$11 Seat Rebuild: KLR or about any bike

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AKTobias, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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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. :deal
    Thanks for sharing your idea and seat job with us.
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  2. AKTobias

    AKTobias Frugal Badass

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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.

    I love sundries, especially moto-sundries.
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  3. DeepSea

    DeepSea electronically challenged

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    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?

    Thanks
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  4. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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  5. See-Double-You

    See-Double-You Long timer

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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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  6. AKTobias

    AKTobias Frugal Badass

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    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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  7. DeepSea

    DeepSea electronically challenged

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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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  8. Tanami

    Tanami Under The Weather

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    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/

    cheers,

    Tanami
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  9. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Sweet! Quality DIY job :thumb

    The stock shape suits me fine, but the foam is too soft. I may try this DIY route...
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  10. AKTobias

    AKTobias Frugal Badass

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    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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  11. andmoon

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    I used a recycled sheep skin car seat cover to cover the seat.
    It is wider than stock by quite a bit.

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  12. crash007

    crash007 Adventurer

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    Can you provide the measurements for the start line and end line.





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  13. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    If you guys are into glueing any of them covers, please check the specs on the adhesives. Anything rated at around 170F like most contact/barge type cements will fail miserably in the sun and the cover may bubble up. I have been there.....:puke1

    I bought an expensive can of 3M "Super Trim Adhesive"Heavy Duty for headliners & such rated at around 230F(?) and that's about the best I could find but there may be others.
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