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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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23 Girl - Just bought VN 750!

Hi guys,

I just bought a blue 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 with 18k miles that was garage kept and has new tires for $2,100. I've already put on 200 miles and am completely in love

Something is worrying me...

The seat shifts. There are two nuts that hold the seat in place from the back. One of the bolts looks like it was welded on wrong so the nut doesn't go in correctly (strips the nut and bolt). I didn't notice it when I test drove it. Now, when I drive around the seat shifts! It's worse when the saddlebags are on. What can I do?

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On the standard seat at the rear there are 2 bolts they go in and tighten into the seat at the back don't understand what you mean buy being welded.
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Yep, there are two bolts that tighten into the back of the seat. On the seat, there is a portion that the bolt screws into. It looks like someone welded that portion onto the back of the seat and it appears that they welded it on crooked. When I try to screw the bolt it, it strips the bolt.

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Can you re-tap/re-thread the back of the seat and use a larger bolt??
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Can you re-tap/re-thread the back of the seat and use a larger bolt??
This would probably be the best bet if possible. That, or grab a used seat off eBay.

I paid around $50 for a replacement for my wife's bike that was in good condition.

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Yep, there are two bolts that tighten into the back of the seat. On the seat, there is a portion that the bolt screws into. It looks like someone welded that portion onto the back of the seat and it appears that they welded it on crooked. When I try to screw the bolt it, it strips the bolt.
The threaded plate is riveted to the back of the seat pan. You should be able to drill the rivet out and straighten the plate and re rivet it. There is a molded tongue in the front of the seat underneath. It slides under a plate near the tank to keep the seat from shifting. Is the tongue broken?

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Welcome. First, remove the seat and have a good look at things. There are brackets with welded on nuts on the back of the seat. And there are 2 bolts that go through holes in the toolbox and screw into the threaded brackets on the seat. Look at the bolts. Are the threads stripped or damaged? If so, throw them away. They are a common size, and you can get them at any hardware store, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Now look at the threaded brackets on the seat. Are they still in place and tight? If so, and the only damage is the threads, The bolts are M6x20mm Get an M6 tap and see if you can clean the threads enough that new M6 bolts will screw into them. If the threads are too bad to save, they can be retapped to a larger size, or, if you can find another size bolt (maybe a 1/4") that can be forced to screw into the threaded brackets (if it is close, it will cut it's own threads) screw the bolts in a ways, then cut the heads off. Install the seat with the headless bolts sticking through the holes in the tool box, and put the proper size nuts on them.

I have the Kawasaki extended backrest, and run mine without any seat bolts on purpose. The reason is because if you open and close the tool box door too many times, it will break off. And the pad on the extended backrest holds the seat in place. But, I have bolt on saddlebags, and do not need to install them between the seat and frame. Installing many saddlebags like that will prevent the seat from fitting properly. The seat has rubber bumpers on the bottom which are designed to contact the frame. If you put anything between them and the frame, the seat will not fit down on the frame right.

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Welcome!

I don't have much to add, but I've found that the seat takes a little jiggling and cursing to get fit back on correctly (I assume it was designed that way to fit solidly on the bike). If the PO wasn't careful, it's quite possible one or both of those mounting points on the back got fouled. The guys have given a pretty good list of suggestions to follow.

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The seat has rubber bumpers on the bottom which are designed to contact the frame. If you put anything between them and the frame, the seat will not fit down on the frame right.
Jerry, I'm surprised you don't know to apply the Mechanic's Second Rule in this instance: If it won't go the first time, FORCE IT!

The First Rule being: If a little wrench won't work, use a bigger wrench as a hammer.

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