Seat interchangability


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Seat interchangability

Postby Yosemite Sam » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:08 am



Hello,

Does anyone know if the GL1100 and GL1200 seats are interchangeable? I want to replace my 1200 seat, and see several 1100 and 1500 seats that are less expensive than the 1200 seats.

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Re: Seat interchangability

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:41 pm

The 1500 seat definitely won't fit,but I'm pretty sure the 11 and 12 seats are interchangeable.
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Re: Seat interchangability

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:34 pm

Yosemite Sam wrote:Hello,

Does anyone know if the GL1100 and GL1200 seats are interchangeable? I want to replace my 1200 seat, and see several 1100 and 1500 seats that are less expensive than the 1200 seats.

Thanks!
Sam


You can make a GL1100 seat work on a GL1200, but butchering is required and it won't look right. Even making up brackets leaves a huge gap at the front where the seat meets the tank, and also between the pillion part and the frame. It doesn't look pretty at all.

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Re: Seat interchangability

Postby wilmo » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:38 pm

A better alternative is to get the double saddle seat kit from saddlemen. You remove your existing seat from the pan and then staple this in its place. Great improvement over anything Honda made. Price was reasonable, I think I paid around $100 for it looking around on ebay. The passenger is now happy when she was miserable before on the stock seat. Well worth the time and investment.

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Re: Seat interchangability

Postby Yosemite Sam » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:40 pm

wilmo wrote:A better alternative is to get the double saddle seat kit from saddlemen. You remove your existing seat from the pan and then staple this in its place. Great improvement over anything Honda made. Price was reasonable, I think I paid around $100 for it looking around on ebay. The passenger is now happy when she was miserable before on the stock seat. Well worth the time and investment.


I was wondering about the kits. Do you remove the existing foam from the pan as well? Does the kit come with new foam? Thank you!
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Re: Seat interchangability

Postby Yosemite Sam » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:45 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Yosemite Sam wrote:Hello,

Does anyone know if the GL1100 and GL1200 seats are interchangeable? I want to replace my 1200 seat, and see several 1100 and 1500 seats that are less expensive than the 1200 seats.

Thanks!
Sam


You can make a GL1100 seat work on a GL1200, but butchering is required and it won't look right. Even making up brackets leaves a huge gap at the front where the seat meets the tank, and also between the pillion part and the frame. It doesn't look pretty at all.


Thanks for this info, I was almost going to buy an 1100 seat thinking they would be interchangeable. Would've been pretty bummed to spend hard earned money on something that wouldn't have worked....Thanks again!
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Re: Seat interchangability

Postby wilmo » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:46 am

The seat kits come complete except for the pan. You simply unstaple the existing seat from the pan, which is plastic, and staple the new one to the pan. The seat is built already, just needs to be attached. I took mine to a neighborhood upholsterer and he had it done in 10 mins cost me $15.

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Re: Seat interchangability

Postby Yosemite Sam » Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:41 pm

wilmo wrote:The seat kits come complete except for the pan. You simply unstaple the existing seat from the pan, which is plastic, and staple the new one to the pan. The seat is built already, just needs to be attached. I took mine to a neighborhood upholsterer and he had it done in 10 mins cost me $15.


Excellent, I've been watching these on ebay, but thought I would have to use the same foam and the foam on my current seat is kina lousy. I'm glad I'll be able to afford this upgrade...so is my butt!


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