New seat cover HELP!!!!

I just got 3 new seat covers for our bikes. We got the N-Style ultra and would like some advise on how to procede. Do you guys always remove the old cover or just put the new one over it? Where is the best place to start. I think I should remove the old one to cut down on weight and to get a better fit. If you guys have and hard learned advise, I would love to hear it.

By the way I got to ride practice on a real MX track in Lake Geneva Wisconsin last night. All I can say about my first real MX riding is -- OUCH,it hurts!!!! And I am hooked. Also my wife actually WANTS me to try racing!! Did I get lucky or what?

I took the wuss route and had an upholstery shop do mine for $20. Turned out pretty good. If you want to do it yourself though here is some directions I got from another board, hope this help:

An air or electric staple gun makes it much easier since the tip usually fits

in the corners better.

Make sure the staples you use are not much longer than the base is thick or you

may feel a surprise when you hit big bumps sitting down.

Remove the mounting brackets.

Use 3M spray adhesive to secure the foam to the base.

You can leave the cover in the sun for a while to heat it up and make it easier

to work. If you live in a colder area leave it in the car on a sunny day.

Hook the front of the cover over the front of the seat, then pull it tight

towards the back of the seat, make sure it is straight and use one or two

staples to secure the back. The cover should be taught.

Move to the front and line up the seam with the bottom of the seat (ie part

closest to the tank. Use a staple in each corner and one in the center to keep

it tight and straight.

Now move to the corner where the base starts its upward angle (near the base of

the seat tank junction) and pull the cover over that edge. Pull it tight and

make sure you keep any graphics even. Use a couple of staples to hold it and

place them about a half inch from the edge of the cover in the flat are towards

the center of the seat. Don't worry about getting them right on the edge at

this point. These will hold the cover in place while you work. You can remove

these if you want after you go around the edge in the later steps.

Repeat on the other side.

Now the cover is held on at four points and should allow you to make sure it is


At this point I usually work at 1/2 the distance between the points that are

stapled. Pull the cover tight and make sure the tightest part is lined up

where you want it when you staple. Also make sure there are no wrinkles.

Keep doing this until the cover is tight and secured at every 2-3 inches around

the base. Put these staples about 1/4 inch from the edge of the base. Try to

staple up into the base not out towards the edge. This way if they go through

they won't cut the cover.

Now you can go back and fill in the gaps until you have enough staples to give

even hold around the base. Make sure any tight spots are supported by more

than one staple, this will help prevent tears.

Trim excess cover material but leave at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch beyond the

staples. If you trim to close it will tear easier.

If you find the staples are not going all of the way in press the stapler

harder and make sure it is flat against what you are stapling. If you still

have a problem you can use a screwdriver or tool with a blunt end to push them

in tight.

If you find the cover is not going on to your liking at any point during the

process you can always remove the staples and make adjustments.

Take your time at the beginning and make sure everything is lined up.

put new seat cover in dryer for about 15minutes before you put it on.makes it a little easier to stretch and when material cools it contracts for tighter fit.

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