velour/beaded seatcover for 15$
1 set of 1" plastic replacement clips. I found mine at Walmart for $1.
1 package of 1" elastic band $2. Also found at Walmart.
Some thread.

Open seatcover and chop in half between the horizontal and verticle pieces. Horizontal is slightly smaller. I used the larger piece for the buell because it has a pretty wide seat.



Buckle(s). Use as many as you need in conjunction with the strap to fit it to your seat.


1" Elastic cloth band.


Use the clips with the fabric once sewn to the edges of the seatcover.



Finished product.


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Old 07-27-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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Once you cut the seat, how do you keep the beads from unraveling? I have an old beaded seat from a car I'd like to try your idea on. I looked at it today but wasn't sure how to secure the beads once I cut it to size. Thanks.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:53 AM   #3
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Sounds like a lot of work to me. Just go to www.beadrider.com and spend the $30. I just got home last week from a 4,133 mile ride thru the Rockies and my butt was comfy the whole time.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:49 AM   #4
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"swamp ass".
So thats what they call it!!! Use to get that all the time in my '73 Courier pickup and '65 Baja Bug!
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:41 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by SimpleSimon
"swamp ass".


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So thats what they call it!!! Use to get that all the time in my '73 Courier pickup and '65 Baja Bug!


Also called jazz ass or chizz ass. I use the term jazz ass.
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:44 AM   #6
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Once you cut the seat, how do you keep the beads from unraveling? I have an old beaded seat from a car I'd like to try your idea on. I looked at it today but wasn't sure how to secure the beads once I cut it to size. Thanks.
If you examine the nylon string pattern, you will probably find that any cut will only lose 1-2 rows of beads. I've done this to a couple Walmart seats and usually affix them to the bike with long zip ties.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:58 AM   #7
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Once you cut the seat, how do you keep the beads from unraveling? I have an old beaded seat from a car I'd like to try your idea on. I looked at it today but wasn't sure how to secure the beads once I cut it to size. Thanks.
i used weed-whacker trim line. it is thicker than fishing line. i threaded it through the whole perimiter,seems to be holding up fine
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:05 AM   #8
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Thanks to you both for the ideas.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:08 AM   #9
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I upgraded to a bigger Sgt. seat on my bike, and love the wider area to sit upon. I have the Alaska Leather dead wooly on there and it's great too.

But (or should I say "butt") when it's near 100 degrees, I was wondering about putting the beaded action beneath the wooly, thereby creating a potential flow of air unda me, with out having that specific cab driver look in the "end" I mean seat, I mean butt.

You get it I bet.

I think I saw the beaded covers (intended for old Crown Victoria Fords...) at Wal Mart, might do the price comparison, a guy could have enough left over to do the LAWN TRACTOR...

Now that's GHETTO.

But then I have a GPS on my lawn tractor to gauge my speed (and get me home).
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:36 PM   #10
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This is most noticeable when hot as you can actually feel cool air "down there".

Also, when raining, you aren't letting water pool on your junk which, if you are like me, will give you wet crotch through your riding pants.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:42 PM   #11
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I found the beaded car seats at Wal Mart this week (Aug. 04) for $9.99 in the automotive dept.

I ran a couple rows of "fly fishing" line around the areas I wanted to "keep" and trimmed off the rest. Still tweaking it to get it to fit under my sheepskin cover- I did go for a test ride and found it kinda neat. And then it rained so i pounded it home...

I will post some pics when I get her de-bugged. Fun project, risked 9.99.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:38 PM   #12
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I found the beaded car seats at Wal Mart this week (Aug. 04) for $9.99 in the automotive dept.

I ran a couple rows of "fly fishing" line around the areas I wanted to "keep" and trimmed off the rest. Still tweaking it to get it to fit under my sheepskin cover- I did go for a test ride and found it kinda neat. And then it rained so i pounded it home...

I will post some pics when I get her de-bugged. Fun project, risked 9.99.
Son of a bitch ... that's smart.

I kept thinking about how I'd relace all those wooden beads, but lacing 'em up before you cut the cushion apart makes a whole lot more sense.

(Old thread, I know, but a recent question about some air seat cushion brought up beads, and it reminded me that I thought about making my own from a left-over wooden bead cushion from WalMart.)
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:30 AM   #13
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All you need to do is cut the string a few rows longer than you want the finished product to be. Remove the extra rows of beads after cutting, and then tie off the excess string. Then you can reinforce by weaving in weedeater string, heavy fishing line, etc.

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