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How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:37 pm
by Nobbi1977
The seat on the TDR was fooked totally.

I got a sheet of fake leather off EBay and decided to give it a go.

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The seat is in ok condition but has a few bit missing from the foam. These need filling or it will show through.

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Here is where it starts to go wrong. The tdr seat is to tall and curved and deep to be covered in this way. But needs must so I carry on.

Place the cover on a table and add the foam. The material stretches more in one direction so that needs to be over the sides.

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Get a good staple gun and some 6 and 10 mm staples

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Made a start but you can start to see the issues with this seat

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Half an hour later

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About as good as it will get

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Finish off bottom with lots of staples

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Finished. If this had been a normal seat I am sure it would have been great but this is as far as the material will stretch on this one.












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Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:00 pm
by Nix
I just did Carls seat on his R1, it looked fookin wank, full of creases, so pulled all the staples out and started again, attached it at the back, then worked down each side, using a hairdryer to warm the vinyl and allow me to stretch it more to conform with the shape.

Once i had it stapled all the way round, there were still on or two creases, so pulled the staples out of those areas and warmed it back up and stretched it again, end result looked perfect with no creases.

The R1 seat is a lot smaller than what you just did and that was a right pain, so well done for doing one that size Nobbi

Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:47 pm
by Nobbi1977
There was a lot of taking staples out and restretching but there is just not enough give in the fabric to do that huge curve.

I do not want to spend more than a tenner though so it will have to do.

Want to try another one now and have some spare fabric so I may update when I get one to work correctly


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Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:02 pm
by blagger
doesn't look too bad, 10/10 for effort :25:

Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:02 am
by Foggy
Looks pretty good for a first attempt.

When your sat on it, it will look perfect :25:

Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:36 pm
by Nobbi1977
Foggy wrote:Looks pretty good for a first attempt.

When your sat on it, it will look perfect :25:


Good point. Bike will be straight on EBay when it's done though.

Got the chance of a low mileage pan euro that has been stood for 8 years so need the space


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Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:00 pm
by herbalisticharry
I did a tzr seat and found it to be a tad tedious so i cheated...
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Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:04 pm
by richard r1
looks spot on that tzr seat

I have a GS1000 that needs the same treatment il drop it round :farmer:

Re: How to recover a seat ( or not)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:20 pm
by herbalisticharry
Ive got some of the material left ..


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