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  • Vintage Motorcycle Seat Restoration - CB200

    Thanks Becky for giving me the confidence to attempt this myself! A few notes for anyone else who reads down this far:1. I worked with a local upholstery shop and purchased automotive-grade foam from them. I got two densities, firm for the structure and the "hump" and soft that I used for the seating area. They also gave me specs for how much foam to leave past the seat pan so that they could make the cover (I don't have the skills or access to a heavy-duty sewing machine so they made the cover based on the foam I carved.)2. The foam shaver tool is invaluable. They sell them in the big box hardware stores in the wood working area as a rasp. It's perfect for shaping and smoothing out edges and mistakes! Don't be tempted to buy a bigger one, you won't need it. 3. I used an electri…

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    Thanks Becky for giving me the confidence to attempt this myself! A few notes for anyone else who reads down this far:1. I worked with a local upholstery shop and purchased automotive-grade foam from them. I got two densities, firm for the structure and the "hump" and soft that I used for the seating area. They also gave me specs for how much foam to leave past the seat pan so that they could make the cover (I don't have the skills or access to a heavy-duty sewing machine so they made the cover based on the foam I carved.)2. The foam shaver tool is invaluable. They sell them in the big box hardware stores in the wood working area as a rasp. It's perfect for shaping and smoothing out edges and mistakes! Don't be tempted to buy a bigger one, you won't need it. 3. I used an electric turkey carving knife for getting the basic shape down (I also laser-cut some templates which really helped.)4. Go slow! Foam is forgiving but you don't want to take too much off. Just remove a little bit at a time, check it, and do it again. Try not to overdo it!The results came out better than I ever hoped!Happy riding!

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