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    Seat Height Adjustment

    So, I have a stock seat which, with an Air Hawk on it, I have been able to tolerate. However, one of my remaining complaints has been that the seat seems to be too low at the front - I tend to slide a bit forward and the seat is really a bit too low for me.

    I was looking around for a solution and noticed that Wunderlich sells a set of replacement rubber bushings for the seat H/L adjusting plate that they say will lift the front of the seat an additional 10 mm (0.4 inches). Essentially, they make the bushings so that the mounting hole is not in the center of the bushing, but is instead offset. You can see them at https://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mo.../42721002.html and they want $48 for them.

    I was tempted to order a set but I wasn't sure that 10mm was enough of a lift. I looked at the adjusting plate and thought maybe I could cobble something together to test how much of a difference lifting the seat would make.

    I went to Home Depot and bought a piece of 1" dowel (the slot on the seat that the bushings fit into can accommodate slightly more than 1" (I think it's metric)) cut it to the length of the plate, removed the stock rubber bushings, turned the plate to the low position and zip-tied the dowel to it.

    The seat fits on nicely, locks in properly, and the front is as high as it could go. I find that, for me, the height makes a real comfort difference.

    I fully intended to just use the dowel as a test to justify buying the Wunderlich bushings, but I've put over 5,000 miles on the bike using this dowel and I don't see why I should change anything. It works well, seems to be sturdy enough and is easy to get rid of if I change my mind. I haven't measured the height raise, but I think it's more than 10mm.

    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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    So, it may look crazy, but it's a cheap, simple way to lift the front of the seat - reducing the tilt of the seat and giving you a little more height.
    Bob
    2014 R1200RT

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    Cool fix!

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    Very ingenious. Perhaps several coats of varnish will convince folks that it is a custom upgrade.
    2000 R1200C, 2019 R1250RT

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    Just put some black paint on it and it won't even be noticeable.

    Or better yet, who cares what someone else thinks, it's your solution and it works.

    Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Just put some black paint on it and it won't even be noticeable.

    Or better yet, who cares what someone else thinks, it's your solution and it works.

    Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
    +1!
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    I had a similar problem and did order the Wunderlich parts. They worked fine for a while but then found that they would not hold there position on long rides and would slip out of adjustment. I then decided to try to JB Weld them into position. It has worked for over 2 years. My suggestion is if the dowel works, stick with it. No pun intended. Cheers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Just put some black paint on it and it won't even be noticeable.

    Or better yet, who cares what someone else thinks, it's your solution and it works.

    Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
    I was being facetious. Wow. It was a bit of dry humor. Lighten up, Francis.
    2000 R1200C, 2019 R1250RT

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    Make 50 of them, put BMW decal on each and sell them for $75 each
    Just kidding, great idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWeldin View Post
    I was being facetious. Wow. It was a bit of dry humor. Lighten up, Francis.
    What? I was simply offering up two other ideas for him, not poking at you in any way.

    It's Rich, not Francis.

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