Seat tear at seam on OEM Seat


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Seat tear at seam on OEM Seat

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My 1999 Aspencade has a tear right at the seam. (which technically isn't a seam) What's the best way to repair it?




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There are glue products that sorta work, but the real solution is to replace the cover.
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It's not a cover, it's the original seat.

I'm not in a financial position to be able to replace my entire seat. If I did, I'd want to upgrade then, which I still don't have the money for right now. i still need new tires and don't have the $ for those either.
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That's an actual tear in the seat, not the seam, unfortunately. Probably the best (cheap) fix for that is a patch.
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My first thought was to try and sew it back together since it's the original leather seat. And it's right on the right-hand side of the main driver seat, so I'd rather not use a patch.
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zeoran wrote: Wed Nov 03, 2021 4:41 pm My first thought was to try and sew it back together since it's the original leather seat. And it's right on the right-hand side of the main driver seat, so I'd rather not use a patch.
Well, if you take the cover off the seat, and sew a patch in from the inside, then put the cover back on the seat, you could do that. However, sewing nothing to nothing doesn't work, and the seat is not leather... it is vinyl. Also, taking the seat apart is something not for the faint of heart. Google for you tube videos on the subject. Replacement covers can be found on ebay as well as replacement foam. You could rebuild the entire seat for less than the cost of a replacement, for sure. And a final solution would be to find an upholsterer and get them to do it, but that could cost as much as a replacement seat.
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You guys keep talking about a cover... I'm not sure what you mean. I don't have a "cover" on the seat. It's just the seat itself.
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The stock seat is made up of the pan, the foam, and the cover. If your foam and pan are ok, all you need is a new cover. Much less than replacing the entire seat. There are also aftermarket versions.
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I have a tear an my back rest and seat "cover" that I sewed back together with a curved neddle and heavy black thread. Looks okay but not perfect. You have to sew at least 1/8 inch into the vinyl to insure it holds. The vinyl is getting old and the thread will pull loose if you don't. Then I used black boot dye to help hide the repair. Beats buying a new cover or seat. Spendy.
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Would be nice to know what happened or final outcome is/was.

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I work part time at an automotive upholstery shop and we on will when needed take the seat cover off and restitch it by pulling the edges together and making a new seam. This makes the cover slightly smaller but usually looks and works well if the material isn't too weak. The only way you can tell it was done on my Expedition is the different color of thread. It may not look as good when done in the middle of the seat like as in this case.
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This isn't the middle of the seat, it's on the right-hand side. And it's kind of at a seam.

I haven't done anything with it yet except put painters tape over it. (all my other tapes leave residue) I'm going over to my parents house for Thanksgiving and am planning on doing a full days work on the bike when I do. I'll be taking care of the seat tear then as I have to remove the seat anyway. I'm hoping to be able to just remove the cover and sew the tear together. I would have done it already by hand but my mother has really extra strong thread and since this is right where my leg goes over and I (slip) onto the seat, it needs to be really strong. I'm also going to be doing an oil change, spark plug change and hopefully rebuilding my front-left caliper while I'm there. (my brakes have been mushy as hell since I bought the bike)

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Carpet thread is super strong & lasts YEARS, still milking my dads spool from the early 60s.
I've seen Frankenstein Stitch on vinyl saddle undersides, can't tell on the show side except for the rip...but seam sealer almost made that invisible.
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dingdong wrote: Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:48 am I have a tear an my back rest and seat "cover" that I sewed back together with a curved neddle and heavy black thread. Looks okay but not perfect. You have to sew at least 1/8 inch into the vinyl to insure it holds. The vinyl is getting old and the thread will pull loose if you don't. Then I used black boot dye to help hide the repair. Beats buying a new cover or seat. Spendy.
Yes...sewing as described is how I've done it and have been surprised (since it's a 1990 seat cover) that they've held now for 3-4 years! But I've added one extra twist: Besides sewing with some good, substantially thick, nylon thread, after I'm done sewing, I've carefully smeared across the whole thing clear caulk!!! The reasons for this is to ensure there's no water encroachment from all the new holes AND to help the sewing hold. Apparently, it has worked...

HONDA should really make for seat covers to be easily replaced! They could have grommets and turnbuckels under the seat pan to do so. But no...they make it far more difficult. While my sewing has worked very well...I realize that someday I too will have to bend over and purchase a seat cover! Oh well... :?
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I have sewed a gl1200 seam in the same spot. Used a heavy thread and curved needle. It held up good and eventually I bought a new cover with the foam that installs on the original pan. Remove the old cover and foam and re-staple the new one to the underside of the pan. Not that difficult, I sold the bike in 2008 and that seat is still on it today.
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I was originally going to take the seat cover off and sew it from the inside, but it sounds like you guys did it from the outside using a curved needle. I didn't think even a curved one would get it done well enough. But when I took the seat off, I noticed it was all held on with a couple dozen staples, which I didn't have the ability to replace at the time.
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"I realize that someday I too will have to bend over and purchase a seat cover!"

Ain't that the truth. Lol.
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I Used a regular staple gun from your local hardware store, worked just fine as everything is hidden underneath. To sew the seam I didn't remove the cover as foam was glued to the vinyl and I didn't want to separate it. Sewing it now will keep it from getting worse, if you color match the thread it's hardly noticeable.


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