Seat Making

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Roughidle, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. Roughidle

    Roughidle Super Star Destroyer....

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    Hey all,

    Has anyone made/ modified ther own seat? I have a 06' 950a and I hate the seat. I just picked up a used one with the intention of sending it to renzaco. but they are busy till june so I figured I would try shaping my own seat.

    My plan is to get some High-density Foam, and maybe some 1" carpet pad.
    I will glue it down with 3m spray adhesive, and use a power carving knife to shape it. then I will warm-up the stock cover and strech it back over.

    What do you think? I worst comes to worst and I will just send out the seat as planned, any suggestions?
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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    top it off with 1/2" carpet pad not 1"
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  3. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    I wanted to try this too, making/re-fabbing my seat, but blew it cuz of time. Still have large pieces of foam...maybe some day...

    This is a very good thread for The Garage.
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  4. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    Where are you getting the high density foam from?
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  5. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Confor Foam is one brand name.
    Different densities, sheet sizes and thickness available through their distributors.
    You can feel easily the difference in densities.
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  6. CMWoody

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    Blue for most, Green for most ADVRiders.:D Two things I found out is that it doesn't compress well till its warm and needs a layer or two of some softer vibration isolating foam on top of it. Also, its not something that you want to put on too thick. Half inch will be fine for it. By itself, its no magic bullet.

    I got it from McMaster-Carr
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  7. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    I got my lead from you and then got samples from the mfgr and a TX distributor.

    I'm sitting on a couple of sheets of 'blue' (1" and 1/2", I think) on top of my shtty office-style chair as I type. :D

    I don't think there's an art to this, I think there's a catch.
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  8. CMWoody

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    I think its an art. Too many variables, too much trial and error. That said, its pretty easy for someone to improve upon what they have in most cases... just 1 a-holes opinion of course.
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  9. ChuckS

    ChuckS Adventurer Wannabe

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    I HATED the stock seat on my WeeStrom. It took me over a year to get it right, but it's now perfect.
    I went through lots of trial & error with different densities/types of foam (I own a canvas shop). "Memory" foam from a WalMart pillow worked pretty well. I cut out a pocket for it in the original and shaped a plug to fit.

    The final solution was to trip much of the foam away, reshape it, narrow it, at throw an Airhawk on top. So far, I haven't had any trouble with the Airhawk staying put.
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  10. Lone Rider

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    I tried a $200 (yeah, way back then) Airhawk on a stock GS seat and it do anything for me.

    One day...yes, I predict this...there will be quality air bladder seats that you can suck and/or blow to fit your own personal rearmost needs. Twon't be too must longer....
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  11. johnjen

    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    Oh yeah it's an art.
    Especially if you want to position your self 'properly' on the bike and maximize the contact patch between your sit-upon and the seat. After watching Rich work his magic on several seats, it became quite apparent just where the magic came into play.

    JJ
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  12. Roughidle

    Roughidle Super Star Destroyer....

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    Here in South east michigan there are lots of hot rod/ car resto places, and even a few textile only shops. infact there is one called mighigan textiles about a mile from my house. I called'em up and they have high density foam for $10 a square foot or $70 for 10 square feet. im gonna shoot over there on monday and hit the home depot for carpet pad on the way home.
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    Doghouse_Riley Wannabe Adventure Tourer

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  14. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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  15. R_W

    R_W wannabe

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    One caveat: most custom seatmakers can't/won't recover the seatpan if it has been redone already--too many stapleholes in the pan for them to get a good reliable hold and most want the stock foam as original to take up all those stupid grooves and bumps in the plastic pans.

    I did it while waiting for renazco, but my attempts were nowhere near as good. and I ended up spending a LOT of extra money to realize James is an artist :rofl
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  16. Roughidle

    Roughidle Super Star Destroyer....

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    it is an art indeed, but I figure what the hell, I might as well try it. if not Ill just send it out.
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  17. JimVonBaden

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    I had somewhat mixed results cutting down my Corbin seat.

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    It was too wide in front.

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    Corbin used rivits to hold it, and they don't drill out of their fiberglass seat pan very easily.

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    So I trimmed it to match my stock seat in front.

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    I made a template from the stock seat.

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    The finished prodect looked decent.

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    On the bike. I could reach better, but this is one Corbin I could not love. Unlike all the others I did.

    Jim :brow
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  18. Caffeind

    Caffeind Team Piggly Wiggly

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    I've been noodling this through for a while. Factory Kawasaki seats are good for about 60 minutes before you start counting the miles to the next stop. I'd like to add about an inch to an inch-and-a-half in height to the standard seating position as well, to relax my hips.

    Factory seats for my bike come up from time to time on the OA forum. I'd like to have a spare in case I screw one up too bad.

    :lurk
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  19. Roughidle

    Roughidle Super Star Destroyer....

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    I picked up a spare, and if renzaco wont work on it i will just send them my stocker. but untill then im gonna fart around a bit.
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