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post #1 of 8 Old 11-12-2008, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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How I modified my Wee seat

I just couldn't stand the stock seat so I bought a Tall Touring from Suzuki dealer. Height was OK but it still got my bones to hurting after 200 miles of a 370 day ride.

So I thought I'd try my hand at modding the stock seat. I found an upholsterer that said he would recover it for me. I talked with another that wanted to do the whole job or not do it at all. Too much $$$ going that way.

I bought some carpet pad and a can of 3M 74 Foam Adhesive. Grabbed the electric knife and a 5" sanding wheel for the drill.

Removed the staples and cover and took a quick measurement.





Using the electric knife I flattened up the backrest portion and then glued on some side support. Trimmed off the upper to level it out.

Laid on the first layer and then more side support.




Took out some more of the back rest and then added in the beveled wings.
I wanted a pocket to set in and did a lot of trial and error by putting the seat back on the bike for a test set.



I added in two beveled edge layers in the center to build up the front. The stock seat pitch me forward and I didn't care for that.



Using the knife mostly I sculpted the seat and then used the sander.




Then the final top layer and lots of cutting and shaping.









I'm going to have the upholster cover the whole seat with a thin layer of foam before he covers it to hide my multitude of mistakes.

OK, here it is. Cost me $108 for the cover job. It's a lot like me...not exactly perfect but it gets the job done.

I chose a similar cover for the rider seating and the pillion is a touch duller compared to the OEM covering. He used the old cover as a pattern and it turned out OK.


Got a pocket to set in and the nose is raised so I won't fall forward.



This is a shot comparing the Tall Touring seat to the modded Wee seat.







Took it out for a 90 mile ride. Much better! No numb tail bone and no constant wiggling trying to find a sweet spot. The bit of side support really helps.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-13-2008, 12:38 PM
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very nice article w/pics. i had something similar done at my local car upholestry shop for 50.00 on my old suzuki gs850 seat. it made the wife happier. i like how you made your seat more "bucket " like
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Thumbs up Getting rid of the hump

I took the hump out of my DL1000 seat (on my 650 V Strom) gives me a lot more room to move around and the seat was taller than the 650 to begin with. I did not do as good a job as you but I was able to re use the stock cover.


go to www.kieth.smugmug.com Look under V Strom mods for myseat stuff.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-13-2008, 03:28 PM
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Nice piece of work

The fine pics really tell the tale. Real informative-my seat is going
to see some work soon. Your finished Strom sure looks handsome.
Very, very nice post. Thanks.

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Good post!. I did similar to my seat, using firm memory foam under driver's roost only, Cost was minimal since was able to reshape a bit and still reuse the stock cover. Took it from a 100 km seat to a 400 km seat which for me is just fine. I've done 2 - 800 km days with no issues.

Enjoy - I see you have the fastest colour also.

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That looks good also, Bob. The rearward sloping nose sure keeps one from cramming and sliding forward. I could have used the Tall Touring seat I bought but wasn't too fond of wacking up a brand new purchase.

Keith doing a humpectomy like you did crossed my mind when I was carving the back rest out a little. That curve they put in the OEM seats was like novacaine to my tail bone. Yours looks much more comfy now.

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I've modifid my seat with a few peroidic refinements.

I bought some 1-5/8" closed-cell foam, cut into a saddle shape, carved out the foam a little, resulting in a similar, but exaggerated shape. I put a little "perch" at the very front for technical riding.

Very nice job, JV, I think you're ready to be moved up to the Varsity Team.

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Getting rid of the hump

Yes, the hump hit me right in the base of my spine, putting my rear end to sleep, taking the hump out means I can now change positions which really helps.......
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