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FasYankee
12-01-2009, 09:59 PM
If you're on a limited budget this is an easy fix to a ripped seat, or if you want to go the :pimp:TOEZ route, you can change up the color of your seat.

Mine was 2-fold, I didn't care for the stock blue seat on the WR, and it was ripped at the very front.

Here's what you need:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat001.jpg


Obviously, start with removing the old seat cover, using the small flatbar, and the dikes. If you pry up one leg a little with the flatbar, and then use the dikes, blade side towards the seat, grab the remaining portion of the staple, and pry up, they should pop right out.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat002.jpg

You will then end up with this, I should note that you don't want to just rip the cover off haphazardly, you need it intact. Also check for stray staples in the bottom of the seat pan, and remove all of them now.
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat003.jpg

Lay the old seat cover on your new material to cut to a workable size, I chose black, got more material than I needed from Joanne Fabric for @$10:D, I was going to one up Bruce and his zebra stripes with some glitter red, but decided against it.:rolleyes: Make sure that when you get your material, you measure your seat and then add @ 8 inches or so to each dimension, you'll need it for something to grab onto.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat004.jpg
Being that the seat is seriously curved, I opted to start in the middle, and work my way to the ends. Be sure to stretch the vinyl in both directions, across and perpendicular, or it'll wrinkle on you.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat005.jpg

Here it sorta resembles a seat, don't get discouraged if it doesn't look perfect right off the bat, you need to work it to get it to settle. Stretching way more than you think is enough is the name of the game. Pull on it, like you mean it.:jerkit:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat006.jpg

You can see how much excess there is, you need it all to get a good grip. If you think you're going to get it on there if you cut it to fit, there's no way.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat008.jpg

You can see here how many staples are put in, don't cheeze out here, you need more than you think. And when you put the staples in, unless you have a nice pneumatic(sp?) air stapler (which I don't, that small anyway) you really need to lean on that sucker to get the staples to bed.

Also notice the way the front and rear are folded underneath, there's lots of directional pullling here, and you have to look at your old seat cover (which is why you didn't destroy it) for hints on which way to pull/fold. This is the key to getting it smooth and evenly taught. You may need to use the heat gun on low settings (hairdryer may work) but only a little, if you overheat it, you're screwed.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat007.jpg
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat009.jpg


Here's the pile of "tester" staples I went through trying to get it right, don't get discouraged, work at it and it'll all come out.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat012.jpg

The Staples I used weren't your "normal" staple gun staples, most people have the Arrow T-50 type, I also had a T-18 which I thought worked a little better here. You can see that they're a little narrower:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat010.jpg

Here it is on the bike, I like it alot, looks loads better than the blue (I never really cared for colored seats anyway).

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j155/FasYankee/WRSeat014.jpg

I'm going to test a stencil on a piece of scrap, and see if I can print logos on the seat material, it'd be nice to have a yam logo on the back, or maybe some tuning forks.:cool:

Nast
12-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Looks awsome. Do you know how well using the old cover as a guide will work is you add padding to it or maybe I should pay to get it done.

FasYankee
12-01-2009, 10:11 PM
Looks awsome. Do you know how well using the old cover as a guide will work is you add padding to it or maybe I should pay to get it done.

I was going to add padding (which I had lying around), for a stepped seat, but decided against it. Looking back, I'd probably say go for it, worst thing that can happen is you spend $10 or so on trying to do it yourself, if you bring it somewhere, I can't see them charging less than $50 to make it worthwhile. If it doesn't work, you'll have enough leftover to do it w/o the padding.

Nast
12-01-2009, 10:13 PM
Good point I am going to give this a shot I have the time now anyway with winter thanks a lot for the write up.

Mustang
12-01-2009, 10:24 PM
That looks real good D!

Joey Lawrence
12-01-2009, 10:31 PM
i always wondered how this is done... cool cheap mod

marshdrummer
12-02-2009, 08:06 AM
Nice job Darren! Looks great! :cool:

SVnunook
12-02-2009, 11:21 AM
Nice work Darren, now would you like to do mine for my SV?

Dogbone
12-02-2009, 11:29 AM
Nice, I need to do this on the TL, got a small split in the seat last season....

Joey Lawrence
12-02-2009, 12:26 PM
Nice work Darren, now would you like to do mine for my SV?

and add some softer foam to mine

mhenry600
12-02-2009, 12:33 PM
nice job... looks good :cool:

SVnunook
12-02-2009, 01:20 PM
and add some softer foam to mine


No real need for mine I already have the gel seat.

Nast
12-02-2009, 01:54 PM
and add some softer foam to mine

I am going to be trying this on my seat if it works and looks decent we can do the same to yours unless you get it done first :D

mungea
12-02-2009, 02:02 PM
and add some softer foam to mine

that seat is far more comfortable then the seats on my bike. Just because you no meat on your ass doesnt mean to get to complain :twofinger:

Joey Lawrence
12-02-2009, 03:12 PM
that seat is far more comfortable then the seats on my bike. Just because you no meat on your ass doesnt mean to get to complain :twofinger:

you call that a seat... that was rough... lol

although derrecks bandits seat was like riding a lazy boy...

5TOEZ
12-03-2009, 09:52 PM
Yea, nice work Bud;
but I'll bet the ladies won't even take a second look @ your seat;)
:twofinger:
They ask if they can "rub" mine ALL the time:p

soofle616
12-04-2009, 09:51 AM
Yea, nice work Bud;
but I'll bet the ladies won't even take a second look @ your seat;)
:twofinger:
They ask if they can "rub" mine ALL the time:p
:pimp: <- Bruce

FasYankee
12-04-2009, 10:24 PM
Yea, nice work Bud;
but I'll bet the ladies won't even take a second look @ your seat;)
:twofinger:
They ask if they can "rub" mine ALL the time:p

Ay man, ask Scott, I was on the phone with him when I was at the fabric store considering buying the glitter red, but didn't want to steal your thunder.;)

y3v
03-02-2010, 12:38 PM
What kind of material did you get? Any special vinyl I should look for?
Going to do this on the CRF

ZOG
03-02-2010, 12:42 PM
Yea, nice work Bud;
but I'll bet the ladies won't even take a second look @ your seat;)
:twofinger:
They ask if they can "rub" mine ALL the time:p


What kind of material did you get? Any special vinyl I should look for?
Going to do this on the CRF

This is all ya need to know:

http://www.thesnugglebag.com/images/Zebra-blue.jpg


Go with the fur!

y3v
03-02-2010, 01:20 PM
This is all ya need to know:

http://www.thesnugglebag.com/images/Zebra-blue.jpg


Go with the fur!
haha.. I think I'm just going to keep it plain black.. :p

daviid
03-04-2010, 05:52 PM
i highly recommend having a iron to get any wrinkles out

5TOEZ
03-04-2010, 08:53 PM
haha.. I think I'm just going to keep it plain black.. :pGIGGiTy:p

beet
03-05-2010, 07:27 AM
Hell Bruce, Ralph wants rub your seat. P:twofinger:

Silver Liquid
09-22-2012, 05:55 PM
thanks for the write up, i need to recover my rear seat

5TOEZ
09-22-2012, 06:38 PM
Thank's for the good memory..........Beet has been gone for a lil while now:(.


This Bud's for you John!