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#539655 - 04/24/14 7:12 am Fitting seat covers  
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I'm planning on fitting a new seat cover to my 81 Bonnie seat this weekend.
Does anyone have any tips for this?, I seem to recall reading something once about putting the cover in the sun beforehand to soften up. Its only going to be in the low to mid 20's (celcius) here this weekend. Would that be warm enough?
Or do I just stretch it as much as possible cold?
Cheers Mossy


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#539665 - 04/24/14 8:21 am Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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#539690 - 04/24/14 11:42 am Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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Mossy if you click around and find John Healy's magazine you can access a tech section with a nice article including pics. Maybe look in the sponsor section, or somebody will know.

#539692 - 04/24/14 11:48 am Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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#539695 - 04/24/14 12:01 pm Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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Lacking sunshine, and that has been happening a lot here in the North East, I have been known to pop a cover on a baking sheet and put it on the lower shelf in a 100 F oven.

That's 100 degree Farenheit. Not 150 or that Celsius nonsense smile

I also have a 150 quartz light over my work bench which I place 6" to 8" over the cover when the cover is getting stiff in an area I am working with. Be careful as these covers will not take a lot of heat before they start to melt.

Even my worst cover job done on a cold day improves 100% the first time the bike see some sunshine! So if its a cold day get it close to perfect and let the first rays of sunshine finish the job. I say its amazing what a day in the sun will do to a wrinkled seat cover.

Last edited by John Healy; 04/24/14 12:07 pm.

#539706 - 04/24/14 1:37 pm Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: John Healy]  
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Frr installing vinyl seat covers over foam I use a plastic trash baggie. really helps to get the cover fitted tightly.


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#539749 - 04/24/14 7:12 pm Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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Thanks for that, the clothes pegs are a great idea.
Cheers Mossy


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1979 T140E
1951 6T Thunderbird Project
1981 T140E
1948 Speed Twin project
1976 Bonneville/Tiger Trail replica
2015 Bonneville T100
1949 Excelsior 197 Roadmaster project
1950 Excelsior 250 Talisman project
#539768 - 04/24/14 8:40 pm Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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Hillbilly I don't understand the plastic bag. You wrap the foam in a bag?

#539813 - 04/25/14 9:05 am Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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I think you use the bag as a slip mat as a DJ might

I'd bung the cover in a bucket of hot water. It's waterproof after all (hopefully?)

get it hot and wring it out, bung it on sharpish

#539821 - 04/25/14 10:54 am Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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Even those spring snap clothes pins aren't what they used to be. The springs on the ones made today are much weaker than the ones your mother used. I have had mine for 30, or more years. When I find myself at a yard sale I am always on the search for replacements.

The other trick I use is a non-slip mat to place the seat on when you are working on it. As I do a lot of seats I have a professional Baker's Matt that I use (available at Bed, Bath and Beyond). It is amazing how much easier the job is when you are not chasing the seat around the table. I have used a matt that is used as an adaptive surface to hold things like food plates in place for people with disabilities. The Baker's Matt is thicker and offers some protection as you move the seat around.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/pr...ategoryId=12047

They also make less expensive ones starting at $14.99. Great for baking your favorite cookies, holding a piece of wood while you use a router on it or putting on seat covers.

The hot water trick does work, but does it make a mess while your working on it.


#539897 - 04/25/14 11:05 pm Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: John Healy]  
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You might find a few tips here:

http://bullfire.net/Triumph/Triumph48/Triumph48.html

It's my site.

Ed



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#539956 - 04/26/14 10:44 am Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: leon bee]  
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Originally Posted By: leon bee
Hillbilly I don't understand the plastic bag. You wrap the foam in a bag?


I used to do school bus seat cover repairs as a side job....Bag slipped over the seat foam, pull it tight. Then work the seat cover on by slapping the cover with your palms working from the center on out. Then I flip the seat over put a foot or knee into it and pull up the sides then press down to compress the foam while securing the cover. The cover needs to be pulled tight as possible. Old sacked out foam won't work as well....


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#540130 - 04/27/14 5:38 pm Re: Fitting seat covers [Re: Mossy]  
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Well I think it turned out OK, time will tell I guess.
I used the original foam which was in good nick still, though the plastic covering was disintegrating.
A garbage bag made the perfect replacement plastic cover.
Only difference between this and the original is that the word Triumph is a bit lower on the cover.



Cheers Mossy


1960 TR6B
1954 based Thunderbird Salt Lake Racer
1979 T140E
1951 6T Thunderbird Project
1981 T140E
1948 Speed Twin project
1976 Bonneville/Tiger Trail replica
2015 Bonneville T100
1949 Excelsior 197 Roadmaster project
1950 Excelsior 250 Talisman project

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