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BSA Seat Cover Installation Tips #763895
01/29/19 6:59 pm
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Well its dead of winter in New York, Going a little stir crazy.
I figured I do a few projects and upgrades on my mostly original 1970 Thunderbolt.
Seems to be alot of folks working on '70 BSA's these days.
Anyway first project up is replacing my dual seat cover.
My original is torn, worn and the seams are opening up.
The replacement seat cover is from a company called Cyclone and the quality seems on par with my original.
I would like to toss out the cheap plastic trim and 's' clips that came with the replacement and just reuse the seat 'spikes' on the pan and the original bolted in chrome trim.
Anyone out there have suggestions or tips to help me install this cover correctly. Just trying to avoid any mistakes.
The pan and spikes are all accounted for and in good shape.
The seat foam is nice, fully intact, dry and still pliant so I was planning on reusing that.

Thanks in advance, Giovanni

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Re: BSA Seat Cover Installation Tips [Re: gioleo123] #763901
01/29/19 7:41 pm
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I know you mean about being stir crazy.
Best advice I know of for putting a new seat cover on is an article by John Healy in Vintage Bike.
I think you can access this by googling Vintage Bike and going for technical articles— or someone can give you the direct link.
Havent got that to hand as I have retreated to California for a week!
HTH

Re: BSA Seat Cover Installation Tips [Re: Tridentman] #763908
01/29/19 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Tridentman
I know you mean about being stir crazy.
Best advice I know of for putting a new seat cover on is an article by John Healy in Vintage Bike.
I think you can access this by googling Vintage Bike and going for technical articles— or someone can give you the direct link.
Havent got that to hand as I have retreated to California for a week!
HTH


Excellent advice.

I've done a couple of covers recently, came out good.
http://vintagebikemagazine.com/category/technical-articles/


Kurt
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Re: BSA Seat Cover Installation Tips [Re: gioleo123] #763914
01/29/19 9:39 pm
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I agree with what's been written in the John Healy article and would add a couple of thoughts based on replacing seat covers over the years:-
- instead of using clothes pegs, I would invest in a set of 12 or more spring clips which have a greater clamping force and allow the cover to be pulled taught as required, see This Link for examples.
- I use aerosol carpet fixing contact adhesive which makes application of glue easier.
- make sure your seat base is in good condition and doesn't have any rust or cracks, fix these first.
- if the seat foam has perished, it's perfectly possible to buy new foam from upholstery suppliers and trim it to shape. Use contact adhesive to glue it into place on the base.
- to help the new cover fit the foam you can add a suitably sized plastic bag over the foam, trimming off any excess, this helps reduce friction between the foam and cover and assists when pulling the cover tight, make sure the plastic bag just covers the foam and doesnt prevent the cover being glued to the base.

Hope this helps


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Re: BSA Seat Cover Installation Tips [Re: gioleo123] #764028
01/31/19 12:19 am
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I appreciate the replies. Some good stuff in Mr Healy's article. I'm feeling a bit more confident now.
I have some strong binder clips at the office that should do a good job replacing the clothespins to hold the seat in place.
Gunner I like that plastic bag trick. I will definitely give that a try. Thanks Guys!

Re: BSA Seat Cover Installation Tips [Re: gioleo123] #764353
02/03/19 8:41 am
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Slight variation to Gunners Plastic bag.
Wrap the foam in heavy duty glad wrap pallet wrapping is good.
You can even glue the wrapped foam to the base biut I preffer to leave it free.
This way the foam is encased in the plastic so will not suck up water in the rain.

I do the same with the felt covering on sprung saddles.


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