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Raised my Seat by 2"

Discussion in 'Apex General Talk' started by Hoxtongue, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Hoxtongue

    Hoxtongue Extreme

    Messages:
    82
    Location:
    Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2006 Yamaha Apex RTX
    Been looking at the WRP seat but based on exchange and money invested into other sports I couldn't justify spending that much. So I did some research and purchased a piece of 2" thick 14x24" 2.5 (51#) foam from a local mattress supplier. They charged me $20 bucks for the piece and another $12.00 for the spray adhesive.

    Here are some pics. Note I didn't remove the seat cover completely seeing it was under a heat shield and figured it may be a bear to line up.

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    I then lined up the piece and traced the outline with a marker and cut it using an electric knife.

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    Then started shaving the sides but at this point I didn't glue the extra foam seeing I wanted to make sure the existing cover would stretch over the new piece.
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    When I was done, I made sure it was much smoother than this pic seeing you could see any imperfections under the cover. I ended up using a drywall sanding sheet to finish smoothing. After pulling the cover over I realized that it's pretty stretchy and I wouldn't have any issues with the extra height. I sprayed both sides, let it sit for 2 minutes then put it in place. I then finished up by cutting small pieces and filling in any gaps.
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017
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  3. Hoxtongue

    Hoxtongue Extreme

    Messages:
    82
    Location:
    Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2006 Yamaha Apex RTX
    Here it is, just needs to be stapled. Didn't have 1/4" so off to the store. This was one of my test fits so I still had some bumps to smooth out. I'm sure it won't be as good as the WRP, but for $30 bucks should be much better.

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    Just installed it and it looks and feels much better, I will take pics tomorrow in the daylight.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
  4. evil eagle

    evil eagle Expert

    Messages:
    209
    Location:
    Fredericton N.B.
    The real issue with the first gen apexs seat is the foam is too soft and the longer yo drive it the lower you got. I'm sure this will help some. I had a wrp seat on my 07 apex I sat up more than the 2 inches that the seat was raised due to that I didn't sink into it.
    I am I think will do the same as you are with my 16 apex seat because it is hard, but yet the 16 only sits me 1 inch lower than the wrp seat. You have inspired me to do this.
     
  5. Hoxtongue

    Hoxtongue Extreme

    Messages:
    82
    Location:
    Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2006 Yamaha Apex RTX
    Here it is stapled and installed. Looking forward to seeing the difference, but we are losing snow pretty fast.....
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  6. CCCT

    CCCT Newbie

    Messages:
    21
    Location:
    Barrie
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2007 Apex
    Looks good. I hear ya about the losing snow too fast :( (ontario)
     
  7. DGZRT

    DGZRT TY 4 Stroke Junkie

    Messages:
    520
    Location:
    Stevens Point Wisconsin
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2009 Vector LTX, 08 Vector shorty, 98 XTC 500 & 600
    This looks great !! I need to do the same on my Vector. Thanks for the pictures...
     

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