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Offline Lomexx

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Hey all, figured I'd ask people that have had experience with the Corbin seat for the C-14.  Front seat was annoying as trying to get it to latch the 2nd click down forced me to give it a really hard whack, but it went on.  The rear seat though....the 2 metal tabs on the rear seat WOULD NOT slide under the bracket like the instructions say.....had to bend them back slightly to make them go on under the bracket, then force the seat down to lock into the rear latch.  Did anyone else ever have this problem, or am I just lucky?  Makes me hope I never have to remove either ever again.

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no problem here, went right on ?
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:017:  Hmmm... I think you're just lucky LMX, mine goes on and off like butter... 
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Granted, I bought the seat used but.....seriously I was shocked at how it didn't want to go on.  The Corbin I had on my Sprint ST was simple as hell.....but this thing just blew my mind.  And of course I just remembered that I didn't install the backrest for the Mrs....so I have to take the seat off again.  Damn it!!!

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Mine was hard as well, but it gets easier as you practice. You figure out your own way of doing it. Take it on and off several times.

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Granted, I bought the seat used but.....seriously I was shocked at how it didn't want to go on.  The Corbin I had on my Sprint ST was simple as hell.....but this thing just blew my mind.  And of course I just remembered that I didn't install the backrest for the Mrs....so I have to take the seat off again.  Damn it!!!

Is it not latching? Did you install the bar that the front seat attaches to correctly, not backwards? I have no problems with the front seat at all, but the rear pilion seat I have to push forward as much as possible and then give the seat a good 'pop' with my hand and it latches. No issues to get it unlatched though.... Good luck

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The front was fine, the rear went on very tight, still does. 

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By looking at these posts, I'd say mine is somewhere in the middle; not hard, but certainly not the "like butter" category.  Try lubing the latch mechanisms on the front seat itself and the rear if the bike.  That seems to help things pop into place and lock in.

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mine goes on and off like butter...

mine too .... must be that I have a smugger!

Is it not latching? Did you install the bar that the front seat attaches to correctly, not backwards?

And make sure the two front latching hooks (so to speak) on the drivers seat are "both" going into the capture loops at the fuel tank.

Do you by chance have any farkles added to the area under the drivers seat that "may" be causing the seat to not properly locate?  ???
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Nope, no other accessories added to the seat at all.  Made sure the bracket was installed the way they show on the corbin site.  What I noticed though was that when the rear set was going on, the 2 tabs were going above the bracket, not below as stated on the corbin site.  There was NO WAY they were going to fit under the bracket without my bending them down a little bit.  Not sure if the previous owner modified them a bit or not.  Looks like I'll just have to deal with it, and maybe do some further modifications if it becomes really annoying.

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Re: Corbin seat install was extremely difficut....did I do something wrong?
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2012, 03:06:50 pm »
I had the Corbin on my 08 C14. The rear seat was hard for me to get it to latch. You can unscrew the metal latch on the bottom of the seat and put several washers between the seat and the latch, put the screws back in. This lowers the latch so it will catch inside the body. I used two or three and it made latching the rear much easier. Lining up the rear seat to slide in the forward seat at times was a challenge. From I have read about Corbins, their quality is hit and miss.

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Re: Corbin seat install was extremely difficut....did I do something wrong?
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2012, 05:19:05 pm »
My brand new Corbin was also a bear to get on the bike. Both the front seats mounting points gave me trouble. It was hard to latch and get in the front channels. And the rear seat both didn't want to go under the center bar or latch easily in the rear seat latch. But after being on the bike for a little time it loosened up to fit absolutely perfect. So although it was tight when brand new. After a little time on my bike, it became the best fitting aftermarket seat that I ever had. Just my two cents.

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Re: Corbin seat install was extremely difficut....did I do something wrong?
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2012, 03:48:49 am »
I had that problem with my new Corbin seats. I could not latch the rear seat. It turned out to be that the latch for the front seat was only clicked in to the first notch. Once I figured that out and made sure I heard two clicks, the rear seat went in.

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Re: Corbin seat install was extremely difficut....did I do something wrong?
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2012, 04:49:03 pm »
I had the same problem (sometimes it takes an elbow hit) but it is getting easier as time goes on.

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Re: Corbin seat install was extremely difficut....did I do something wrong?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2012, 10:43:39 am »
Have the same issue with my ZX-11 saddle.
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Just installed my new Corbin this week and had same problem with back seat tabs not slipping under front seat bracket. I was a little upset at first. But when i regained my composure, i just removed the front seat bracket and slipped a washer under each side. That raised the bracket enough to slip back seat under far enough to get back seat to latch. Was still a tad tight, but at least the back seat went on and latched. The screws were not very long, so i did not want to go for two washers stacked. Hope this helps.

Only took one trip on the seat so far. Looks teriffic. Firm, but not any harsher ride than previous seat. I think it will work better for me. It did drop me down enough that i will be able to take off the lowering kit and go back to stock height. Yay.
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no problem here, went right on ?

Same here, went right on.  Even the wiring for the heated seats was no problem.  Works like a charm and looks good.
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When I put mine on the first time it was tough as well. Was hesitant to try and take it off for fear it would not go back on a second time. Waited about two months and figured I had better give it a try.........easy off, easy back on. :)

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mine was tough at first, gets/got easier with time

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    The seat going on snug didn't bother me once it was on. Because when it was on a little while and broke in a little. The Corbin always fit much nicer and more secure than every other seat I have had on a bike including the OEM seats and the Sargent I have on my FJR now. The tightness of the fit of the Corbin at first, made it the best seat I've ever had on a bike later. I'll take the initial snug fit for the first couple of days and have it fit perfect afterwards over all these other seats that fit good at first, then fit too free later, any day. (and that includes the OEM seat)    ;)

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I completely agree with you Cap'n.  Even though I originally started this post complaining about how tough it was, in regards to the stock seat I could pretty much remove without even needing the key to unlock it......you could push and pull it until the rear tab just unlocked by itself (even tried this on a brand new one on the showroom floor and this issue still exists).  Not sure why it's so difficult for Kawi to make a seat that doesn't feel like it will launch you (still attached to the seat) in a quick-stop situation.