Rebuilding seat.


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velvetrider
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Rebuilding seat.

Postby velvetrider » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:56 am



I guess I worked my ass off on rebuild. I'm happy to report she's running great..only put 50 miles on.
Now I really notice that seat cushion leaves a lot to be desired. Does anyone have source / sources for acquiring new cushion/padding. I have studied rebuild process and will follow advice however I think quality cushioning is essential, and not easily found... Ideas ??
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chrisz
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Re: Rebuilding seat.

Postby chrisz » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:12 pm

You should scour the local yellow pages (google) for anyone near you that does this sort of thing. Most likely you'll find someone skilled in this type of work that will make your seat look brand new and also to your liking. I did this and am pleased. Not cheap, but in my humble opinion it was worth it.

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Oldbear
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Re: Rebuilding seat.

Postby Oldbear » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:18 pm

I had my seat on the Suzuki recovered years ago. He added two inches of "royal" foam. I then had a firm core with a forgiving outer layer. And it added height for me - I'm tall... Going from pillowed to smooth made for less chaffing.

I have a local upholstery shop do the work. But I know they sell the materials also, for someone who isn't afraid to DYI their seat.
My wife is the greatest - she won't let me sell my bike - I'm less grumpy when I ride...

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Re: Rebuilding seat.

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:20 pm

ANy local upholstery shop
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Johnyy Smoke
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Re: Rebuilding seat.

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:48 am

I used this type of Saddleman skin on mine and was happy with it http://newmotorcycleparts.net/body_part ... overs.html
They also have foam kits.
Saddlemans also sells all new seats, but the price :shock:
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Re: Rebuilding seat.

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:27 am

PS An electric knife is great for shaping the foam and the spray contact cement sold at upholstery shops is good for attaching the foam to the pan..regular contact cement like 3M works well too but is a lot more permanent.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Rebuilding seat.

Postby velvetrider » Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:35 pm

Thanks for the feed back guys. I have some new parts coming for my original leather seat. I have to redye it before I put it on the bike. Then I'll get my current seat contured for my arse.. Pics to follow. :D




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