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shromani
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My seat is all tacky

Postby shromani » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:37 pm



What happened to my seat!!! The original seat upholstery has turned to a semi tacky resin and appears to not have held up after only 31 years!!! :lol: So what is the best option instead of replacing the entire seat assembly? Are they're seat covers I can buy or have installed? Would a custom upholstery shop be able to recover my seat at a reasonable price? What have other done?



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made2care
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Location: Woodward, Oklahoma
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Re: My seat is all tacky

Postby made2care » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:27 pm

I found a nice replacement cover for mine. purchased it on fleebay and I was very pleased with the quality. I simply removed the old cover and recovered it myself.
Here are some tips if you choose to recover yourself

tip 1- must haves: heat gun( to soften the plastic on the seat), electric staple gun, small hammer, flathead screwdriver and a strong pair of hands
tip 2- loosely fit new cover to begin with, tacking each end temporarily
tip 3- take your time

I found that if you heat the plastic shell prior to stapling, the staples penetrate much easier. the plastic is hard and you will find out real quickly that the stapler by itself will not work.
I also simply hammered some of those stubborn staples with a small hammer.
I had never done this before and I was quite surprised at the outcome.
I could have taken it down to the local upholstery store, but they would have socked me with a $200 bill. I purchased my cover for a mere $75, its not pure leather , however , its not that cheap vinyl stuff, this is marine grade material.
Here's a pic

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made2care
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Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 7:36 am
Location: Woodward, Oklahoma
Motorcycle: Yamaha 750- college days- sold
Yamaha virago- sold
Honda VTX 1300- sold
Honda shadow Aero 1100- sold
1987 Honda Goldwing interstate "Sleeping Beauty"- sold
02 kawasaki vulcan 1500 drifter - sold
1997 Honda goldwing SE 1500 - AKA "Black Beard" (current)
1981 GL1100 - "The Wanderer"

Re: My seat is all tacky

Postby made2care » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:31 pm

Pic of my new seat .
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redial
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Re: My seat is all tacky

Postby redial » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:06 pm

I thought that you had tried to pass an 18-wheeler, and that is how your seat got tacky :D

I have just had my 250 recovered by an upholsterer friend, and he did it for a bottle of Irish Whiskey. Cannot complain about that.
Len in Kapunda

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made2care
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Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 7:36 am
Location: Woodward, Oklahoma
Motorcycle: Yamaha 750- college days- sold
Yamaha virago- sold
Honda VTX 1300- sold
Honda shadow Aero 1100- sold
1987 Honda Goldwing interstate "Sleeping Beauty"- sold
02 kawasaki vulcan 1500 drifter - sold
1997 Honda goldwing SE 1500 - AKA "Black Beard" (current)
1981 GL1100 - "The Wanderer"

Re: My seat is all tacky

Postby made2care » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:40 pm

Did u give him the whiskey before or after the job. Hopefully after, or u might get a few prickles on your ars if not careful :D

shromani
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Re: My seat is all tacky

Postby shromani » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:02 pm

That seat is looks great. Hope is in the air for a new seat by next season.

thanks.

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Re: My seat is all tacky

Postby bstig60 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:56 pm

Here's a link with some choices. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=hon ... ers&crdt=0
Also there is a custom seat cover maker that has the most comfortable seat I have ever ridden. Russell Motorcyle seats. Here is their website: https://www.day-long.com/


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