Anyone have experience with an Upholsterer?

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9/18/2017 1:20 PM

Hi guys,

I've been looking for an alternative to buying a new seat for my 250L and was told an upholsterer is a good alternative. I don't mind buying a new seat if I have to, but was curious if you guys have had any experience having an upholsterer work on your seats?

Cheers,

jrrundle

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9/18/2017 1:39 PM

I'm married to one.... She has done 5-6 Motocross seat covers from scratch and fitted a few off the shelf covers, it's easy for a good upholsterer.

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9/18/2017 1:43 PM

Lisa made and fitted this cover from scratch for my lads TLD inspired XR250, he didn't want white stripes...Photo

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9/18/2017 1:48 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/18/2017 7:36 PM

I have an upholstery business.....buy 1 from a company that makes them

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9/18/2017 2:00 PM

My friend works on rare Porsches and Astons, it's taken him around 4 months to do mine!

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9/18/2017 5:08 PM

Thanks guys!

I'm glad I asked here before I threw down $350 for a new seat!

I'll give a few local upholsterers a call and see what they say.

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9/18/2017 6:24 PM

This and a couple you tube videos and then you can charge your friends $10 to put it on
https://www.harborfreight.com/20-gauge-wide-crown-stapler-68029.html



You are probably going to get an hourly charge plus materials. You will need to give them your old seat cover for a pattern. Most seat cover places will do custom stuff for you, Ceet Racing comes to mind.
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9/19/2017 7:54 AM

captmoto wrote:

This and a couple you tube videos and then you can charge your friends $10 to put it on
https://www.harborfreight.com/20-gauge-wide-crown-stapler-68029.html



You are probably going to get an hourly charge plus materials. You will need to give them your old seat cover for a pattern. Most seat cover places will do custom stuff for you, Ceet Racing comes to mind.

I bought one of these for doing seats and it was way easier than you would think. Easier than installing graphics, for sure. Plus, that stapler has come in handy a number of times since I got it. I'd recommend going this route.

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9/19/2017 8:24 AM

If you don't have air you can get an electric stapler at Home Depot. Just get very short staples or they will go all the way thru the seat cover from the inside to the outside.

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9/19/2017 8:36 AM

Also a chisel teeth staple works best

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9/19/2017 8:41 AM

jrrundle wrote:

Thanks guys!

I'm glad I asked here before I threw down $350 for a new seat!

I'll give a few local upholsterers a call and see what they say.

$350.00? WTF happened, the dog eat yours?

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9/19/2017 8:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/19/2017 8:47 AM

jrrundle wrote:

Thanks guys!

I'm glad I asked here before I threw down $350 for a new seat!

I'll give a few local upholsterers a call and see what they say.

newmann wrote:

$350.00? WTF happened, the dog eat yours?

He's talking about buying a completely brand new seat, plastic and everything, I guess because he doesn't know how to put a seat cover on.

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9/19/2017 8:59 AM

I see lots of SDG seats still. What bike?

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9/19/2017 9:08 AM

newmann wrote:

I see lots of SDG seats still. What bike?

He said it was a "250L"!

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9/19/2017 9:25 AM

kkawboy14 wrote:

He's talking about buying a completely brand new seat, plastic and everything, I guess because he doesn't know how to put a seat cover on.

I've put a new seat cover on before, don't have any experience with shaving the seat and adding foam or gel. Seeing as this is my adventure bike I want the seat to be better for long rides.

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9/19/2017 10:07 AM

newmann wrote:

$350.00? WTF happened, the dog eat yours?

That was for a Corbin seat, and from my experience they tend to be more expensive. My brother before he bought his Africa Twin put a Seat Concept one on his L, that ran around 250-300. If this was for my Husky I would just throw a new cover on, but I want to be comfortable while sitting for long distances on highway and forestry roads.

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9/19/2017 10:20 AM

I knew a really good upholsterer. Look at the fine job he did on this KX seat.
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9/19/2017 10:32 AM

VintageRacer wrote:

I knew a really good upholsterer. Look at the fine job he did on this KX seat.
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Hahahaha....

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9/19/2017 10:42 AM

VintageRacer wrote:

I knew a really good upholsterer. Look at the fine job he did on this KX seat.
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WTF!!!!

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9/19/2017 11:14 AM

I'll tell you - I suck at upholstery and leather, and things like that. But I have flawlessly installed 3 or so seat covers without any issues. You just need some patience, a staple remover, and a staple gun. It's really easy man, there are quite a few YouTube videos showing exactly how it's done. Just make sure to start at the front and keep everything tight.

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9/19/2017 12:04 PM

VintageRacer wrote:

I knew a really good upholsterer. Look at the fine job he did on this KX seat.
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Uh oh...

Reminds me of the freshly painted Elsinore tank a friend sent me a pic of with the clear coated over Honda wings stuck on backwards.

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9/19/2017 12:05 PM

VintageRacer wrote:

I knew a really good upholsterer. Look at the fine job he did on this KX seat.
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Ha.....well he did do a nice job!

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