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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Solo Seat adapter kit request

Hey all,

I am seriously wanting a bobber-style seat for my bike and no one makes a kit. However, I am curious if anyone here could make a bolt on kit which could accept most pan seats. Obviously, I would be willing to pay for the parts and labor.

Let me know if anyone wants to do this. Thanks!

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Post some pics of the seat you are looking at using so I can come up with a few ideas. This is a hard part to make as a universal adapter as there are so many different types of seats.

When you say bobber seat, I think of a sprung solo seat like this:

Which I have only seen on a couple of hard tailed VN750 choppers, like scoup's ride.


Now if we are talking of using a more modern seat like the VN900 a kit would be much easier to make.
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Post some pics of the seat you are looking at using so I can come up with a few ideas. This is a hard part to make as a universal adapter as there are so many different types of seats.

When you say bobber seat, I think of a sprung solo seat like this:

Which I have only seen on a couple of hard tailed VN750 choppers, like scoup's ride.


Now if we are talking of using a more modern seat like the VN900 a kit would be much easier to make.
Oh, wow! The chief seat looks sick! Yes, that is the style of seat I would like for my bike.

I just don't have the resources to weld a kit to the frame, if there was a way to bolt a springer seat on, then I'd be in business.

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Looky at what I found! For $30, I can have a bolt-on rear bracket for my bike!

http://shop.kickstartchopperparts.co...d-Seats_c7.htm

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you will also need http://shop.kickstartchopperparts.co...Weld-On_c6.htm and you will also need a way to secure the mount you posted to the frame.
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Well Slim,

For the rear bracket, I figure a drill and tap would suffice. As for the front bracket, all I need is a 1.5 x 1.5 inch tab with an 8mm hole drilled right in the center. Then it would mount underneath the rear tab of the gas tank.

I am also thinking I could use this same setup w/o shox and keep a softtail. The bottom of the seat would bolt directly to the mounts.

I am still planning for now. Kinda torn 50/50 on keeping it stock or modifying it.

PS: I did contact that company about making the tab I need. Hopefully I will hear good news.

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before you order, let me know.. I gots some friends that might be able to hook ya up for cheap. if all you are trying to do is make a mount for the solo seat, y not make your own? just need a piece of flat stock to make a tab to go under the tank (like the stock seat), and then drill holes in the rear support bar to run your mounting bots.
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I thought about the solo seat all night at work. This is what I have decided on:

1.) Keep the soft-tail
2.) Mount a pan to the frame
3.) Chop and recover the stock seat to retain passenger benefits.

Basically with #3, the seat will be chopped off right behind the solo seat then mounted to the frame some how.

I think I will try a narrower pan than stock. Might make the bike look more streamline.

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I have exactly what you are talking about.

I used Jeffery Phipps Seat Pan tutorial to make my solo Seat Pan. I had very little experience using fiberglass before taking on this project, but found it to be very easy, just fallow the instructions on the can of resin, and have all your cloth and matting precut and mapped out where you are going to place it for each layer.
This is how the Solo Seat Pan turned out.



I rode the bike around for a week or so with just the pan to make sure that the pan was comfortable by itself, so I could make changes if necessary.



I then used www.DIYSeat.com as a guide to pad and cover the solo seat.



Then I covered it with leather to match my saddle bags.

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As this seat was always suposed to be a convertable Solo/2-up seat it was only a matter of time before I started to brainsorm the Queen portion of the seat.

Epic Fail 1(the plywood broke with my 30 lb duaghter sitting on it in the driveway before we even went for a ride)

I tried to make a tractor seat style Pan out of fiberglass
Epic Fail 2:

Then I went back to Jeffery Phipps way of making a seat pan and came up with my final pan (which seams to be working grate now).



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