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    I welded up a bracket today to replace the OEM seat bracket, tried it and the seat will not latch! Looked it over, tried the eccentric rubbers bumpers wit the stock bracket and they worked, the seat would lock down. Looked everything over again and re-did the bracket I made and again, the seat will not lock down!

    It looks like it has the same dimensions of the factory bracket with the eccentric rubbers. Frustrating!

    I gave up for the day, locked up the shop, took a shower and poured a good sized glass of Crown Royal.

    I am going to take another run at it tomorrow. If I succeed I will post a picture. If not, I will need to buy more Crown!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    I welded up a bracket today to replace the OEM seat bracket, tried it and the seat will not latch! Looked it over, tried the eccentric rubbers bumpers wit the stock bracket and they worked, the seat would lock down. Looked everything over again and re-did the bracket I made and again, the seat will not lock down!

    It looks like it has the same dimensions of the factory bracket with the eccentric rubbers. Frustrating!

    I gave up for the day, locked up the shop, took a shower and poured a good sized glass of Crown Royal.

    I am going to take another run at it tomorrow. If I succeed I will post a picture. If not, I will need to buy more Crown!
    It may be possible that your bracket is pushing the seat slightly too far back. With my stock bracket and my Sargent seat, I have to really push the seat forward as far as possible, or the seat will not latch. So, try pushing it as far forward as possible. As a test, you could also try latching it without the rubber bumpers to see if that's the issue.
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    I got it figured out today. It took a few times of tack welding and trying it, but I got it to work. I shot some paint on it and it was tacky when I called it a day, so maybe tomorrow I will get we pic. I am also planning on going for a ride tomorrow so I should be able to test it and see how it feels.
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    I didn't get to try it out today as planned but here are a couple pics. It is a bit crude, but should work fine. Sitting on the RT the seat is noticeably closer to level.

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    The sorry thing is it took a lot of messing around, trial and error to get it to fit properly and have the seat latch. I probably have eight hours into the silly thing! The next one I could probably whip up one in an hour. If I had an iron worker to shear and bend material it would go faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    I didn't get to try it out today as planned but here are a couple pics. It is a bit crude, but should work fine. Sitting on the RT the seat is noticeably closer to level.

    mount1.jpg

    mount2.png

    The sorry thing is it took a lot of messing around, trial and error to get it to fit properly and have the seat latch. I probably have eight hours into the silly thing! The next one I could probably whip up one in an hour. If I had an iron worker to shear and bend material it would go faster.
    I always enjoy seeing people fabricating solutions!

    Prototypes always seem to take longer but itís the results and personal satisfaction that make it all worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    I didn't get to try it out today as planned but here are a couple pics.
    I expect a link to your online site to order this product will soon be active?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    I expect a link to your online site to order this product will soon be active?
    No one will pay what it costs to manufacture it!
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    The missus and I went out for a 250 mile ride. The seat feels much better. I am not sliding up against the gas tank and crushing the "boys" against the fuel tank any more! My butt stays on the rearward part of the rider's seat, right where I put it.

    I was thinking about a new seat before we went n a trip this summer. That thought just got tossed in the rubbish bin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    The missus and I went out for a 250 mile ride. The seat feels much better. I am not sliding up against the gas tank and crushing the "boys" against the fuel tank any more! My butt stays on the rearward part of the rider's seat, right where I put it.

    I was thinking about a new seat before we went n a trip this summer. That thought just got tossed in the rubbish bin!
    I tried this over the weekend. Used a piece of 1" black polymer rod I found on Amazon, double zip-tied (for now) to the bracket in LOW position. Did a 200 mile ride Saturday and it felt really good! Definitely feel more planted in center/rear of seat. Im just over 6'1" with a Sargent and was also feeling like I was getting pushed up against the tank.

    Just wanted to say thanks for the idea!
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    The only downside is the way people look at you if you remove the seat and they see the dowel there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tepeterson7848 View Post
    The only downside is the way people look at you if you remove the seat and they see the dowel there.


    If it was me, I'd paint it black...
    I wonder if a piece of PVC would also work? I will try these solutions soon.

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    Dunno for sure, but I'd wager that a hollow pipe wouldn't be as strong as a solid piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lederman View Post
    I wonder if a piece of PVC would also work? I will try these solutions soon.
    PVC pipe? Not strong enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    PVC pipe? Not strong enough.
    Let's specify the proper PVC Schedule (SCH). Thin wall, SCH 40, SCH 80, SCH 120. Thinwall, and/or SCH 40 may not be strong enough. But SCH 80 and 120 would be super strong. Just try to break one of the thicker Schedules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craydds View Post
    Let's specify the proper PVC Schedule (SCH). Thin wall, SCH 40, SCH 80, SCH 120. Thinwall, and/or SCH 40 may not be strong enough. But SCH 80 and 120 would be super strong. Just try to break one of the thicker Schedules.
    SCH 80, maybe strong enough, but where do you buy SCH 120? Never heard of it and my bet is you can not buy is at Home Depot.

    I did 30 seconds of snooping and I see it available at plumbing supply warehouses and online. I worked for a mechanical/plumbing contractor for twelve years and never heard of SCH 120!
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