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PostSubject: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:54 pm

Hi

Now that Lindsay has her own bike (the V125) I am looking to alter my ride to a solo seat. Took the sissy bar off today and tried to remove the pillion. Wouldn't budge, so I sprayed it with Cillit Bang (worked on a stuck tab a couple of months ago) and left it for an hour. Went back and it started moving....or so I thought. I was left with the head of the bolt!! Snapped right off. I will need to get the rest of it drilled out (but taking the cheap option of plugging it - as was going to do that anyway)

I was going to remove the pillion anyway, but on looking at the stock seat, there is a large gap at the back (that the Scottish weather will get into) and as I don't have a huge amount of cash at the moment, wondered if anyone had a neat idea about sealing that gap in a semi-permanent way (until I can get a decent seat made from Area51)?

The bike looks the dogs danglies without the pillion I have to say and would like to keep it that way for the majority of the time.

Cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:54 pm

Can't think of any idea that wouldn't involve investing, sorry.

You're quite brave with Cillit...doesn't that stuff damage paint?
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:15 pm

Feck.......

Wiped it all off the paintwork.... but as usual thought it was a good idea at the time. I will keep an eye on it now though.

Went back out to fit a couple of washers on the seat bolts and lo and behold another head snapped straight off.

I must be bloody superman with unknown strength!!!!

This has not been a good week! 
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:19 pm

For the future, always use WD40 mate...our little Godsent miracle of a liquid.

As for the bolts, if they're anything like on my 2002 model...you must be a superman O_o
They're thick buggers.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:44 pm

The gap you are talking about I believe is the on at the rear of the rider seat, No problem with weather getting in there I would not have thought as there are plastic walls (for want of another word) under the seat which will route any weather/down ours of rain away from the electrical area whic is rather well protected.
Wd40 on an bolts that are hard to budge for a day or a night and then as you attempt to turn them, use a smaller hammer to tap downwards on them but not to help you turn it sideways as that will help break the seal that it has built up over time
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:47 pm

Cheers Captain.

Off to B&Q to get some 'outers' as the handymen call them - apparently -  and some WD40. Cillit Bang is back under the sink......

I just love making work for myself...NOT!

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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:57 pm

We live and learn Graeme, but you have a passion that no one can buy  
Will look forward to the pictures you post when you get the beast just how you want it, will look great I am sure
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:44 pm

The list of things I want to do to the bike - Floorboards, Volusia bars (from Scotland Warrior), Engine bars (from the Polish site), Cruiser Screen - I think it's actually going to look more like a C800 than an M800 at the end of all this.

Maybe I bought the wrong bike  

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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:48 pm

Make it your own bike Graeme, good thing about the 800 is that so many things are interchangeable and there are so many aftermarket parts & over time it will become unique to you
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:38 pm

I used black duct tape to cover over the gaps when I put the bag on were the seat was. It has held ok. Looks a bit tatty, but not as much a chunky silver bits poking out in unwanted places.
I have been thinking of making some kind of cowl to use there, but have been to lazy.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:00 pm

I made my own seat for the VZ800. quite simple to make the seat pan out of glassfiber and then cut some foam and pull some synthetic leather on to it... Or let a profesional fix the foam and cover.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:27 pm

So , how do you make the seat pan out of glass fibre? Surely a messy procedure.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:05 am

stuck bolts WD40 as said above small hammer as said above if I get a nut and bolt that tricky I spray it in the day time before I go out on my bike then again when I get home and give it little tap with what ever is at hand  do that for a few days or so then I go out to my bike tap it use a heat gun to heat it up then give it some more WD40 (heat is great) job done
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:19 am

Coffeescoffer:
Yeah its a bit messy but not as long as you cover everything its no big deal.

When i did mine i did it in theses steps.
1. cut a cardboard that fits between the framepipes where you want the seat.
2.use alot of masking tape to make the cardbord stuck where you want it. Allso mask all the areas that you  want to have moulding of.
3.tape with teflon tape over the area you want to mould. And wax it with hard vax.
4. cover the parts of the bike that you dont want to get epoxy on. I used tin-foil and plastic.

Then its juts to palster away Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:02 pm

I may have to give this a go. Do the screw on bits that secure the seat via the tongue etc just screw onto the fibre glass pan. I would have thought it not too secure.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:07 am

On the VZ800 -98 there arent any screws. Just a bracket to hold the front and a "coned spike" to lock in the back.
If i should mould anything that needs to have a screw/thread i would prefabricate a bracket and put it in the right place while plastering so it gets "glued" together with the seatpan.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:03 pm

Found a video on how its done.
I didnt do exactly like this video but its pretty darn close to how i did.
If wanted i can add a picture or two on the steps i documented when i made mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:53 pm

Good video nice find


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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:58 pm

Neat video, Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Solo seat   Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:57 pm

Good find on the video twenty2
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