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Fitting a pre-'05 seat on an '06

Had a spare pre-'05 seat, so I decided to try to see if I could fit it up.

Basically, found the interference spots, then trimmed them away -- three on each side, as shown in the pics. One spot forward that needs to be trimmed to fit inside the inside edge of fairing side panel, one spot middle that also needs to fit inside the fairing panel, and a tab at the rear that needs to be wacked off.

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'05 seat rear tab (about same height as cross bar)

Pre-'05 seat rear tab

Pre-'05 seat side before trimming

Side portions trimmed 1

Side portions trimmed 2

Rear tab trimmed off

Panel clearance after trimming

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Mark, do those same sections hit if the earlier seat is set in the high position?

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Mark, do those same sections hit if the earlier seat is set in the high position?
I just checked -- the rear and middle sections do not hit, but the front parts still need ~3/8" of clearance trimming.

I personally don't care for the look with the underseat gap when in the high position, so essentially what I've ended up with is the old low seat option.

I'll get my first "test" for comfort later this morning when I ride out to my mom's house. I'll post the results later.

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Did you throw a leetle ackumpucky in there to seal the seat up?
I will, both for sealing and to make the white foam less visible. In the short term, I'm not terrible concerned, as that portion of the seat is already open (drain holes already there at/near the cuts).

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I just checked -- the rear and middle sections do not hit, but the front parts still need ~3/8" of clearance trimming.

I personally don't care for the look with the underseat gap when in the high position, so essentially what I've ended up with is the old low seat option.

I'll get my first "test" for comfort later this morning when I ride out to my mom's house. I'll post the results later.
I just slapped the pre-'05 seat on the '05 bike, put'er in the high postion and rode it 30,000 miles. Yeah, there's a gap but I cant see it when I'm on the bike and I'm a rider, not a poser so I dont really care. The '05 - '06 seats are a POS in my NSHO.

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Guess that makes me a poser, as the folks here will no doubt confirm

To each their own -- I don't like the look, so I went to the effort to drop it.

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To each their own -- I don't like the look, so I went to the effort to drop it.
I'm with ya' there...

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Guess that makes me a poser, as the folks here will no doubt confirm

To each their own -- I don't like the look, so I went to the effort to drop it.
And I dont like the low seat position. It's all about comfort for me, that's why I swapped them to begin with. I'm considering sending the stock seat to Rick M. to see if he can work with it. Then I'll have the looks AND the comfort.

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Hi Mark,
I picked up a pre '05 seat today and did the same trimming to the front and middle of the seat you did. I test fitted the seat and it seems to fit perfectly without trimming the rear tabs. Did you remove the rear taps to get the seat lower; am I missing something; or will it work fine the way I did it? I'd like to retain option to use the higher seat position occasionally if I can.
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