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post #1 of 20 Old 02-23-2019, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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A minor cure for reducing the forward seat slant

I'm still enjoying my Spencer modded seat. Went out for a 120 mile ride this AM. But even in spite of the Spencer mod, there is still the ever so slightest forward slope.

So when I got home, I pulled off the seats and said to myself, "How can I raise the front of the seat w/out changing too much of the angle or appearance?" The solution was simple. No, it's not a complete fix to the forward slant but it is an incremental improvement that took about 3m of time and cost practically nothing. You'll only need a few small washers for each bolt & an appropriate sized wrench. Here goes-

Underneath the front of the seat is a support bar, which holds the rear of the gas tank in place. 2 small bolts hold the bar to the frame. Loosen the bolts and lift up the bar. Place the washers underneath the bar, reinstall and tighten the bolts back down- voila. Instant reduction in slope w/no negatives associated.

I used 3 thin metal washers on each side, so it only raised the front of the seat maybe 1/3" give or take. I could've added more but I wanted to use the least amount possible at first, keep the stock bolts, and not create a visual gap between the seat and frame, which you can see there is none.

I took the bike out for a quick spin and by golly, even though this was a cheap, quick fix, it worked. I may add more washers but for now, blammo. All done.







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post #2 of 20 Old 02-23-2019, 05:26 PM
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That is a creative, out of the box way of thinking. The next long ride you get to take let us know your thoughts on how much it helped.

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I like it....you can also play with the rear seat bumpers. Just like the front, you can do much, but there are a few mm available there, too.
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did that

Did that a couple of years ago.....actually had a mechanic use a re-thread inserted into the existing hole with about quarter inch or slightly more of additional spacer height to raise the front of the seat. Then I wanted to change the air filter a few weeks ago and the re-threads dis-attached.when i moved tank up. When I put it back together I just used a few metal spacers and the oem bolts...seems to work..I think a set of rubber grommets would be a better solution than metal washers...if i ever decide to change it again.....
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Yes, I agree, rubber grommets would probably be a better choice but would also require replacing from time to time. This was merely a quick fix experiment so I'll keep experimenting!
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thanks for the info that's a great idea.
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I like that, I'll give it a try. Everything I need to do this is already in the garage.
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Nice work Spectreman, very creative and thanks for sharing, its tips like this that make this site a valued accessory in the N1K tool kit!!
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Yes, I agree, rubber grommets would probably be a better choice but would also require replacing from time to time. This was merely a quick fix experiment so I'll keep experimenting!
I used rubber washers from the local hardware store. Lessens the tank vibration a bit and as a side effect, raises the front of the seat even though it wasn't an issue for me.
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I need to this,,,,I don't really have the vibration problems in the bars and the pegs that many refer too but man do I ever get it in the front of the seat at 7500,,. This is a must do mod for me and right in line with my 2019 budget,,.

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