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How to make a step seat


How I did my step seat.

I started with 6 layers of 1/4” closed cell foam glued together to make a block to fit my seat. The size is up to you. This is the second time I’ve done this so I knew where I wanted to make my step at from riding with on that was to far back. I think that the best way to find out where you need it is to get in an attack position on your bike and have some one mark it to where you butt is at. Make sure that you position is good and you elbows are up and head up over the bars / tank.

1st I removed the seat cover and marked the original seat foam on where I wanted to start my step seat.


From here I glued my block of foam to the seat with Elmer’s spray glue. This step includes the knife that I used to get the basic shape of the step. I’ve found that a very harp bread knife works well. I have also heard of using an electric fillet knife as well. I forgot to take the picture before I started shaping the seat but you can see how I started.

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From here I just worked my way to close to the shape that I wanted to get. I took off very small amounts of foam at a time because it’s really hard to get it back on there if you take too much off.

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After I had the shape that I wanted I smoothed out the ridges that were created from the knife with some 80 grit sand paper. I would guess that 100 would work better because the 80 kind of tore it more than sanded it. When I was happy with the finish, pretty smooth not perfect but the seat cover will cover up most flaws. This part really makes a mess. If you can do it outside so that it’s easy to sweep up.

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At that point you are done with the step seat and now you need to put the seat cover on.

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I have a few wrinkles in the seat cover but it’s brand new and I’m going to try to stretch it again after I put a few rides on it and it softens up. Here is a shot of my 1st step seat that I did just to show the difference.

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I'm also going to submit this article in the technical section as well. Do you guys see anything that I messed up or that I'm not clear on?

Here is a link for a place that you can buy closed cell foam. I've never used them but this is what you are looking for.


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