A few days ago I told you-all about my adventures in the sand at Gold Gulch. That's the 1st real ride I've had since installing the Seat Concepts kit - about 30 miles each way plus 12 or 14 miles in sand etc.
The seat is far more comfortable than the stock one, but it still has a small tilt down toward the tank. For a few miles I felt like I was sliding down and the pressure "burned" the inside of my thighs and my butt.
After a few miles, either I adapted or the seat did and all was well, but I'm somewhat concerned about a longer ride - I'm planning on a 300 mile round trip in the near future, so I've come up with an idea and tomorrow will stick my neck out a bit.......
The foam in the seat is very tough and resilient and I think that trying to re-shape the contoured top of it might be....um...counterproductive, not to mention trying to make the upholstery adapt to the new lines.
I think that if I take a thin, tapered slice out of the Bottom of the foam it would be easier to do and easier to cover up any glitches. In the picture I've drawn a curved line - slightly exaggerated to make the point - that would take the most foam right under my butt.
My comfortable riding position is with my butt backed right up against the end of the driver's position, so taking the material there would - I think - get rid of that slight downward taper and would - I think - settle my butt more comfortably in that low spot.
Not certain yet how much will be removed, but I doubt more than ˝" to 1" - a small step at a time. There will still be plenty of foam for comfort and support when done. If it doesn't work, it'll be easy to add some back.
I've talked to a local upholster-er who's done a lot of work on ATV seats - this is really ATV country - and he's going to work with me on it so that I don't wind up with a butcher job.
When the cutting is done the upper contours will only be slightly modified and in such a way that I think that the appearance will be maintained by pulling the slack down snugly and tacking it into place.
I'll keep ya'll posted on developments............Lar.