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post #1 of 8 Old 02-10-2013, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Quick Release Seat

The other day I was fooling with the new horns, trying to get sound out of them and shorted a jumper wire I'd hooked up and, of course, it blew the fuse. I had run a dedicated hot wire from battery to the horn relay and fused it for 15 amps......and, of course, mounted the fuse under the seat.

Well, phooey - gotta pull the side panels and the seat, just to replace a bloody fuse and it scratched at me some. What to do ?? I know that some of you just leave the bolts out, but I'm not comfortable with that with an expensive seat. (Seat Concepts kits are less than most, but still not cheap)

Many weird and wonderful ideas were thought up and dis-carded, then I looked from a different angle. Hmmm.......?? I wonder.....??

Made a little bracket out of scrap metal for each side, mounted them and ran 1/4" steel rod thru them.

Put another bracket on inside of rear fender to stabilize it. All with 3/16" steel pop rivets. Popping many of those by hand would build some forearms.

Very carefully marked the seat where the rod would hit and drilled a 1/4" hole in each. Then marked each rod when it was seated as deeply as I wanted, pulled it back a bit and wrapped the rod with black tape to stop it from pulling all the way out when I want to take the seat off.

I wanted them to stay solidly in place, not be obvious to the casual eye, but be fairly accessible to pull the seat off, so ran the rods back under the fender and with a fair amount of colorful language managed to get them bent to where they work. I customized a bungee cord and used it to hold everything tightly in place.

I wouldn't try lifting the bike by it, but it's plenty solid for any normal use and will keep the honest people honest. I hope.

If I were to start over, I think I'd come from a higher angle - maybe from under the luggage rack. There should also be better ways to anchor those rods. I'm pleased enuf with them, tho'. Makes it a few seconds job to pull that seat off.

There ya go..............Lar.

P.S. - got the horns sorted out and they work just fine now.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-01-2013, 11:19 PM
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This deserves a response. Good stuff!
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-02-2013, 11:41 AM
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Nice job!!!

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Admirable engineering! Sorry I missed this the first time you posted it, you did a great job on it!
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-08-2013, 11:51 PM
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What type of horns did you install?
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-09-2013, 06:26 AM
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A slick solution for seat removal, great idea!
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-09-2013, 12:21 PM
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pretty nice!

I just replace my spark plug. I had top remove left and right fairing plastics, left and right rear guards, left and right rear plastics, seat and tank. Took 15 minutes. I'm thinking it's not a big enough problem to fix for me.

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-09-2013, 03:06 PM
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I removed my seat bolts. My seat is now held in place with a couple of pieces of industrial strength Velcro, one to each side where the seat contacts the fram rails.

Easy, cheap...like the KLR.
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