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    Seat re-upholstered

    refurbing a bike (cheaply). Want to change from stock seat to flat brat style seat. options are

    (a) get a cheapie off ebay/aliexpress and try to mod
    (b) take the existing seat, reshape and reupholster.

    Anyone had any experience with either of these? I can imagine modding and ebay will be a real ball ache. I'm interested in the cost of upholstering (cheap not full leather etc - its a bike to doss around on0.

    cheers

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    Put your original seat on a shelf at the back of the shed and buy another one to practice on. I had a seat reupholstered by a proper bloke once and it turned out to be a cock up, had to redo it with different foams and reshape it heaps. So even the experts get it wrong. And sooner or later you might want to bring it back to original...

    Anyway, don't you just need a bit of ply and black vinyl for a brat seat?
    High miles, engine knock, rusty chrome, worn pegs...
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    Try MacDonald motor trimmers in Tauranga. They have a web site. Not cheap but a good job done by these guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razza11 View Post
    Try MacDonald motor trimmers in Tauranga. They have a web site. Not cheap but a good job done by these guys.

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    yeah saw that but tbh I am trying to do this on a budget and i seem to recall they were 3-500 or so, cheers anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honest Andy View Post

    Anyway, don't you just need a bit of ply and black vinyl for a brat seat?
    Yeah, ply and a can of spray, and if you want the padded version primer undercoat too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by globe View Post
    Yeah, ply and a can of spray, and if you want the padded version primer undercoat too!!
    bubble wrap and duct tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    bubble wrap and duct tape
    left-over zorst wrap?
    High miles, engine knock, rusty chrome, worn pegs...
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    Who is our Lower Hutt, Welly Upolsterer?, I need to get the seat on my Tiger redone due to UV degridation.

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