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Offline SpeedStar

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I didn't like the forward tilt on the seat.  I took care of it by removing the four black rubber feet at the rear of the seat and leaving the two up front in place.  I then got a lower profile rubber bump stop at Home Depot and hot-melted them in place of the four that I removed. These new bump stops are about .25" lower profile than the OEM ones.  I could have trimmed the OEM ones, but I wanted to make sure this would work before I messed them up and could not go back.  After you get the position that you want, the plastic hook at the back of the seat will need a spacer on top of it to keep a snug fit in its mount.  This height will match what you took out of the bump stops.  I used thick stick-on felt pads for this, also source at Home Depot.

End result, Nice level seat and no more anoying forward tilt for only a few dollars.

From the side now after .25" lower at the rear.



Here is a measurement at the back afterwards.



Here is the gap at the front now.



Here is what the rubber bump stops look like after the mod.



This pic shows the new .375" tall bump stop, compared the the original bump stop at .625" tall.  Also note the placement of the felt pad under the plastic clip to the right.



One more pic showing the mod.  Give it a shot.

« Last Edit: July 31, 2011, 01:57:46 pm by SpeedStar »
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011, 09:57:13 pm »
Great Idea! I think I will look at that, too. Thanks for posting!
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011, 10:40:39 pm »
Devin excellent mod thanks for sharing.
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011, 10:46:49 pm »
BRILLIANT.. Thanks  SpeedStar that is one fix I need to try my ass was killing me after 650 km on Friday.

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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2011, 10:09:27 am »
Any chance of pics?
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2011, 01:58:32 pm »
Any chance of pics?

Pics added to the first post.
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2011, 02:30:49 pm »
Pics added to the first post.

Many thanks sir.  :bow:
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix - photos added
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2011, 03:09:49 pm »
Thanks for this!  That was one thing I noticed during my short demo ride on the Tenere.  I did not like the forward slant of the seat and planned to figure something out....... now I don't have to!   ;D

Ya gotta love internet forums and all the info share that goes on!

Thanks again SpeedStar!  8)
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2011, 04:29:42 pm »
... Pics added to the first post ....

Ahhhh glad you cleared that up ... I thought that spklbuk was talking about limey's post .... sheesh that wouldn't have been pretty  :)) :))

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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix - photos added
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2011, 05:41:51 pm »
Nice!  Thanks for the info.  Had to do a similar thing with my Tiger as "the boys" would get squished otherwise....  ???
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix - photos added
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2011, 07:23:54 pm »
WOW thats cool. I'm going to do that tonight or tomorrow. I think thats just what I need is to lower the rear of the seat.

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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix - photos added
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 09:09:36 am »
Devin, I'm picking my bike up in Alabama and riding 650 mi. back to NC, so I'd like to do this mod while at the dealer.  I'll buy and take the parts with me (prob. Lowes has them too) but can't "hot melt" them.  Would 3M dual locks work or super glue instead of the hot melt step?  I'll be doing it in the parking lot at the dealer I suppose.  Are these bumpers on the bike held by a screw or just popped off?

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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix - photos added
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2011, 09:19:40 am »
Doctorj, you could do it in the parking lot.  I tried stick on tabs first but the plastic seat pan does not take adhesive well.  I was concerned they would not have stayed in place.  Try cleaning the plastic pan well first.
You could also put some duct tape over the bumpers just to hold them in place until you get home and then go for a more permanent solution.

The OEM rubber pieces just pull out of holes.  It is a friction fit.

Good luck with it.
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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix - photos added
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2011, 05:09:19 pm »
Doctorj, you could do it in the parking lot.  I tried stick on tabs first but the plastic seat pan does not take adhesive well.  I was concerned they would not have stayed in place.  Try cleaning the plastic pan well first.
You could also put some duct tape over the bumpers just to hold them in place until you get home and then go for a more permanent solution.

The OEM rubber pieces just pull out of holes.  It is a friction fit.

Good luck with it.

I sent you a PM since I had lost this link.  But I'll got to Home Depot and get some like these in the PICS.  I may just use a glue to stick them on.  I've got some felt pads used for under furniture legs so just glue and new bumpers will do it I think.  Thanks for the DIY mod.  I like these and often come up with them meself.

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Re: Eliminating the forward tilt on the seat - easy fix - photos added
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2011, 10:30:57 am »
Good luck with it doctorj.  I found the rubber bumpers at Home Depot in the same area that they sell the felt pads in assorted sizes and shapes.  The rubber tabs I used are .375" tall. 

I have ridden about 150miles since the mod and it was a huge improvement for me.  A little difference can really be noticed.  Glad to help.
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