Having a comfortable seat cover is key for an enjoyable ride.

How to Put a Seat Cover on a Dirt Bike

by Dan Howard

Whether you prefer the freedom of cruising off-road trails, the adrenaline rush of catching big air or the competition and speed of a bike race, dirt biking offers plenty of entertaining and challenging possibilities. Minor bike maintenance may never be as fun as riding, but when you're bouncing through the dirt later, you'll be thankful that you took the time to replace your busted old seat cover with a comfortable new one.

1 Put on a pair of work gloves.

2 Remove the bolts or screws that connect the seat to the bike frame, and then slide the seat off. Specific seat removal procedures vary by model; refer to your dirt bike owner's manual for help operating the seat release mechanism.

3 Place the bike seat upside-down on a flat work surface.

4 Wedge the tip of a flat-head screwdriver under one of the staples securing the old cover to the seat, and then pull upward to pop the staple out. Repeat until you remove all of the staples from the perimeter and remove the old seat cover.

5 Turn the seat right-side up and slip the front of the new seat cover over the seat's front nose.

6 Hook the back of the cover over the back edge of the seat.

7 Stretch the sides of the cover down over the edges, folding the cover over the edge so that it lays flat against the seat bottom.

8 Align the cover seams so that the top surface of the cover clings smoothly to the seat.

9 Place the cover-enclosed seat on the work surface, with the bottom side facing up.

10 Staple the cover to the seat using a staple gun and quarter-inch long staples. Start by stapling the cover down on the side of the seat, then work your way around the perimeter. Affix an additional staple every quarter-inch around the cover.

11 Trim any excess seat cover material from the bottom of the board with a pair of scissors.

Items you will need

  • Work gloves
  • Owner's manual
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Staple gun
  • Staples, 1/4 inch depth
  • Scissors

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