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post #1 of 5 Old 01-10-2008, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Corbin saddle (CA model)

I have an '05 KLR, California model. I just purchased a Corbin dished saddle. The new saddles requires relocation of the two tubes from the gas tank to the evaporative control device on the left side. Any advice on how best to accomplish this?

Also, have a Cogent Moab shock coming. Will let you know how it works.

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-10-2008, 07:56 PM
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Those tubes shouldn't need to be moved. The seat fits really snug when new. Also ya need to make sure the tongue on the bottom of the seat slides under the loop in the frame for the seat and not on top between that loop and the tank. As your putting the seat in place keep a little bit of downward pressure on the front of the seat with one hand while you tap it forward and down with the other. I hope this works for you.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-12-2008, 06:12 AM
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I just worked a little slack into the tubes and made sure they are routed to one side or the other instead of right down the middle. The Corbin seat tang does not have a cut-out for them like the stock seat does.

The seat goes on snug the first several times, after that it is better. Resist drilling the holes out to mount it. If you can't get it to line up, take it off and try again. The factory craftsman hit the seat forward with his palm to work it into place when I had my seat made there.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-16-2008, 10:42 PM
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My Corbin was tight too...

TW is right... resist the temptation to drill new holes.

It gets easier the next few times... I found that the handle of a 3/8 inch Craftsman socket wrench wedged between the back of the seat and the plastic, then turn it, works perfectly... ymmv.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-22-2008, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all. Got the seat on without needing to move the hoses. It is more comfortable than stock, but that's not saying much. Still, I think it will prove comfortable once broken in. As a bonus, I can now get both feet on the ground when backing up the bike. It seat height is not an issue, I suspect one of the other Corbin saddles would be best.
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