Tractor to Solo Seat Tutorial Gear Up and Retro - Uses HD Police Solo and springs

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Tractor to Solo Seat Tutorial Gear Up and Retro - Uses HD Police Solo and springs

Post by bluepatrol » Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:32 pm

Hi all,

Been a while since I posted, so thought that this one would be helpful.

I created this document after many days of a sore arse on tractor seats on my retro and gear up. I did one last fall and one today and combined them into one PDF document. The seats are sturdy, very comfy and I wish everyone good luck with their own project. This project uses some simple drilling, grinding and fitment. Its designed to get anyone up and running with their own version without being a welder or fabricator. Go slow and be careful and always wear safety glasses.

I think you will like the result.
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Post by Lokiboy » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:01 am

Very nicely done. A great document for anyone wishing to install a solo seat.

I hope they make this a sticky
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Post by stagewex » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:37 am

I'm okay with the regular tractor seat(s). But if I ever did want to change to an HD seat your write-up is an excellent reference source.
Thanks for posting.
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Post by reduc » Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:09 am

Excellent write up for a topic that has come up many times! Nice work!
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Post by TheWildOne » Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:37 pm

never mind. :oops:
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Post by reimerdavid » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:18 am

Nice post ! Does anyone know what to replace the rubber tube covering the hand hold on a tractor type seat set up. The rubber on my 2009 Gear-Up needs replacing.

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Post by darkhorse » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:03 am

This is an excellent document. I have a 2001 Deco Classic and I recently purchased a Harley Police seat. Does anyone know if the Deco Classic is similar to the Ural Retro?
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Post by DneprTim » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:11 pm

reimerdavid wrote:Nice post ! Does anyone know what to replace the rubber tube covering the hand hold on a tractor type seat set up. The rubber on my 2009 Gear-Up needs replacing.
I used Heat Shrink tubing on one, I think It took 3 layers, shrinking each one before I did the next.

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Post by hotflash44 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:26 am

Hi, guys, im new to the ural world but old to motorcycles. as many ural owners im in a hunt for the proper seat you know the one God uses on his ural. so far im getting close but i will not listen to older ural riders i must find out the expensive hard way. so 2016 gu stock tractor seat not so good,tractor seat with ural pad eh!, $50 memory foam/gel cover eh!, now the $299.99 raceway delux solo seat with springs seems good looks original to the bike.only time and a$$ hair will tell for sure.couldent help but notice people who buy the expensive hd solo seat and create some fancy mounting hardware they dont look much more different than what i have of course if the posterior is bigger than mine that could effect it.just sayin!! spent my youth on enduro/bench seats with good results but i was younger and thinner than.
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Post by brianural » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:31 pm

hotflash44 wrote:Hi, guys, im new to the ural world but old to motorcycles. as many ural owners im in a hunt for the proper seat you know the one God uses on his ural. so far im getting close but i will not listen to older ural riders i must find out the expensive hard way. so 2016 gu stock tractor seat not so good,tractor seat with ural pad eh!, $50 memory foam/gel cover eh!, now the $299.99 raceway delux solo seat with springs seems good looks original to the bike.only time and a$$ hair will tell for sure.couldent help but notice people who buy the expensive hd solo seat and create some fancy mounting hardware they dont look much more different than what i have of course if the posterior is bigger than mine that could effect it.just sayin!! spent my youth on enduro/bench seats with good results but i was younger and thinner than.
I got the same seat listed in the write-up for $50 shipped on ebay, made my own mounting hardware for $20. Total expended was $80 and a couple hours work. If you search ebay, you can find decent deals on seats.
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Post by hotflash44 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:42 pm

thanks for the reply, i did look on ebay didnt see the raceway deluxe solo seat anywhere.so bit the bullet and got the new seat kind of like the bolt on aspect out of the box just hard to get the old bolts out they are allen head on top and nylon lock nut on bottom.its just hard to get a wrench on the nuts under the seat but i did it. i saw a few Harley police solo seats converted to fit the Ural but they dont look right to big imho.
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Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:08 am

I'm using a large British replica LYCETTE saddle, It is much more comfortable than the original seat, & looks the correct vintage. I had to install a different bushing on my Ural mount, & devise spring mounts. I like it a lot, I use "imitation Buffalo Fur" covers to protect from UV rays & add more cush. The covers are actually Lg. SHAG Toilet Lid Covers from wal Mart.
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Post by HKsMike » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:22 am

Thanks for posting this. I've got a gear up and have been trying to figure out the best way to do this. Your method looks really clean and relatively simple.

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Post by outrider » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:03 pm

INSUBORDINATOR wrote:I'm using a large British replica LYCETTE saddle, It is much more comfortable than the original seat, & looks the correct vintage. I had to install a different bushing on my Ural mount, & devise spring mounts. I like it a lot, I use "imitation Buffalo Fur" covers to protect from UV rays & add more cush. The covers are actually Lg. SHAG Toilet Lid Covers from wal Mart.
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That's a nice comfortable looking seat even without the cover.
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Post by lwcollmann » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:12 am

I replaced my 2004 retro saddle with a day long Russell saddle.I have had lots of them and like them.
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