So I redid my seat today with a Seat Concepts foam and cover kit.
High Density foam for my fat ar2e
Carbon style vinyl cover
flat head screw driver - to pry the staples up
pliers - to pull staples out if stuck
staple gun - recommended to use a air compressor air stapler
stainless steel staples - 6mm (1/4in) legs
contact spray adhesive - I did not use it
silicone spray - I did not use it
I was quoted $120 by 2 auto upholstery shop to fit the seat! WTF!
so I bought the tools...
In Australia I purchased my gear here:
Seat concepts seat was custom ordered through http://www.adventuremoto.com.au/
Air Staple Gun (80 series, 6-16mm leg): $19.95 Ozito @Bunnings
Stainless steel staples (80 Series, 6mm leg, Qty 500): $9.95 http://www.whitworths.com.au/
(Note: Stainless Steel 80 Series Staples are only available in small quantities from http://www.whitworths.com.au/
and I took the tightarse option)
I take no responsibility for your mistakes putting this together.
Use this as a guide as there is no install instruction for plastic wrapping a 2 part foam seat.
If you staple your finger during your install - that is all on you, and you allow us to laugh.
Please read through my guide a few times before doing any work.
Look at the pictures so you can see how I set the seam edges and staples.
1: take off the stock cover and foam by undoing the rusty staples:
- Stick the screwdriver flat blade under the staple (or just the corner) and then twist and lever back against the edge of the plastic seat pan to lift the staple up. Use pliers to fully remove - it is easier.
- Go around and remove all staples.
- in the middle of the pan undo the staples holding the cord, then slip the cord off the plastic pegs - helps to push from the cover side against the seam to reduce cord tension.
- pull cover off and remove the foam
2: Follow the video examples on Youtube - search Seat Concepts Install
3: watch the install videos again!
4: decide if you are going to wrap the foam in plastic or not! If not then skip the bagging steps. The install videos tell you plastic wrapping will help protect the foam from water soaking in as the cover seams are not water proof.
- problem! how do you wrap plastic around a 2 piece foam seat split by the rear seat hump seam pull tags!
- I did not use SC method and use the supplied thin plastic sheet. Water will still get into from the open edge under the foam. Sooo I just used the thick shipping plastic bags that the foam came in - rear foam came in a small bag, and it was all placed into a larger bag.
- Slip rear seat foam font edge to the small bags bottom edge. this means that the bags open end will be pulled back to the rear of the seat.
- Slip the front foam rear edge to the large bags bottom edge. this means that the bags open end will be pulled to the front of the seat.
- the seat hump seam tags that pull the hump to the pan then do not break the waterproofing now.
- Since the foam is fully bagged, I cannot use contact spray adhesive to glue the foam to the pan. I did not need to anyway.
- I also did not need to use silicone spray to help slip the cover around.
5: mount the cover hump 3 pull tags by pushing the tages throu the holes and slip the tag over the plastic peg. Put some staples above and below the plastic pegs to hold the tags in place.
6: take your bagged rear seat foam and center it in the bag. stick it up under the cover against the hump and pull the plastic bag evenly out to the sides. (Note: You will be pulling the plastic and the cover over the edge and up under the pan just like in the SC install videos and stapling them together to the pan.) Gather the open end of the bag over the rear of the pan and then pull cover over the back pan edge. Align pan center with cover seam, pull a little tight so the top seam sits on the back edge of the foam and not on top. Put 2 staples inside pan over the seam to hold in place, maybe one staple either side as well.
7: take your bagged front foam and center it in the bag. stick it up under the cover against the hump and pull the plastic bag evenly out to the sides. (Note: You will be pulling the plastic and the cover over the edge and up under the pan just like in the SC install videos and stapling them together to the pan.) Gather the open end of the bag over the the front and spread wide over the wings.
8: Remember the videos on how to start... Pull the front cover over the wings and evenly align the seams onto the inside edge of the front wings and drop a few holding staples on the wing seams to hold in place. The new foam is thicker at the front edge now compared to stock, so make sure you pull down the cover and feel where the plastic pan is for stapling. My seam is about 10-15mm (~1/2 inch) below the foam front edge and I stapled low (see my pics)
9: Use the video as a guide to stapling around the pan.
- Remember to staple the long sides first after you pull and tug and get the cover even. then work along small sections of the edges zig zagging opposite sides of the pan to keep the tension even from side to side and working out any wrinkles and looseness.
Hint: EDGES go front to back all the way around the seat and what you pull the cover over and back up inside the pan, SIDES are up and down, so a long side is the lowest edge of the pan and furthest away from the seat top.
10: cut the excess open end of the plastic bags back to the vinyl. You can see the plastic sticking out a bit at the rear and the front that I cut in the pictures below. I did not cut any other part of the plastic bag that is sticking out. I just folded it over and tucked it under the vinyl flap. I did not have to cut any of the vinyl as there was no excess and no issues with seat pan moldings hindering the cover as in some of the videos.