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post #1 of 12 Old 08-18-2009, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Gel seat challenges

I just picked up my new-to-me 05 Wee, and it included the gel seat (stock seat was long since sold off by the PO). With it, and the stock dogbones and front forks in stock position, I wasn't comfortable with the height - I could flat foot my '09 with the stock seat and front forks raised 10mm. So I installed the 3/4" drop dogbones that came with the bike and lowered the front forks 10mm. Height is now fine, but the front end doesn't feel as planted (another thread addresses this issue), and it is barely leaning on the side stand - I can just see some dumba$$ knocking it over in a parking lot.

I would prefer to put the stock dogbones back in and just keep the raised front forks. Anybody know of any tricks for shaving 1/2 - 3/4" height off the gel seat? I thought about taking off or shaving down the rubber pads on the bottom of the seat, but don't know if it will cause the seat to rub any bodywork or cause any other issues.

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Well, I could swap you out a stock Wee or Vee seat for that gel seat and you could raise the rear back up to stock height. I am looking for a gel seat.

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The biggest issue with the gel seat is that it's wider. Lowering the seat can only do so much if your legs have to bow way out to get to the ground.

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yes the gel seat is wider and about 1" taller. Had my stock moded by Spencer. I really like it. no lowering in the mod. Think will put my stock dogbones back on cuz it so much lower now than with the gel. with the gel I took off the bumpers and put some stick on weatherstrip in their place. that helped lowering a bit. Am now thinking of talking to Spencer about working his magic with the Gel and lowering it. the comfort of the stock now is great! but a wider back and narrowed front with this comfort level might be the Grail of seats for me. https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...t=13881&page=5 this is link to the gel vs mod seat post. maybe it will give u a bit more options. seats are such a subjective thing
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I just picked up my new-to-me 05 Wee, and it included the gel seat (stock seat was long since sold off by the PO). With it, and the stock dogbones and front forks in stock position, I wasn't comfortable with the height - I could flat foot my '09 with the stock seat and front forks raised 10mm. So I installed the 3/4" drop dogbones that came with the bike and lowered the front forks 10mm. Height is now fine, but the front end doesn't feel as planted (another thread addresses this issue), and it is barely leaning on the side stand - I can just see some dumba$$ knocking it over in a parking lot.

I would prefer to put the stock dogbones back in and just keep the raised front forks. Anybody know of any tricks for shaving 1/2 - 3/4" height off the gel seat? I thought about taking off or shaving down the rubber pads on the bottom of the seat, but don't know if it will cause the seat to rub any bodywork or cause any other issues.

Ideas?
Check out lectric's post.

I also have a Vee seat modified by Spencer. Even though I am 6'3" tall I have similar concerns about height to your own. My left leg/knee is very weak so I have trouble getting on and off. I felt way more comfortable with the Spencer modified stock seat than with the Vee gel seat. As a bonus my Vee is now far more stable in gusty conditions. The center of gravity has been lowered significantly as I weigh 284 as of two weeks ago.

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Thanks for the tips - I may send the gel seat off to Spencer over the winter, and let him work some magic. I think it's the width more than anything that is complicating things, because I have a 33" inseam, and I notice my feet being forced out more when I put them down.

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Someone on Stromtroopers would be happy to trade you a stock seat for your gel so you can check the height difference.

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I may send the gel seat off to Spencer over the winter, and let him work some magic.
I've got a stock seat that I'll trade you if you're interested in getting that custom seat made. I won a used one on eBay that I was going to attempt to butcher up myself this winter.

Also, I'm not sure how wide the gel is in your seat and if Spencer could trim it down any if it's as wide as the whole seat.

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Also, I'm not sure how wide the gel is in your seat and if Spencer could trim it down any if it's as wide as the whole seat.

Someone on here did a bit of gel seat modifying and has plenty of pictures. The gel pad really isn't that big, especially for the amount of heat it puts out when left in the sun...

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+1 on the heat. I carry a small white towel when using the gel, to cover it when parked. Fiero I would email Spencer see if he will mod a gel. then narrow the nose but keep the ass pocket big and flat. a 1" lowering should be easy for him on that seat. That is what I am considering doing with my gel seat. But it is so nice now to flatfoot at every stop. can't widen a stock seat I think because the cover wont fit back then. He doesn't mod covers or make them.
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