Stretched tank skins and seat question???

"Z"

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I'm preparing to install California Baggers stretch tank skins. I'm concerned about the seat to tank skin match up. Would I be correct in thinking that I should cut the seat to my liking and then cut the skins to match it? Or maybe not cut the seat at all?
 

thecort

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Think you'll need to mod the seat to fit the tank but maybe a little of both. Some stock seats won't work at all because of the seat pan shape.


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InMotionJosh

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You need to get the tank mounted and body worked they way you like it. Then you can mod your seat to fit, or have a new one made. The seat should be made to match the tank in my opinion.
 

"Z"

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Here is a pic of my tank skins. As can be seen they are not cut for the seat at all. Which gives me some options as far as seat shapes. I want the tank and seat to flow together. I don't want the seat to sit on top of the tank.

 

CHAINSAW

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I have the same kit (09 and newer though).


What I did was mount the skins temperarily to the tank and cut them how I wanted it to look.

This pic is before the cut

Then I modified the stock seat to match up.


I have since made my own fiberglass seat pan and making my own custom seat. Doing it this way, it matches up perfectly to the tank.





If you want to make your own seat pan I can post up a how-to I did for another forum. Its pretty simple to do and only takes about $30 worth of materials. Not to mention the pride of doing it yourself which you can't put a price on.

Here is the last picture I have of the seat pan I made. Leather is getting tooled right now, and padding should be here today. Im hoping to have it all completed in the next couple of weeks.


Where you at in Kansas? If you want to do a fiberglass pan but don't feel confident enough maybe we can get together and I can help you in person. Im in the SW corner, north west of Liberal southwest of Garden City.
 
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i have the same stuff i got from dave @ california baggers. heres what i did. i made a custom seat pan like chainsaw and got kinda what i wanted for a rough shape. i cut the covers tight so that i had working room ( you always leave meat.. lol). then i worked them in together cutting a little on each to get my desired look . i wanted my seat to run into the tank flush so i frenched the front part down 1". you can see the flat face that i glassed in. its a little work but the end result will be nice .

shane @ Af kustoms


 

"Z"

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Where you at in Kansas? If you want to do a fiberglass pan but don't feel confident enough maybe we can get together and I can help you in person. Im in the SW corner, north west of Liberal southwest of Garden City.
Thanks for the offer Chainsaw I really appreciate it. I think for now I would like to try to stay with the existing seat and modify it as you did initially. I've read your thread on making your own seat pan. Very informative. However, if you dont have enough to do you can always run over and give me a hand with the RG....LoL. I live on the other end of the state. 400 miles due east of you on highway 160. Maybe the name zman from RG.O rings a bell with you.

We should try to meet up in the middle sometime this spring, if I ever finish up my project. I haven't decided on SWII yet.

Your wife's got a nice CVO there. My wife rides a 06 Batwing. They may like to get together. Not to many women around riding touring bikes.

Thanks for the help!
"Z"
 

CHAINSAW

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Thanks for the offer Chainsaw I really appreciate it. I think for now I would like to try to stay with the existing seat and modify it as you did initially. I've read your thread on making your own seat pan. Very informative. However, if you dont have enough to do you can always run over and give me a hand with the RG....LoL. I live on the other end of the state. 400 miles due east of you on highway 160. Maybe the name zman from RG.O rings a bell with you.

We should try to meet up in the middle sometime this spring, if I ever finish up my project. I haven't decided on SWII yet.

Your wife's got a nice CVO there. My wife rides a 06 Batwing. They may like to get together. Not to many women around riding touring bikes.

Thanks for the help!
"Z"
Oh yeah man, didnt recognize your name here. We need to meet up sometime, and YOU HAVE to go to shark week. Im only doing 1 big trip this year, and shark week is it!


Can you post the link?


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Here is the post
http://www.roadglide.org/showthread.php?t=5306
 

bruce bruce

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I have the same tank covers from California Baggers. I cut some of the frame bracing to run the wiring under where the seat will go. I glassed a piece in to border the new seat that I will have custom made.

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