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As hard as a rock” and “like sitting on a 2×4” are the most common phrases I hear when it comes to dirt bike seats.  I have even heard comments like “I think they make it that hard so you stand up more”. If you have the money and want a easy fix go HERE and pick up a nice soft dirt bike seat if not follow this Step-By-Step guide on how to make your dirt bike seat a little more soft and comfortable before spending money.


Tools Needed

  • Flat Tip Screw Driver
  • Pliers
  • Tooth Pick
  • Marker
  • 1/2″ or 3/4 ” Counter Sink Drill Bit
  • 1/4″ Staples
  • Air Staple Gun
  • Rubber Cement

Step 1

  • Remove seat from bike.  Then, remove all staples using flat tip screw driver and pliers.

Tip– Use the outside curve of the seat to pry against to assist removing staples. You will find that only one side of the staple will come out, so use pliers to pull staple all the way out.

Step 2

  • Remove seat cover. Cover is held on with rubber cement around the edges.

Step 3

  • Slowly remove seat foam from plastic seat base. The edges of the foam are held in place with rubber cement, so be careful not to tear the foam near the edges. 

Step 4

  • Once seat foam is removed use a tooth pick to find the depth of the foam. While tooth pick is in the foam be sure to mark the thickness.

Step 5

 

  • Use tooth pick to mark the depth on a 1/2″ or 3/4″ counter sink drill bit using a piece of tape.

 Tip– Mark drill bit about 1/4″ less then tooth pick marking to ensure you don’t drill through foam.

 

Step 6

 

  • Pre-mark the seat foam to create the drilling pattern making sure to leave space between holes.

 

Step 7

  • On the bottom side on the seat foam (the side that sits on the plastic mold) drill holes in seat foam in the area you sit in most.

 

Tip– Start spinning drill bit before pressing against foam. This will keep the bit from tearing the foam, and will cut more uniform holes.

Step 8 “Optional”

 

  • Soak seat foam in water over night allowing to dry before proceeding to step 9

 

Step 9

 

  • Using rubber cement around the edges re apply seat foam to plastic seat mold.

 

Step 10 

 

  • Stretch seat cover over foam starting at one end and working your way to the other end ensuring all wrinkles are out.

 

Step 11

  • Re-staple seat cover to plastic seat mold using air stapler. Start by stapling all four corners to ensure seat is wrinkle free and tight on seat foam. While pulling seat cover tight start at one corner stapling cover to plastic mold.

 

Tip- You might have to remove the orginal corner staples when you get to that area in order to ensure cover is tight.


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