Even though you probably don’t think much about your machine’s seat, it is one of its more important parts. After all, not only does your seat provide you with a comfortable ride, but it also helps you hold onto your machine during high-performance rides. Regardless of the type of machine you ride, you must keep your seat in tip-top shape. Fortunately, a cruiser, sportbike, ATV or dirt bike seat cover install is a simple project you can tackle in a weekend.
When you are ready to replace the seat cover on your motorcycle, ATV or another type of machine, you must have the right information to do the job correctly. This following video and this step-by-step guide make your motorcycle, ATV or dirt bike seat cover replacement a breeze.
Before You Start
It can be easy to ignore the quality of your bike’s seat. After all, you likely want to spend your hard-earned cash on upgrades to boost the power and overall performance of your machine. You cannot, however, neglect your motorcycle’s seat. What does a seat cover do on a motorcycle?
Your motorcycle’s seat cover does a variety of things. First, it gives you someplace to sit. As you know, though, stock motorcycle seats can be uncomfortable. If you are looking for an immediate way to improve the quality of your ride, replacing a stock, old, damaged or ineffective seat may be one of the best improvements you can make.
You cannot leave your cruiser, sport, ATV or dirt bike seat cover install to chance. On the contrary, you must choose quality components that allow you to preserve the look, performance, value, and condition of your machine.
You do not want to start your seat cover project only to have to stop and find tools. Fortunately, to achieve success, you only need a few tools. Here is a list of everything you need to pull off your bike’s seat cover replacement:
- A flat screwdriver
- Staple gun
- A buddy
- Utility knife
Step 1: Removing the Old Cover
Before you can install a new seat cover on your bike, you must remove the old one. After detaching the seat from your motorcycle, you must flip the seat over. This allows you to access dozens or hundreds of staples that hold the old seat cover onto the seat. You can likely remove the old cover by wiggling a flat-headed screwdriver beneath each staple. You may also need to use pliers to grab and remove each staple. Work your way around the bottom of the seat cover, removing every staple you see. Be careful not to damage the foam or hard plastic beneath the cover, though.
Step 2: Dry Fit the New Cover
After you have removed the old cover, you are ready to dry-fit the new cover for your cruiser, dirt bike or ATV seat cover install. Patience is the key when it comes to fitting your new seat cover on your bike’s seat. That is, you do not want to rush through the fitment process. If you do, you may find that your new cover does not look like it fits your bike’s seat perfectly.
When you are fitting the new cover, start with the front. Pull the cover securely over the front of the seat, making sure it fits the front corners of the seat perfectly. Then, move to the back of the cover and fit it into place, again ensuring that each corner fits snugly. You should see no wrinkles at either the front or the rear of the new cover. If you notice wrinkling, you probably do not have the cover fitted properly in each of the seat’s four corners.
Step 3: Temporarily Staple the New Cover in Place
If you are wondering how to change a seat cover, you should know about dry fitting. Dry fitting your new seat cover tells you that it fits your bike’s seat perfectly. Once you fit the seat in place, you probably need a bit of assistance for the next step. Grab a buddy and ask him to help you hold the cover in place while you staple it.
With a staple gun, place two or three staples on the underside of the seat to hold the front of the seat cover in place. Then, move to the back of the cover and place a few staples to hold the back in place. Your assistant should hold the seat cover securely, making sure not to cause wrinkles or creases. If you notice one forming, remove the staple and replace it.
Once you secure the front and back with temporary staples, move to the sides. Place a couple of staples at the midway point on either side. Along with the staples at the front and back, these side staples should allow you to visualize the completed seat. That is, you should be able to tell if the seat cover is fitting properly.
Finally, pay attention to the thickness of the plastic that holds the staples. There is a good chance the seat’s plastic varies in thickness. If you shoot a staple into the thinner part of the seat, you risk having the staple poke through the cover. Accordingly, always be certain you are placing staples in the thickest part of the seat’s plastic.
Step 3: Trim Excess Material
Once you have temporarily secured the new seat cover in place, you may begin to place permanent staples around the bottom of the seat. Before you do, though, you should trim any excess material from the seat cover. Put simply, if you leave too much material, your repaired seat may not fit onto your bike.
When trimming excess material, you must walk a fine line. That is, while you do not want to leave too much material, you do not want to trim the fabric too much. If you do, you may not be able to secure the cover with staples. A utility knife or scissors work well for trimming extra fabric.
Step 4: Place Permanent Staples
The last step in installing a new seat cover is to place permanent staples. Work your way around the seat, placing staples approximately every inch. Watch for puckering, wrinkles or creases to form. If they do, remove and replace permanent staples to secure the seat cover.
Now that you know how to replace a damaged seat cover, you are ready to begin your project. By choosing top-quality components from well-known manufacturers, you can be certain your cruiser, ATV, sport bike or dirt bike seat cover install is successful.