Corbin can't get my money

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GoGoGavin41, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    I needed more height out of my F650GS seat. For a while, a bunch of folded up towels did the trick.

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    Then I decided that was semi-retarded and that I actually needed a new seat. Searched and found this from an inmate.

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    Standard height seat. Why not just get a high seat? Well, I probably would've if I could have found one, but the wife wanted seat modification also, the passenger seat really sucks (I know from having ridden on the back while I let her pilot).

    So originally, I thought I would just be able to pull the stock cover off, add foam, and re-upholster. No so. BMW uses an injection rubber foam that is bonded to the cover (at least on this particular seat). Well, the foam is going on top, in that case. Lots of foam, glue, and turkey carving later...

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    Final layer

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    Great. Lots of heating, stretching, and stapling later...

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    Pretty close to the lumpiest, ugliest seat ever, but VERY comfortable :D We're both very happy with it so far. And you can't beat the price.

    Seat-$40
    Foam-$20
    Glue-$5
    Vinyl-$5
    Staples-free if you steal them
    Total-$70

    vs.

    Corbin-$500+

    Lessons learned?
    I need a harder density foam at the base of my seat.
    Maybe some better choice of vinyl or more heating?

    P.S. The towel thing is really pretty nice in that you can take it off and you've got a lower seat underneath. Not so nice when it's raining, though.
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  2. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Yep...I have been working on a couple Corbins, I don't think they are really worth the money.

    Some ideas for you and others.

    *&&%$^*!!!! OEM Seat from my K1200RS, talk about sore butt after a week of 6-700 Kms days.:eek1:eek1:eek1

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    Wal-Mart Gel seat cushion for the material, cheap at $10.00, glued on top of the BMW Vinyl:

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    Topped with "High density close cell foam"from from an exercise mat, $20.00. That stuff is waterproof BTW:

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    Then some good non-slip vinyl, same stuff used on snowmobiles, much better than the usual store bought stuff, $30.00.

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    Stretch...Pull...Fold....some glue....Staples,all SS, sorry can't steal those :evil:

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    Now good for them 1,100-1,200 Kms days.:wink:

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  3. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    Both very good projects. I am looking at ideas to add some padding and comfort to my seat. Thanks for posting.
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