I was wondering if I could get some recommendations as to how to go about putting a solo seat on my rebel. Is there a way to use the old seat with a modified bracket? Are there solo seats specifically made for the rebel? Do I have to shell out a bunch of money for a custom made seat? I know these are a lot of questions, but I am fairly new to mods of any kind. Input would be greatly appreciated.
You could just remove the rear seat and have a solo. Might want to send it off and have better foam added for a better ride if you suffer from the tired butt syndrome on longer rides. Some have filled in the bolt holes for the rear seat, others have added a small bag on back, which would be the easiest to do.
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Corbin makes a seat for the Rebel. I think it goes for a couple hundred bucks. There are gel pads, and covers of all sorts to make your stock seat more comfortable. Some have also removed the tailbone plate to allow sitting back a couple inches. There are numerous options, based on how handy you are, how much you are willing to spend and how concerned you are with aesthetics.
Thanks for the replies and the input. I am contemplating using the original front seat. I am gonna remove the original bracket which is made to allow the back seat to slide into it. I am going to TRY to fabricate a new bracket which will include springs. Maybe I will drill a couple of holes into the fender to mount another set of bolts to retain the springs. I am wondering if this feasible? It might look kind of dumb, since most solo seats are low profile. hhmmm.
I think it would be very feasible. If you want a low profile seat, uncover the foam and shave it down to about the thikness you want. I would use a electric carving knife if you have one (your local thrift store should have a cheep one). It dosent have to be perfect but as close as you can get it. You'll need to glue on a thin layer of foam to even it out (dont skip this or you'll be able to see every cut you made on the foam through the vinyl). I like the 3M spray glue in the rattle can to stick the foams together. Then recover it with some new vinyl or leather if your so inclined. You should be able to find the foam and vinyl at any fabric store. You may even be able to find the spray glue there too. If not a hardware store wil have it. Hope this helps!