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post #1 of 4 Old Jul 13th, 2006, 11:31 am Thread Starter
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Backrest suggestions??

I'm interested in installing a backrest on my '02 LT. Any suggestions from anyone as far as cost, ease of installation, and most importantly comfort??

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post #2 of 4 Old Jul 13th, 2006, 12:49 pm
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If you are REALLY on a budget, I saw a guy recently who went to a junkyard and found a car headrest that matched the black-grey leather of his BMW saddle. He just sort of stuck the 2 mounting poles in between the rider and passenger pillion and the weight of him sitting kept it in place. Seemed like a good enough solution when he didn't want to spend about $400 on a Bakup Backrest:
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post #3 of 4 Old Jul 13th, 2006, 1:55 pm
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If you want something tailored to the LT, there appear to be two choices: BakUp and Utopia. From my "test sitting" the BakUp and from owning a Utopia, both are very comfortable and functional.

The BakUp is better known in the LT community. Like the last post says, it is available from Cee Baileys, from Raffy or from other sources. The cost is close to $400, maybe a little less. Installation is simple; simply bolt it on with the passenger seat mount.

I opted for the Utopia backrest, which is well known in the Gold Wing community. The cost is less, I think it was $240 delivered, with the optional bar cover (the BakUp comes standard with a bar cover). I paid a local auto upholstery shop $20 to restaple the cover on my rear seat, but I still saved over $100 vs. the cost of the BakUp. The backrest pad on the Utopia is a little bit bigger and has a sort of rectangular shape; the BakUp is a little more rounded in shape.

The Utopia mounts to the front of the passenger seat. A steel support bar bolts inside the seat pan (you have to unstaple the seat cover about halfway to peel it back to get to the seat pan), and you cut a slot in the top edge of the passenger seat to expose the mount bar to attach the backrest. Sounds like major surgery but it's not too bad. I posted some picture of the Utopia installation in the Ergonomics subforum if you want to take a look.

There was a recent post explaining that the BakUp fits best with the driver seat in the low setting; in the higher setting (which is easier on my knees), the BakUp was crowded by the top of the driver's seat.

The Utopia has a feature that solves this issue; the mounting bar has a two position setting that corresponds to the seat settings. It is held in place by a spring detent so you need only pull up or press down. As with the BakUp, there are other adjustments built in to the design.
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Thanks for all the great information. I'll check out the other threads too.

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