DRZ: Fat Ass, Tiny Seat

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by SurfN'Turf, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. SurfN'Turf

    SurfN'Turf GOOD NEWS

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    I'm in the process of fabricating a seat widner for my 2006 DRZ 400s. It attaches on each side to the seat bolt and to the frame further forward under the seat.

    I was wondering if anyone else has tried this or has another idea besides a seat replacement.
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  2. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    I shaved and refoamed my stock seat with wider foam on the bottom. Didn't take long and makes a big difference but I am am curious to see what you come up with.
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  4. DanAllen

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    I have heard very good things about seat concepts seats
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    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    The sweetcheeks thing is the goofiest looking most effective seat widener I've found. I love mine, even if I'm embarassed to ever be seen with it on the bike.
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    Hahaha! Exactly! It pretty massively dorkey..
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    :D indy accents version
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    I actually finished this awhile back, but I thought better late than never.

    1) With a piece of scrap stainless steel sheet metal, I used a rotary saw to cut out the wings with many tabs on the insides. After bending the tabs respectively, I used a drill and rivet gun to mount the wings to the plastic seat core. [​IMG]
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    2) I then placed the original foam into its spot on the plastic core.[​IMG]
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    3) Using an old couch cushion, I carved a general shape a little larger than the outline of the entire assembly using a utility knife (this can get frustrating and messy) .[​IMG]
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    4) I forgot to snap a photo of the next step, and it's the most difficult. With a utility knife, I cut out the area where the factory foam goes down the center so it fit in like an inlay. I left the full width of the couch cushion above the wings, and left about two inches of couch cushion above the factory foam.
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    5) After an hour of a 3-way wrestling match including me, the seat assembly, and a stapler, I stretched a piece of faux-leather vinyl over everything and stapled the ends to the plastic core. [​IMG]

    You can see the piece of couch cushion in the background which i removed from the used piece.
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    6) After i was sure the staples were securing the vinyl, I trimmed the excess vinyl from the underside and mounted it back on the bike. I lounged in this seat for 7 hrs a day for 6 weeks in a row when I did the Trans America Trail last summer. It's not the prettiest design, but I wouldn't trade it for any other.:jkam[​IMG]
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