Originally Posted by k1201ltc
Dear valued members:
I have traded my 2003 LTE for a new 2005 LT. I am a tall guy and have been disappointed by the new seat.
Here is what I have asked the dealer to do before I take delivery on the bike.
I have asked him to swap the stock seat with the thicker one ( comfort seat ) and also requested that the steal bar under my current 2003 seat be moved over to the new thicket seat. I havae noticed that the bar under the 2003 bike seat is LONGER and would facilitate a better fit under my new comfort seat so I can ride this new bike.
I have 2 questions:
Will the old bad fir properly on the new seat ( the dealer thinks that it does not...I highly doubt that....both seats are the same and should be cut the same way for the bar to fit so it can raise it )
If the bar fits, will the seat be higher from the frame in the bike such that I would have to worry about water sipping in the inside of the bike when raining? Now that the panels are flat and not portruding up on the bike, am I risking electrical problems?
Thanks in advance!
Incidentally, Spiros I have been playing on the same playground as you (or your dealer) is right now.
If you can get the seat swap for free, do it. Otherwise I would not spend any extra money for the OEM "comfort seat". Eventually you end up getting a custom seat anyway and the custom saddlemakers will not give you any credit for supplying them a "comfort" seat.
As you are a tall guy, I bet you would prefer the older type seat altogether. The new model seat is made for the shorter guys - on the expense of the comfort for the taller.
Now the height adjustment bar: You are right that the old model has about 15 mm more height adjustment than the new one. And the dealer is also right. The older seat adjustment bar will not fit into a new model seat without some modifications. (See the picture.)
The old bar is about 10 mm longer. This should be no big deal. The bigger deal is the round disc that prevents the side movement of the bar. It is placed differently in the new bar. I'm sure the old bar could be fitted but it requires some "dremeling" for both new and old seat in case you would only swap the bars. And that might explain the reluctancy of the dealer to start messing up two sets of seats...
I would rather swap the whole seat set from the old bike and get them redone by the one custom seat makers when you feel like it And if not, there is a truckload of information on the forum...
As for the water sipping issue: I'm in the process of making a power adjustable seat with 55 mm of adjustability and I'm not going to loose my good night sleep worrying about the water. That part of the bike is not waterproof in any case and the electricals there should be OK.
Hope this helps, still confused but on a higher level?