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post #1 of 47 Old 01-10-2013, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Seat removal

Has anybody done or thought of drilling a small hole in the side panels to access the seat bolt so you do not need to remove the panel first.
I thought then you could plug the hole with a rubber grommet
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Has anybody done or thought of drilling a small hole in the side panels to access the seat bolt so you do not need to remove the panel first.
I thought then you could plug the hole with a rubber grommet
Tiptoes, you get the Genius of the Day award. It is a pain in the a$$ to take the damn seat off.

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I don't do it myself, but I know some people just leave the bolts out of the seat... It wedges in there pretty good so there's not much of a chance of it coming off. One guy on the Facebook KLR page uses velcro to keep his seat in place without bolts as well.

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Did not fancy leaving the bolts out ,thought this might work ,I have just got some side panel guards so it would be a double butt pain
Might give it a go ,will post results
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I drilled 1" holes in my side covers to access the seat bolts. Seemed like a good idea at the time but it looks pretty crappy. Maybe I can clean them up a bit.

On top of that, it's tough to get the bots and washers BACK into the seat holes!

There's gotta be a better way. The Velcro idea sounds "OK" but riding without the bolts doesn't seems feasible.

Eagerly awaiting a better solution.
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I saw pics once of a bloke that took the side screw out, drilled a hole through the wheel arch into the bottom of the seat and installed a Riv-nut into the seat pan.

Once done he could use a winged bolt through the wheel arch to hold the seat on.

You would want to make sure the screw wasn't too long as sitting on it would be less than comfortable

Another option, and probably easier, would be to attach a plate to the bottom of the seat with a metal tube sticking straight down. Line it up over a hole in the rear guard and drill and split pin it into place. Then to take the seat off you just have to pull an R pin and the seat comes away.

Something a bit like this:

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The seat bolts haven't been in mine since the day I bought it.



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On top of that, it's tough to get the bots and washers BACK into the seat holes!


I have changed the bolts out so i use a Allen key ,more chance of this staying on the end whilst feeding it thru the hole

Was the 1" hole a bit large , also did you plug it with rubber grommets
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I have changed the bolts out so i use a Allen key ,more chance of this staying on the end whilst feeding it thru the hole

Was the 1" hole a bit large , also did you plug it with rubber grommets
Nah, I'm a knucklehead and just drilled the holes and rode off down the road. That's me. I need to grommet/plug them soon; at least clean them up so it doesn't look like I was shot at--and hit--during a dual sport drive-by.

The allen bolt idea sounds good. Or I may fabricate a long bolt that can be accessed easier.

Compounding these issues is a rear rack set-up that I installed! That makes it very tough to move the side panels.

I told you, I'm a knucklehead...
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I bought a KLR that had the hole drilled in side panel "mod" on it.

My opinion - hack job. I found some rubber electrical panel plugs to fill the holes. Now it's a hack job covered up.

I leave the seat bolts out. Drilling holes in side panels doesn't sit well with me. I think a better option to to make a quick release system for the side panels.


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