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Old 07-08-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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1985 Suzuki DR250 with a ripped seat

I have a 1985 Suzuki DR250 that I'm thinking about restoring. The 1st problem I have is the seat. It has a couple rips in it. I've taken it to an upholstry place and they want $130 to re-cover it. That seem expensive to me and it will not have the orginial "DR" on it. Any suggestions? Maybe $130 is a good price?
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:37 PM   #2
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After having just gone through this with my KD80 project I can say that I would spend the money. Unless you are a professional upholsterer it won't look that great.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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Or just buy one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUZUKI-DR250...-/221242381143
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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Thanks

Thanks for the info. and the link.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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After having just gone through this with my KD80 project I can say that I would spend the money. Unless you are a professional upholsterer it won't look that great.
bah humbug !

slap a layer of yoga mat on it, waterproof vinyl on top, then staple her down real good. takes all of two hours, including beer run.

and, it looks great. $20
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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if your first problem is a torn seat on the restoration i'm guessing the bike is in pretty good shape? pics?
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:03 PM   #7
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this works pretty good.....

http://www.eastwood.com/vinyl-and-da...lant-foam.html

I have fixed a few seats, results range from "can't tell" to "I can see it when the light is right"
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:28 AM   #8
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Seat

Thanks for the replys. All are helpful. As for the question about the bike's condition ... yes, it starts 1st kick and runs good. All I had to do to the engine is replace the valve gaskets. Got the bike for $300. I'd like to fully restore it but, I don't want to spend a ton of money on it. It is fun to ride.

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PS - I don't know why but, I still can't post pictures?? It's like I'm blocked or something. Maybe b/c I'm a new member??
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:33 AM   #9
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Go to Jo Ann Fabrics and buy some bulk vinyl. Then to to harbor freight and get the pneumatic stapler. Pull staples from seat pan, remove old seat cover and put the new vinyl over it and use the new stapler to put the new vinyl on!
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:55 AM   #10
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:30 AM   #11
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get an account & upload pix to Photobucket or Smugmug or similar a host. they will assign an image link that can be pasted in
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:36 PM   #12
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get an account & upload pix to Photobucket or Smugmug or similar a host. they will assign an image link that can be pasted in

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Old 07-10-2013, 03:45 PM   #13
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All I had to do to the engine is replace the valve gaskets.



I think you need more time on this site. At least you are in the right place. Keep reading my son.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:52 PM   #14
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If you're willing to take some time, sewing isn't hard. I've made a few seat covers from scratch in my day. If you're stitching by hand it takes a long time, but I found sewing machines so difficult to use, it's almost faster for me to do it by hand.

It's like anything else. Tedious, but rewarding (and cheap!)

DR350



2 tone DRZ seat



Matching CRF 50 seat



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TLR (this was the first version, 2nd came out much better)

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:02 AM   #15
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Modern seats with plastic pans seam to be a lot easier to recover and get good results. It seams like on those you can usually get away with one piece of vinyl and just stretch it right over. The older style steel pan seats with the little metal tangs that hold the cover and the thick foam typiclly require multiple pieces of vinyl and have to be sewn.
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