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post #1 of 10 Old 07-19-2007, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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08 KLR Corbin install Question

I'm trying to install a Corbin Flat on my 08 and it seems that the bolt head to the right of the rear of the tank, on a silver tab that screws down into a black plastic housing..I think it is for the air cleaner housing...is in the way...it won't let the seat slide far enough forward to insert the mounting bolts..off by about a 1/4 inch....I'm wondering if a button head bolt would give me just enough room..I'm waiting for Corbin Tech support's idea...sent them a picture and description....Two questions:

1) What does this thread into? I can't see in the housing, even witha/c removed....I'd hate to uscrew it and have a nut drop down to who knows where...

2) Has anyone installed this seat and solved this problem?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-20-2007, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Up date.....the bolt on the top of the air cleaner box doesn't seem to be the problem, removed it to no avail...On the 08s you have to reroute the fuel return line and the fuel vent tube on the rear of the tank....these aren't the problem either...It seems that the seat either won't slide far enough forward or the rear bracket tabs are in an incorrect position to allow the holes to line up.....Any suggestions?

Have informed Corbin tech support of the above and am awaiting another resply...
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-20-2007, 09:01 AM
 
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I just installed a dished corbin on my 08 klr, I used a pliers and bent down the metal tab on the front of the seat and lubed it, it then slide into place, these were the directions corbin customer service gave me. Alsom lube the rubber bumbers on the seat too.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-20-2007, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks FLYWAY4444...Corbin tech emailed me about the same time as you with the same advice.....seems like THEY should bend the tang at the factory..These forums are great.....Thanks again...
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-20-2007, 02:11 PM
 
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+1. I was pulling my hair out! If you lube up the rubber (baby buggy) bumpers on the bottom of the seat pan with a little motor oil, it helps a ton!

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-20-2007, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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I still can't make it work...did you guys put the tab in ths stock postion,,"Stock" position was above the silver crossmember and below the black rear flange of the tank or did you put the tab below the siver crossmember? And how much did you bend up the tab...all Corbin told me was "slightly"...I'm thinking if I bend it a lot, say 30-45 degrees then the tab will fit in the stock postion, be flush against the tank and have the rear bolt holes line up...as it is now, "slightly bent"..if i put the tab in the stock postion, I have a 1/2" gap between the tank and the nose of the seat and the bolt holes "almost align".....please advise.....

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post #7 of 10 Old 07-20-2007, 05:08 PM
 
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Corbin Seat

I just bent it down from its shipped position a 1/8" and lubed and kept shoving it till it wnt in, the tang went in where the stock one fit. It goes but just monkey with it.

Good luck
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-20-2007, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you..... I'll try it when as soon as this work stuff leaves me alone....
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-21-2007, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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This is how much I've bent the tab up...estimating 3/8 of an inch...see picture....If I put tab in stock postion I have a 1/2" gap between seat and
rear of fuel tank & neither front rubber bumpers make contact with frame ......If I place tab below siver crossmember (below stock tab position) all 4 rubber bumpers contact frame, nose/rank gap decreases to 1/4" but the kickstand side bolt hole still is 1/2 a hole off....Corbin is off for the weekend, they suggested to bend tang/tab "slightly"....I'm way past "Slightly" and the last bend seemed to make a sickening "crack" sound...maybe starting to break seat pan? Jst requesting input/ideas from your experience....I was just about to ream out the last bolt hole, live with the 1/4" seat/tank gap, but then I thought for $370 it should fit!!!

I went for a Harley ride with a guy who just put a new Corbin seat and he went to the Hollister plant and they adjusted his Harley solo seat perfectly and even did some touch up painting for him for free.....I wish I could be as positive about corbin as he is...

Thanks for any and all input..
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-21-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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Ahh the famous Corbin Quality Control and Customer Service working in concert again.

"Bend this and lube it"

Hah. Clowns.
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