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seat exchange from sprung to unsprung . . .

Discussion in 'Projects' started by joshbob, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. joshbob

    joshbob Well-Known Member

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    001 (640x480).jpg 002 (640x480).jpg I've been riding the Velocipede sprung seat five years now and decided to change to the "Shootout" seat made by Ultima, which is nearly the same as Le Pera's "Bare Bones" seat. During the process I neglected to take pictures and so have only images of the finished project.

    How to mount the new seat was easy to figure out. There was a 5/16" threaded hole on the upper back of the seat and I installed a bolt and cut the head off and cleaned up the threads. Then I very carefully measured where the hole in the fender went and drilled it through. It took two tries to get it right. I wanted the seat to set right on the frame and against the fender. I cut a chunk of Walnut and fashioned a rounded wedge shape to match the front gusset of the frame and Gorilla-glued and screwed it to the bottom of the fiberglass seat pan. Also had to cut and grind off the front bracket and spring bungs. A little bondo and paint, especially the area between the seat and gas tank, and it looks like it's always been there.
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  2. badinfluence63

    badinfluence63 Well-Known Member

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    Looks slick Josh!
  3. Fatboy128

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    Lookin good! My back wouldn't stand for a hardtail!
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    Nice job looks very good...
  5. joshbob

    joshbob Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, boys. After several hundred miles on the ol' thang with the new seat, I know I made the right choice. Yes, I can feel the road a bit more, but that's fine with me. I don't care about comfort or convenience. Give me the shake, rattle and roll; the sweet smell of gas and oil and loud, rumbling pipes of an American motorcycle. If I want to be comfortable, I park myself in front of the TV with my favorite food and libation.
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    Looks great, especially the fill job you did there. Probably reduced your center of gravity some as well.
  7. joshbob

    joshbob Well-Known Member

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    I believe it did - I'm sitting over 2" lower to the ground.

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