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First Post- 1971 JT1 new seat foam and cover installation

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I hear ya, Schu.  That's why I used the term "typically".  I haven't installed a JT cover before.  You've got the experience with that particular  manufacturer.  Your seat looks great.
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Current bikes: 1973 DT3, 1974 TY250, 1969 Triumph Bonneville, 1975 XS650, 1976 XS650, 1982 XS650, 1983 XS650, 2006 FJR1300
01 Apr 2021 14:42 #11

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Ok, sorry for the delay, but I managed to get the seat cover on without cutting the foam. I turned the seat upside down on my workbench, and clamped it down with a screw clamp (not sure if anyone here is familiar- it's a woodworking clamp). By tightening the clamp I compressed the foam , and pulled up gently on the vinyl cover to get some slack. I compressed the foam to the point of the seat nearly touching the table , and pushed the edges into the clips. Working my way back to front, and closing them as I went . Took the clamp off, and seat now looks great! Thanks for the help. One last question though, what do I do with the String in the sewn edge of the cover? Tie it together? Thanks rob
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Hey Rob,   Congrats !!
Would be great if you shared some photos.
I don't know of these particular covers you are using, but I think you would tie the string ends together.
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Interesting using a clamp to compress the foam some. Once I just called one of my sons over from his homework and had him stand on the inverted seat pan while I poked all the points through the vinyl. (Just don't ask your wife to do it.)
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Looks pretty good to me- I'll confess I'm a 16 year old kid doing this with my dad so the tips really helped me out! 
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Congrats and welcome, Rob! 11 years ago I was brand new at this, and they've taught me a thing or two as well over the years. Lots of these guys owned them way back when, and some have worked in Yamaha Dealerships, too, over the years.
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Well done Rob !!
Your bike looks super.

You've now got more likes than posts !

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One more thought for you, Rob, is to make a cut and paste file of important things you might forget, though at your age, your memory is probably twice as good as many of us in our 60's and 70's. But since I was a lurker, I have been cutting and pasting everything from 'Buchannon's for spokes and wheels' to 'Enduronut's break-in procedure' so that when I pass these on to my sons and before they sell them, they'll know at least how to start one and that it's one down and four up! I go through it every now and then and arrange all the new stuff into the categories of the partzilla headings, just to have them indexed in some searchable manner.
Best wishes for a long ride on yours!
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