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Tyler
08-05-2009, 8:14 AM
Here is a nice little article my brother Kyle did while installing a solo seat on his Triumph project earlier this year...

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Adding a solo seat to your motorcycle can make a huge difference in appearance and riding comfort, especially on a rigid framed bike. Here Kyle from Lowbrow Customs shows the installation of a solo seat step-by-step on his first Triumph build with a David Bird hardtail.

The first step in installing a solo seat is getting the necessary parts, which include a solo seat, front pivot or seat mount, a pair of springs, and spring mounts. Spring mounts can be fabricated or bought ready to weld on.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/solo-seat-pivot-spring-mounts.jpg

Mock up the seat and pivot and decide where it needs to be positioned for your height and riding position; the pictures shows a typical set up.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/motorcycle-solo-seat-placement.jpg

Measure the studs on the bottom of your seat pan to determine the distance needed between the spring mounts.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/solo-seat-spring-stud-width.jpg

Mark the centerline on your hardtail's cross-member and use your measurements to locate the spring mount positions.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/hardtail-solo-seat-centerlines.jpg

Tyler
08-05-2009, 8:14 AM
As you can see these spring mounts are radiused to make mounting easy as possible.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/solo-seat-spring-mounts-radiused.jpg

Tack the spring mounts and make sure to check your measurements again before welding them in place. You can lay a bead on one mount and move to the next mount to let each cool as you weld them up.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/weld-solo-seat-spring-mounts.jpg

Bolt the seat pivot to the solo seat and again mock it up and mark the location of the weld-on seat pivot tab on the backbone of the frame.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/solo-seat-mount-front-pivot.jpg

You can then tack the solo seat pivot in place, remove the allen head bolt from the seat pivot, and then finish welding the front mount.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/tack-solo-seat-pivot.jpg

Tyler
08-05-2009, 8:15 AM
http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/weld-solo-seat-pivot.jpg

Mount your solo seat on the pivot. The slotted front pivot allows for adjustment of your seat position. Leather washers on the spring mounts keeps the springs from wearing away your paint, and also keeps the springs from squeeking.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/mount-solo-seat-on-pivot.jpg

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/install-leather-washers-solo-seat-spring-perches.jpg

Fender washers can be used to help hold the springs in place when you tighten down the nuts on the seat studs. Keep in mind that the springs compress when you sit on the seat, so make sure your seat is mounted level and not at a downward angle that will make you slide back when riding.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/solo-seat-installed.jpg

Tyler
08-05-2009, 8:17 AM
Kyle with his finished seat, one step closer to being on the road.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/kyle-with-finished-solo-seat.jpg

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https://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/DIY-lowbrow-logo.jpg

independentrider1
08-05-2009, 8:29 AM
nice tech! good job!

NITRO
08-05-2009, 9:17 AM
Kyle with his finished seat, one step closer to being on the road.

http://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/how-to-install-a-solo-seat/kyle-with-finished-solo-seat.jpg

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https://lowbrowcustoms.com/tech/DIY-lowbrow-logo.jpg

Damn! Had to use that pic of me?

AngryCracker
08-05-2009, 3:34 PM
I tried to post my method but I cant get my photobucket images to work on here for some reason... Oh well, it was worth a shot.... Good to have tech tips and stuff on here now. Me likey!!!!

Jr
08-07-2009, 9:18 AM
Great tech, really helpful

kephaone
08-10-2009, 10:16 AM
did you have any other support for the fender other than the ones off the bar used for the seat?

NITRO
08-12-2009, 7:46 AM
did you have any other support for the fender other than the ones off the bar used for the seat?

Yes, I ended up using some of our radiused bungs and some 1/4" rod which I bent to make fender supports. I built it beefy enough for a passenger, although it wouldn't be a comfortable place to sit!

flatheadfreakv8
10-08-2010, 1:27 PM
great tech tip, thanks

Clutch1
10-08-2010, 3:37 PM
this really helps good tip..

carlover77
04-09-2011, 11:56 PM
how do you get the nuts on the springs tightened? Not a lot of room for a wrench.

SuperP
05-19-2011, 4:38 AM
how do you get the nuts on the springs tightened? Not a lot of room for a wrench.

I want to know this too. I had a hell of a time jimmy rigging tools through the springs. A socket won't fit down the middle.