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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have seen the seat pin mod, however it does not appear that the "normal" mod will work on my 2003 1800R due to the inset bolt hole on the front seat.
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Any suggestions on what would work best for pins or something similar for both the front and rear seat?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 03:14 PM
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All VTXs have that same hole so the pin mod will work for your seat too

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Thanks Spike. For some reason I thought they were a bit different, slightly under the seat and not inset like that.


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At least on the 2003 C models, the 2 side bolts are on an angle, and don't go towards the centerline of the bike at a 90* angle.

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On the 2003 R. They are 90° to the centerline and good bit below the seat. They are also inset into the chrome fender rail be a good 1/4" or more. Tried to get a little better picture.
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R's are different than C's. The R's the nuts are part of the seat themselves and are inside the rails, the C's the seat bracket go outside the rails and the threads are part of the rails.

On my 1300R, I drilled through the rails (just opened up the hole), then drilled through the seat bracket threads to 3/8" and ordered the pin.

My suggestion on these R models DO NOT DRILL. Just find a pin that will fit through the rail bracket and the seat threads without drilling, it will just be smaller than 3/8". You can buy a few at home depot then return what doesn't fit.

I did the mod with my factory seat. I ended up getting a new ultimate seat, and drilled through the seat bracket and threads. I had 2 issues, 1 the bracket got so hot that it softened up the seat pan (making it rotate), and 2 one of the welded nuts broke off making it not work on the bike. I had to send my brand new (never used) seat back to Ultimate for a new pan and brackets. I had them pre-drill the brackets to 3/8" BEFORE they installed the bracket on the new pan. So now I have the mod and it works.

Could have all been avoided if I had simply used a smaller pin that fits without drilling.

With the R models, you need the welded nut on the seat bracket, because it is what gives the seat lateral support, without them, the pin will fall out.
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I'm gonna give you another suggestion.

On my previous 1300R with stock (then mustang) seats, I got black plastic handles from the local Ace Hardware with the same threaded hole in the center. I had to drill and cut a little and the longer bolt was a tight fit, which was good. When I was done I had threaded bolts with easy to use handles.

Unfortunately, On my 1800S the handles where to big to fit under the larger Ultimate seat.
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