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post #1 of 19 Old 07-06-2014, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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seat cover?

anybody recover there own seat? had mine done a cpl. times, but only last about 2 years, at $65 each time adds up. thanks
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-06-2014, 10:06 PM
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You think about Alaskan sheepskin? Mine has taken a lot of abuse and shows little wear. If you don't want to recover the seat.




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I replaced the worn slick/smooth seat cover of my 1997 with an EBay one and so far so good. It remains to be seen whether it will last long term as you caution.

It is a Cycle Works 74-7459 from Jawzy's Power Sports if anyone has experience and can reference how long theirs lasted.
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I got a Seat Concepts a few years back. My bike has seen its fair share of outdoor storage and the seat material still looks great. Give them a call, they should be able to send you out some covering material.
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-09-2014, 04:06 AM
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Another vote for Seat Concepts. I don't have one yet but I know some guys who have, and looks like they are happy with their seat covers.

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I replaced mine with a Moose replacement seat cover I got through Schnitz Racing. Cost = $39.95 plus shipping.
It was easy enough to replace. I followed the instructions and got some tips from YouTube videos. The most important part was using a pneumatic staple gun. A spring loaded manual staple gun won't work in the hard seat-pan plastic.
This new seat cover doesn't have any seams. That's where my stock seat cover ripped (from dragging my foot across the seam getting on/off).
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I've done a bunch of bike seats. About $15 for black naugahyde at Jo Ann fabrics. Pneumatic staple gun is a must. I found it impossible to use a hammer to seat the staples from a normal spring gun

The trick to getting the corners right is to make very small tucks and use lots of staples oriented on the radius of the corner.

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I've done a bunch of bike seats. About $15 for black naugahyde at Jo Ann fabrics. Pneumatic staple gun is a must. I found it impossible to use a hammer to seat the staples from a normal spring gun

The trick to getting the corners right is to make very small tucks and use lots of staples oriented on the radius of the corner.

Yep, it is a piece of cake. I must have caught the fabric store on sale day and get enough vinyl to do two seats for $6. I just used my hand stapler from Lowes with 1/4" staples (not a paper stapler). A little rubber cement around the staple line also helps.

While I had mine apart, I use a 15"x20"x1/2" $12 cutting board from Walmart and bolted it to the stock seat pan with #6 machine screws. I left it 15" at the back for scoot back highway comfort and cut it down to stock width at the front for scoot up dirt riding and easy reach to the ground when stopped. I got some 1" thick No.50 deflection force index foam off the Internet and use two 1" layers.

The seat is lower and softer and the back at 15" wide feels like my Goldwing.
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I've found that pushing the opposite side of the seat against something with quite solid padding allows me to drive hand stapler staples through the plastic. Of course one has to be careful not to use staples which are too long....
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