Have a new cover which I have been reluctant to fit because I've never done this. Not a whole lot of instructions supplied. New material is a lot softer than original cover. How hard do you pull on these things? Do I want it real tight or some what loose? And was thinking of placing electrical tape at the front of pan, to ease the bottom edge it almost feels to sharp . I realize it gets covered by the plastic trim, but it appears as it could rip especially at the front corners. Do I need to cut trim flush or leave a bit longer for shrinkage? Also I am using my original seat foam mainly because it is still good, just figured its better than what I could replace it with. Any tips I sure could use them?
This can be difficult and if your not sure maybe take the seat, foam and cover to an auto upholstery shop and get them to do it for you. Wouldnt cost much and having a professional job done is important as the seat is such an obvious part of any restoration. If you do it yourself put the cover in the sun for about 20 minutes so it is soft and expanded. Fit the cover over the foam when it is still warm, pull it down gently and clip in place. When it cools down it will be tight on the foam. Dont trim the cover until in place and you are happy with the fit. Scott
Thanks for the input you guys. I'm about to recover my seat and was wondering if I should attack that job myself or sub it out to an upholstery shop. I'm going to have the pan powdercoated and then take it to the upholstery shop.
As others have said, it's not that difficult...if you have the right tools (lots of clothespins) and get everything lined up and smoothed out properly it goes quite well. I've done one seat using John Healy's tried-and-true method. His example is for a different year bike, but the mechanics are the same....
And not all triumph seat covers for sale out there are of decent quality. The first one I bought was a piece of junk (before I found BO). After setting it out in the sun for several hours I still tore it trying to get it on. I then bought one from BO and it fit like a glove without any straining.