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Old 01-11-2019, 10:59 PM
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Using this one from HD. More comfortable than I thought it would be with so little padding. The edges are the the only thing that bothered me initially but I don't notice them anymore.


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Old 01-15-2019, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Zateeva View Post
that rear fender over that tire looks like a dirt bike.......those shocks and those hard hairpins on that seat...........looks soft
the rear fender is something I definitely want to replace next. Any suggestions on mods for the rear fender that will require a minimal amount of work? (I would like to stay away from fabrication or relocating the signal lights)
Old 01-15-2019, 04:04 PM
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Installing a springer seat on my Forty Eight was the saviour in comfort I was searching for. I was very surprised too how much difference it made. I can ride all day and cover a couple of hundred miles in comfort and get off the bike after a long day and enjoy the evening with no aches & pains. Itís that good. I used a far-east supplied leather seat - via eBay. No complaints - even after 3 years - it fit perfectly but I did switch the supplied 3Ē springs with 2Ē springs sourced elsewhere on eBay.

Hereís a very short video showing the seat:


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Old 01-16-2019, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by mrhammer2u View Post
I don't think a spring seat is going to get you the ride you're looking for. I've never run one but from what I've read and people I've talked to, they're more a function of style. Maybe they smooth out some bumps if you have stock/short/crap shocks,...but I don't think you'll get many good miles logged on one. Based on your previous thread I'd recommend a quality seat with mem foam or gel (what's better is like asking about oil,..never ending debate) and good shocks with ample travel.
I disagree. I ran a solo seat on three of my Ironheads and two of my shovels. The comfort is incomparable to a fixed seat. It was especially noticeable on my '70 XLH. At the very least it helps reduce the jarring bumps that rattle your spine! Here's some pics of my '72 and my '75 with solo seats:


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Old 01-16-2019, 11:01 AM
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Hey Rio, Im loving that gas cap! Where u git it from? Likes/Dislikes? Wuzz it "high dollar"? regards "Big E"
Old 01-16-2019, 09:32 PM
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I bought mine off eBay a year ago. Good olí $50 springer seat. Still works. No rips and springs still work. As for comfort, it was softer than the stock seat. I rode for 3 hours straight, my a$$ was still intact. The bounce was decent, nothing where itíll throw you off or make you slam to the frame.
sorry no pics because Iím currently overseas. My pictures of my bike doesnít show any springer seats. Theyíre all old.

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