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post #1 of 10 Old 06-26-2010, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Help on Lowering Wee Seat via Pad Shaving

I am planning to gain more ground reach by shaving the pads at the bottom of the stock seat on my Wee. There are six black rubber pads: Two round ones at the back, two rectangular ones in the middle of the seat and two rectangular ones at the front. I notice that there is about a 1/4" gap between the bottom of the seat (along the side) and the body plastic on my bike.

I would appreciate your input on the following:
(1) What is the maximum that I should/could shave off the rectangular pads?
(2) Would I have to shave the round pads as well? If yes, how much?

Thanks you in advance for your input.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-26-2010, 11:34 AM
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You are going about it the wrong way, if you shave the feet the locks will no longer line up. Take the cover off the seat and remove foam from the top of the seat. Then reinstall the cover. There are lowering links available that will set the whole bike lower to the ground. Kieth
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-26-2010, 07:35 PM
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You are going about it the wrong way, if you shave the feet the locks will no longer line up. Take the cover off the seat and remove foam from the top of the seat. Then reinstall the cover. There are lowering links available that will set the whole bike lower to the ground. Kieth
Not true.

It has been done before. The locks will still line up. The world will still revolve.

If you absolutely must cut the rubber bumpers, take off about half. You could do more, but then your seat will start to rub the plastics. Leave the round pads alone.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-26-2010, 07:48 PM
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Lower it with a smooth shave

I had a car upolstry guy do my wifes SV 650 Seat and it lookls great and still has plenty of cushion. It costed me about 25 dollars and he put everything back on and it looked stock. He said he just too a special grinder to it. Lowered the seat almost one in. and NO BUTT PAIN!!
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-03-2010, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for you comments.

I will remove about 1/4" (or slightly less) off the rectangular pads and leave round ones at the back alone.

I will report back to you on the result of the surgery in a few days. Stay tuned!

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EOTS - the rubber block can be shaved off by half- you can take off another 4mm off the rear seat/lock mechanism block- this is important for lowering the whole seat.

i glue a little rubber strips under metal hooks on the bike frame - this is where the seat will rub with the metal fram first.

By doing the both rubber foot and the rear seat/lock mechanism block - the reach to the ground will feel like almost 10mm lower- the tilt of seat is about the same.

Better reach can be further enhanced by lifting the seat cover and shave a bit side form off towards the front to give a narrower profile.

I end up doing all that and flatten the seat a little. I also raise the rear about 10mm through adjustment on my elka shock and the reach to ground is still at least 10mm better than stock.

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Last night, I shaved off between 7 & 8 mm off the rectangular pads and about 3 mm off the round ones at the back.

The before and after photos are attached for your reference.

The overall amount of lowering is actually about 5 or 6 mm which translates to 1/4".

When I set on it the first time after the procedure, I immmediately noticed the difference. Although it may not sound like much, but for those who are vertically challenged like yours truly, a 1/4" of lowering equates to less lean to the left while at the lights with the right boot on the rear brake. And that is a good thing. Addtionally, transitioning from left foot to right foot while stationary is now a no brainner!

For individuals who are considering lowering their Vees/Wees via lowering links, try shaving the pads under the seat frame first. Try it out for a day or two and then ask yourself if it is worth your while lowering your bike at the expense of less clearance and lean angle.

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I tried a friend's seat with the shaved bumpers and found it caused the seat to have a more pronounced "hollow" in it. Made me feel like I was stuck in that one spot on the seat with no way to shift forward or back. Kinda squashed my special parts too.

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I've modded and re-modded seats on my bike a few times.

I split the rubber bumpers and shaved the foam for my wife and daughter.

You may want to consider shaving the top and sides of the seat near the front for enhanced reach when stopped. Yo can aslo creat a more comfortable seating area a little further aft by adding some width to the seat there and cutting into the passenger area. This can all be done with the front portion of the cover pulled back with the rear still in place.

Get help stretching the cover back while you re-staple it in place.

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....You may want to consider shaving the top and sides of the seat near the front for enhanced reach when stopped. Yo can aslo creat a more comfortable seating area a little further aft by adding some width to the seat there and cutting into the passenger area. This can all be done with the front portion of the cover pulled back with the rear still in place.
Sorry, I had to quote this....I've never seen such a spelling mess from the always eloquent Stromin.

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