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Your ATV seat is exposed to a lot of things that may damage it, for example, rain, sun, and the rider’s weight. Due to these different elements, the ATV seat and its internal foam might have been torn or cracked. Fortunately, though, you can easily repair the ATV seat or its foam without having to replace it.
Repairing a Small ATV Seat Tear
If your ATV seat has a small tear, then you can easily stitch it up and put a nice cover on it to hide the stitch. This method is very cheap and hardly requires any equipment. A common dental floss will do for stitching, as it is strong and can seal the stitch with ease. You can also use any other strong thread. Make sure to not injure yourself through any cuts while stitching, as these cuts can be lethal.
Apart from stitching, you can also put some duct tape on the tear. Surprisingly, many people do this and recommend it. Make sure that you are using good quality duct tape, though.
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For covering the stitched-up area, you can buy any ATV seat cover. There is a myriad of options to choose from and they are all great. You can cover it with your favorite colors or favorite pattern. The choice is yours!
Fixing Small Chunks of Missing Foam
If there are small chunks of foam missing from your ATV seat making you uncomfortable, you don’t have to worry. You can cut pieces of the same foam material and fill in the empty spaces. Put some sort of adhesive glue on it and then put tape over it to hold it in place.
You can also use an industrial foam spray to fill in the empty gaps. Although it may be a little hard in some areas, it will bond right to your existing foam. Make sure to smooth it over, let it dry, and then put your seat cover on.
Reupholstering the ATV Seat
If your ATV seat or its foam is very damaged and stitching can’t do the work, then reupholstering is the only option left to repair it. This method may be a bit costly, but it definitely does the job. You will need screwdrivers, pliers, new fabric, new staples, and a powered staple gun during this process.
Firstly, remove the seat from the ATV by using the screwdrivers to remove the screws and bolts. After the seat is removed, flip it over and remove the staples that hold the upholstery to the seat frame. Measure the size of the seat frame and cut the new piece of fabric accordingly. Wrap the fabric around the seat and the foam and staple it using the new staples. Use the powered staple gun to make stapling easy.
Replacing the Foam
If you want to replace the foam as well during reupholstering, you will need an additional knife or any cutting blade, a pencil or a marker, and new foam.
After removing the seat from the ATV and removing its staples, cut the seat foam with a knife or a cutting blade. Always make sure to never apply too much force as the knife or the blade can cut through the foam and into your hand. It is always better to wear safety gloves to avoid any accidents.
Cut the new piece of foam according to the seat frame. It is better to place the foam on the seat frame and mark an outline with a pencil or marker. Make sure that the shape matches the seat frame, or it wouldn’t fit. Glue the foam onto the seat frame and then wrap the fabric around it and staple it. With this, your ATV seat is good to go!
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I have included all the repairing options for you. Choose the one that works best for you and your ATV. Another tip is to get a seat protector that will add an extra layer of cushion, providing a comfy ride. It can be easily replaced and covers any tears or rips in the seat.