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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Riser Block for Front Seat Lift Mod

As some have noticed, the seat on the Versys is tilted forwards just a little bit too much. There are a few remedies for this, from a new seat cover, to using piles of washers to lift the front end of the stock seat. I have come up with what I think, is a low cost yet elegant solution: A 3D printed Riser Block!

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As you can see, it lifts the front of the seat up just a little bit (12mm) to give you a much more comfortable ride.

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I have about 600+ miles on my riser block and it has been holding up great. By popular demand, I have decided to start making these for other people! These will be printed in black or silver, depending on what materials I have on hand. IF you need a specific color, let me know, I will try to accommodate.

Price is $14 shipped anywhere in the US, I accept Paypal. Add $14 for Canada shipping. Add $5 for 45mm bolts.

To order, click the following link and pay the $14 via Paypal
paypal.me/jakedrews/14
Be sure to include your name, email, username AND shipping address in the memo field. This helps me better track on who ordered what. Currently, I am about 1 week from shipping orders made after 9/1.

IMPORTANT: $14 only covers the block, you will need to purchase (2) M6 x 45mm flange head cap screws to mount this properly.

If you or a friend has a 3D printer, you can download the files required to print your own riser block here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1775953
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Does the block rest on anything, or does it have enough strength to hold it's shape?


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This looks really interesting!

Do I need to come up with longer bolts?
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This looks really interesting!

Do I need to come up with longer bolts?
Fast Eddie pioneered this idea with a metal plate and some spacers. Yours is of course a little cleaner, but same idea. I am sure he can clarify what you need in new bolts.

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@steve1503 the block is designed to rest on the tank flange. This gives it more support to keep from bending or breaking.

@zirconx Yes, you will need longer bolts. The bolts on your machine are 25mm long, you will need 50mm long bolts. If there is enough demand, I *could* supply bolts, but would rather not. I am not trying to make a lot of money here, but I need to cover my costs.

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Measurements on my 2009 are: 60mm on center for the bolts, 5.4mm washer & rubber isolator thickness
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NOTE: This was designed for the 2015 Versys 650. I *think* it will fit older models, but I cant make any promises at this point. I have had several customers check dimensions and it looks like it should work. I will report back once we have a few in the field.

YES - same for the THREE Gens of V650s. (I took the "lift" off my '09 when the insurance came for it, and mounted it onto my '15. (I BELIEVE the length of bolts I bought are 45mm....)

BTW - I was NOT the guy that originated this mod. It was pretty much in general use when I joined the Forum and then got my '08, BIG RED, in September 2008.

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Can you take a profile pic of the bike with this installed? Thanks.
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@fasteddiecopeman 45mm is probably right, my hardware store only had 50mm, but they seemed ok.

Production!


First batch should ship on Saturday
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@fasteddiecopeman 45mm is probably right, my hardware store only had 50mm, but they seemed ok.

Production!


First batch should ship on Saturday
Lookin' good!


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Hi all,

Just shipped 3 units today. More will ship next week. I had a lot more orders than I had anticipated, so some of the later orders might not ship until the end of next week. I will notify everyone in my list later today of the status of their orders.

Also, shipping and the mailer envelopes were a little more expensive than I expected, so from today forward, I am bumping the price of these risers to $14 to better to cover my costs. Also, Canada shipping is now $14. (holy cow! How can I buy a $5 item from Hong Kong, free shipping, but It costs me $14 to ship 30grams of plastic to Canada??)

Thanks everyone!

@chrisfla1 I will try to post something later today.
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If you get enough of these going out, or ship a lot of stuff, a stamps membership may be worth your time. I just use my ebay account to print extra labels for now at the discounted rates .
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If you get enough of these going out, or ship a lot of stuff, a stamps membership may be worth your time. I just use my ebay account to print extra labels for now at the discounted rates .
good call, we will see if it picks up. thanks for the suggestion.
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As some may know, I had a few printer issues this week...but I am back in business! Shipping at least 6 more blocks today, and more on Monday.

Thank you all for your orders. I had no idea that this would be as popular as it has been.


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I just installed my riser block yesterday and rode into work this morning. Install was a piece of cake, 5 minutes tops. The improvement over the stock height is very noticeable and great! I have a 2009 Versys and I also ride with an Alaska Sheepskin buttpad https://alaskaleather.com/collection...pskin-buttpads. Overall a great mod and well worth it!
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I just installed my riser block yesterday and rode into work this morning. Install was a piece of cake, 5 minutes tops. The improvement over the stock height is very noticeable and great! I have a 2009 Versys and I also ride with an Alaska Sheepskin buttpad https://alaskaleather.com/collection...pskin-buttpads. Overall a great mod and well worth it!

Got mine also I agree !!!

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Received mine, but not installed yet. Looking forward to testing it out soon! I'm in the middle of moving this week, plus it is rainy, so it will have to wait until next week.
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Got mine on Monday, installed in maybe 5 minutes. As many have said, it does make a noticeable difference in rider comfort. I have the MotoWerks footpeg lowering blocks also.

I really like the fact that it is a purpose built piece.

Thanks again for making these available!

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I got mine, thanks, got the longer bolts and in it went.
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Got mine today.
Bought two bolts 45MM long and two flat washers from NAPA. Cost 65 cents. Took less than 5 min. to install.
Did a 30 mile test ride.
This mod will not make you feel like you just bought a custom seat. However it will make you much more comfortable. Best $14 I ever spent. I highly recommend this riser block.

Thanks Rawkstar 320 for producing a well made product, that every Versys owner needs.
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