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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-09-2010, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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How to recover seat

There was a link on here with instructions on how to recover a torn seat with a minimal of skill and expense. Does anyone know where it went? I thought I had found it before, but the link was broken. I believe it was at a snowmobile magazine's website.....

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-10-2010, 07:17 PM
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I can't help you, but would be interested also. My seat is in good repair now, but who knows....

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-10-2010, 07:58 PM
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I would PM kcfreeloader and ask his advice. His '88 Phazer seat turned out Awsome! See his post in new post's.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-10-2010, 11:03 PM
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Here's a link to the thread. Just remember to use snowmobile vinyl and a polyester ulpostery thread. I rip up the seams in the old seat cover and use it for a pattern. It's pretty easy and just runs around 15.00 for vinyl. There is another thread on here showing a Summit seat I recovered. The old metal sewing machines handle the vinyl better than the newer ones but it could still be done. Good Luck if you have any ?'s pm me. Heck the link in the thread doesn't work. You might try a search on snowrider

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2010, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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I already saw the above linked post, the link there is broken. The magazine must have deleted the article, since it was too helpful.......

I would appreciate the link to the seat you recovered or the other project referenced above.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2010, 11:27 PM
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There really isn'y any instructions to the one I did and the photo has been pulled off of photobucket. So in a nutshell here's how I do it assuming you already have snowmobile vinyl which is rated to -20 degrees or so.
1. pull the seat off.
2. pull the staples from under the seat
3. Take cover off
4. Go to walmart or sewing store and buy seam ripper
5. Use seam ripper to carefully rips seams in old cover. You could use a razor blade, xacto knife but a seam ripper is easier.
6. Lay old cover pieces onto back side of vinyl as it makes marking easier, make sure you keep old cover sides and new vinyl facing the same way. Trace around it with a sharpie.
7. Cut out pieces.
8. Back to the sewing store to get heavy needles for whatever sewing machine your using. Do like you do when getting parts ...take the old one with you. Also get some polyester or nylon ulphostery thread. Polyester takes UV rays better then nylon.
9. Have your Grand Ma, Mom, wife or whoever you are borrowing the machine from wind your bobbins with thread purchased in step #8. You might also have them give you a run down on the sewing machine operations, thread tension adjustment....ect. Even better yet buy who ever owns the sewing maxchine some rose's, perfume, candy or whatever and have them sew it for you.
10. Measure old seam, it should be 1/2" or so and put a piece of electrical tape whatever measurement is from the needle to the inside of machine. This is so you just keep the edges there and you will have an even seam all the way around. Now start sewing. You can use pins to keep pieces aligned but I just hold them and go slow.
11. Do the glove box flap first. Don't ask how I know this. Then the sides/rear/top/front.
12. If you mess up just take seam ripper, rip seam and redo. Vinyl is pretty forgiving.
13. Now that you have your seat cover all done put it out in the sun if it's summer time if not in the dryer on low heat to warm it up a little
14. Now stretch and staple to seat base.
15. Admire your work, brag to buddies ect.....
It's pretty simple. I left out all the beer drinkin parts do to not knowing if you were legal age or not. If you are of legal age just insert: have a cold one in between each step. Except step 12 is OH sh!t have a six pack I'll redo it tomorrow.

If you have any problems pm me. Look at it this way if you mess up you've only wasted 20 bucks in vinyl. I don't count the beer as I see it as a work bonus. If you do a good job you have braggin rights to all your buddies.

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