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#1 TogiakDoo

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:35 AM

My wife has an 04 MXZ with a cupel of tears in the upholstery. I was planning on patching it this summer or recovering it but new covers are over $80. I looked at seat upgrades and liked some of them but they are even more expensive. Then last week on a ride by the dump here I spoted an old seat so I picked it up. My goal was to have storage under the seat, and free up space on the back also for more storage, I also wanted her to sit a little higher bnecause she like the ride of the newer sleds where you sit up more like a motorcycle.

It was in rough shape but all I wanted was the part that goes around the gas tank. I cut it at about 1/3 of the overall seat about half of the part you sit on and then built the back part using some scrap Aluminum and 3/8 plywood. So far I have only a few bucks in rivets,so it has really cost me next to nothing. I also have the marine grade vinyl that I had already bought to repair the original seat.

this would be pointless without pictures so here we go
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#2 TogiakDoo

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:45 AM

I forgot to mention that I am going to support the back with a metal hoop of some kind that will bolt to the tunnel.

And another cupel of pictures

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:33 PM

keep the pics coming. i been thinking of doing something like that to my 98 f111.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

How's this project comin? More pics please
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:04 AM

is the plastic piece thats shaped like the gas tank under the stock seat foam? because im thinking of modding the stock seat but i dont want to get the cover off and realize its not what i thought.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:05 PM

is the plastic piece thats shaped like the gas tank under the stock seat foam? because im thinking of modding the stock seat but i dont want to get the cover off and realize its not what i thought.


Ya that black plastic is the part that goes around the gas tank and I kept the stock hard foam and soft foam for that front half. then added some ontop to get the ride hight up to where I wanted it.
Progress has resumed, I couldnt find any foam out here in our village so I am improvising with carpet foam. I hope it works.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:19 PM

That is an awesome seat mod idea! :righton

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:29 AM

Looks like my 06 440X seat I put on my sled, a little shorter. I would like to see how this turns out, keep the pics coming.


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:14 PM

ok I got the carpet foam on there and built it up in a few places

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:28 AM

lookin sweet. im looking forward to see how it turns out! are you from togiak alaska?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:51 AM

I wish I had seen you process before I finished my seat , I would have liked a little extra height myself .

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#12 TogiakDoo

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:13 PM

lookin sweet. im looking forward to see how it turns out! are you from togiak alaska?


I am the shop teacher here in Togiak Alaska we just moved out two years ago have you heard of it?
So that is the schools shop in the background tommc56, I wish I had one of my own. Nice work by the way.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:38 AM

I am the shop teacher here in Togiak Alaska we just moved out two years ago have you heard of it?
So that is the schools shop in the background tommc56, I wish I had one of my own. Nice work by the way.


oh cool, ya i noticed you said village.. and i was thinking you had to be in alaska, then i saw your name togiak. and i was like, wait a minute... so googled togiak and sure enough.. but i actually live north to you, in Galena.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

well I just did the first mock up on the machine and it looked pretty good. I welded up the rear support for the seat (not in the pic). I also took out a little foam in the rear because it looked just a little high but it sits very nice. I think I will need to put some handle bar risers on it, how big can I go without getting extended cables? The cargo room is going to be fantastic. I am quite pleased.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

oh and this is what it looked like with the original seat

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