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xcr440
09-17-2009, 12:39 PM
I searched, but didn't find what I thought I saw last year.

Anybody have a good solution for repairing a seat that is tearing at the seam, but not all the way across yet? I'd like to save it before I finish it off this season.

polarisrider1
09-17-2009, 12:56 PM
Nothing that lasts. Order a new cover from the dealer and replace it. not to hard to do. Need a staple gun and some time to do it. I have tried all the magic repair stuff to no avail.

xcr440
09-17-2009, 02:10 PM
That's what I figured, but thought I'd ask. Been down that replace road before.

mezz
09-17-2009, 04:40 PM
You could take the seat off & bring it someone who does upholstry work. If the material is still in decent condition, it may be possibile to double stitch the tear into a seam & reinforce the back of the cover. It is less expensive than replacing & goops never work. Just a thought.-Mezz

polarisrider1
09-17-2009, 06:44 PM
mezz, the problem with that is you are paying for labor to fix an old cover that has old material that can rip some where else the same day you get your repaired seat home. New cover same labor costs (roughly) and positive results. I do my own. it is very simple once you get the seat off. Not all sleds are created equal in the seat removal area.

indy_500
09-17-2009, 09:52 PM
I have a somewhat old sled with a lot of miles on it and i just bought some loctite vinyl repair glue and glued the rips together than put some nice gorilla glue over it.

zimmbob
09-28-2009, 09:46 AM
I fixed a seat on an older sled I had, the seam came out. I used fishing line to sew it first, then covered the seam with some good vinyl glue. Never came a part for 6 years and about 3,000 miles. Looked the same the day I sold it this year as the day I did it.

mjkaliszak
09-28-2009, 07:47 PM
Gorilla tape & heat gun...... on the inside, bet it will work. I gorilla glue-ed a a jet ski seat on the corner. still holding up for 2 seasons, just the glue is discoloring. Of course it was not 1 of my pride & joys or I would have bought something like a " boss " seat. Might work to nurse it thru. I can butcher stuff with the best of them.

anonomoose
09-28-2009, 08:04 PM
Go to the sewing store and get a curved needle for upholstery, thread some fishing mono or buy a spool of upholstery thread at the store and go slow and stitch up one side and cross stitch back down the other working the material back together as you go. Try not to pull too hard and leave even space between needle holes.

It works good, lasts several years, and since the material is clear, you don't see it very well unless you are looking for it.

This won't work if the fabric is brittle or just hanging in there.

xcr440
09-28-2009, 09:08 PM
Sounds like something to give a try, what the heck, its an 11 year old sled that's gonna get ridden......

indy_500
09-28-2009, 09:34 PM
what do ya know i have an 11 year old sled too (99 Indy 500) and i fixed my seat too. i hope mine holds up. to add to my first post, i taped the inside of the side with gorilla tape, then some good loctite vinyl repair glue, then gorilla taped the outside