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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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VN 900 Seat Mod

After reading all the different mods you guys have done to your seats, I've decided to jump in as well.
I'm getting a stock 900 seat today (found it for a steal! $40!!!) and I've got a sissy bar for a Honda Shadow 1100 on the way (should be here Wednesday). I'll post pictures of how it all turns out, but I wanted to give a shout out to Chuck A., Wolfie, and Deviate (as well as many others on this forum) who have done fantastic work in modding their own bikes and are incredibly creative!
Any tips or advice as I go is totally welcome!

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You fan check out my 900 install from my profile. All I can say is the seat is a lot more comfortable, but is a lot wider than I expected. Have fun.


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Go for it!! You'll be glad you did and so will your lady. Just make sure the backrest is SECURED well. Don't want the passenger flipping off the back. Questions are welcomed. Monday I go back to work (10 hr.s+ aday) after 15 weeks off for knee replacement. Answers may come slow, but they will come.
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Good luck. Never regretted changing out the seat. Better support and, I think, looks better as well.

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Thanks, guys!
I got to work on it on Saturday for a bit but was cut short by a dead battery in my drill and rain the rest of the weekend. =\
It's clearing up today, so hopefully I'll finish the rest of the seat mod tonight and be ready to drop the sissy bar in on Wed when it comes. I'll try to get some pictures up this evening.

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Here's where I'm at so far. (Pics below)
I used my dremel to trim down the tongue to fit between the new mount. (I did make my own mount but it was past midnight and way too late for pictures)

I was at a loss for what to use to keep the bolts in place (mostly b/c we still live in an apartment and I don't have room for scraps of metal and such) and then came across the idea to use the aluminum from the side of a computer case.
I cut a smaller piece to go between the cushion and the seat pan, and then a larger piece to go between the seat pan and the frame. I then bolted the two pieces together and used a 2 1/2 inch 3/8 bolt to shoot down through the frame to mount the seat to the bike.

I was pretty keen to finish it last night b/c we were expecting rain the rest of this week, so I got a pic of it in the dark. I have leather saddlebags that I'm going to put back on, but I have to wait to see how it will all look with the Honda 1100 sissy bar and what other adjustments I'll need to make.
For now, though, the seat is on and secure.

@Chuck A. I found for some reason on mine I didn't need to add anything to the cross beam behind the battery b/c the rubber stoppers actually rested on the beam. But I do have plans to put a support across the back where the passenger will sit b/c those are just free floating about 1/2 inch above the frame.

The sissy bar is supposed to come tomorrow, and we'll see how much I get done before I have to leave for the weekend.
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First Bike (so far)
2004 VN750 with 9K - bought 5/5/13


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900 seat mod and Honda 1100 backrest
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from the looks of it, Chuck has the classic seat, same as the one i Ordered without the studs. may set different dont know, yours looks more like a standard version. seat, little narrower possibly as well.
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Nice bike pic....very good looking seat ! WTG !

ps: A do-able night time pic for a future Photo Contest !

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@artstoy That's a good call. I forgot about the classic vs custom seat. I believe mine is a off a custom 900, which would explain why.

@WilliamTech Thanks! In retrospect, I should have turned on my LED underlighting for the pic.... something to update tonight. =P

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I love that section ya cut outta the Hewlitt-Packard case, lol....I did the same with an old Gateway !....Nice !!! That kinda stuff is what modding and building is all about...makin stuff ya find or have laying around to work for ya....WTG !



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