Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Glen Williams, ON, Canada
Re: Rider Seat recovering
I find myself in the same position, looking to have a repair done to a stock heated seat on my new-to-me '99 LT. A 1.5 inch split has opened, right under the right thigh area, along the fake heat-welded 'stitching'.
A repair guy said that, due to position, a patch-type repair of the slit wouldn't last and suggested having it recovered. At a local shop that does car interiors etc., they quoted me $200. We noted that the original covering is pop-riveted onto the frame, but online I've seen shots of staples being used. What do they staple into?
As to doing it myself: the only advice I've had from friends is that proper stretching of the vinyl is hard to do without experience, and they advised having the shop do it.
I've put less than 400 km on the bike since purchasing, so I'm in no position to judge whether it will be comfortable on long rides, or whether I'll want to get a 'custom' seat later. So far it fits my 6'/230 lbs just fine.
Any further advice about the DIY approach?