Will this seat fit?

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51Hog
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Will this seat fit?

#1

Post by 51Hog » Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:08 am

Any chance I can fit this seat on my rigid pan without any frame or fender mods?
I have no idea how this seat works, but it looks like it could handle my wife and myself.
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#2

Post by FlatHeadSix » Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:13 am

Wow Dale, quite a contraption. It looks like the studs and spacers towards the front would almost mount to a standard T-bar but I don't know where you're going to go with the 4-bar linkage and all the rest of that stuff. It almost looks like a complete soft tail rear suspension system. I've never messed with anything like that, but if it came off of a Harley it was probably a shovel.

Like Cotten has said many times, you can make just about anything work. But, I seriously doubt if you could mount that on the '51 hardtail without modifying something.

good luck!, what's wrong with the buddy seat and helper springs?

mike

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Post by 51Hog » Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:46 am

LOL---
I have a buddie and helper springs---Problem is, I am about 270 lbs, and my wife is er....not the 110 lbs she used to be when we used to ride on that same seat......
Supposedly the seat came off of a mid 70s Shovel.
I think if it is all there, I can probably fab up a clamp system for the spring carrier to mount to.

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Post by john HD » Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:31 am

fer god's sake keep your fingers out of there if you do mount it!

john :D

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Post by 51Hog » Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:44 am

john HD wrote:fer god's sake keep your fingers out of there if you do mount it!

john :D
It looks like some kind of torture device doesn't it... or someone re-invented the rat trap!
I am still trying to decide whether to buy it or not.
Been spending too much on the bike lately.
Belt Drive-M74B Carb-New Hat, Chaps and Jacket-New Saddle Bags
New chain- Mirrors-Fork Bushings-Rear Stand-............Ouch!!
Sure am glad my wife is understanding.

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#6

Post by Guest » Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:39 pm

This seat is called a "Comfort Flex" and is for 70's HD shovelheads.

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Post by john HD » Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:16 pm

in all seriousness i would just improve your seat post springs and run your buddy seat.

probably the best looking and cheapest fix.

there is a chart w/ numbers for the seat post in the manual.

john

ps. just remember, large men ride large machines with big seat post springs!!

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Post by 51Hog » Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:23 pm

john HD wrote:in all seriousness i would just improve your seat post springs and run your buddy seat.

probably the best looking and cheapest fix.

there is a chart w/ numbers for the seat post in the manual.

john

ps. just remember, large men ride large machines with big seat post springs!!
I am going to get some Heavy springs for the post. We would be using the Buddy seat, but only one of us fit on it at a time. We both fit if I sit on the tank. That has to be a funny sight.. :-)
My wife would go riding with me if it were a semi comfortable ride.

That would be my only reason for going UGLY. If the seat fits my Buddy "T", and just sits on a temperary cross member over the oil tank, It would only take a few minutes to change. I will not cut or weld on my frame to make the seat work. will make clamp on fittings if need be.

Can anyone show me how these seats mount? I need pics.... Thanks

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Post by hydra74 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:26 pm

I have a seat like that, I look for a picture of it
Its a original seat for the 4-speed swing arm frames

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Post by Revette » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:09 pm

I am going to get some Heavy springs for the post. We would be using the Buddy seat, but only one of us fit on it at a time. We both fit if I sit on the tank. That has to be a funny sight.. :-)
My wife would go riding with me if it were a semi comfortable ride.

That would be my only reason for going UGLY. If the seat fits my Buddy "T", and just sits on a temperary cross member over the oil tank, It would only take a few minutes to change. I will not cut or weld on my frame to make the seat work. will make clamp on fittings if need be.

Can anyone show me how these seats mount? I need pics.... Thanks
There was a passenger seat available that mounted on the rear fender luggage rack; about 12" long, 8" wide and maybe 5 to 6" deep. I think (if my memory isn't getting foggy with age) there is a picture of it in my '56 accessories catalog.

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#11

Post by hydra74 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:27 pm

Here's a scan of the instruction paper that came with the seat in 1977
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#12

Post by Cotten » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:27 am

What were they thinking??

It looks like a good start for a bicycle girder fork.

....Cotten
PS: This assembly alone weighs 5 1/4 lbs (~2.4 kg), and it appears to be missing its forward yoke!
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Post by 51Hog » Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:32 am

What were they thinking??

It looks like a good start for a bicycle girder fork.

....Cotten
PS: This assembly alone weighs 5 1/4 lbs (~2.4 kg), and it appears to be missing its forward yoke!
Did the rear springs/shocks not do their job on those bikes? Were the seats made as a novelty, or for those who have everything?
One thing for sure----They make a good conversation piece---
Hmmmm.. wonder if they will actually support my 270 lbs, and another 165 lbs----at the same time.

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#14

Post by Cotten » Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:47 pm

51Hog!

Please note that the assist springs are no more stout than they ever were.
The byzantine arrangement allows multiple pre-loads, and the friction widget dampens rebounds.
(435 lbs of payload would pre-load and dampen any seat suspension!)

In the 70's, the entire machine was "a novelty, ... for those who have everything." Those were days when AMF was also making yachts, bowling balls, etc.

....Cotten

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#15

Post by FlatHeadSix » Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:47 pm

and who could forget the snowmobiles and golf carts?

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