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1988 XV400 Changing the seat

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1988 XV400 Changing the seat

Post by Michelle » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:53 pm

Hey everyone.

I'm wondering if I can change the standard seat upon my Virago 400 (same as the 535) so it looks more like the split seat upon the Virago 250.

My fuel tank is under my seat so it would still have to allow me access. I've put some pics below to show what I mean. The red bike is mine with the standard "banana" type seat, and pictured is a Virago 250 with the seat shown in two parts. That is how I'd like to have mine look... if possible. Any ideas?
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Re: 1988 XV400 Changing the seat

Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:52 am

Michelle wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:53 pm
Hey everyone.

I'm wondering if I can change the standard seat upon my Virago 400 (same as the 535) so it looks more like the split seat upon the Virago 250.

My fuel tank is under my seat so it would still have to allow me access. I've put some pics below to show what I mean. The red bike is mine with the standard "banana" type seat, and pictured is a Virago 250 with the seat shown in two parts. That is how I'd like to have mine look... if possible. Any ideas?

20191014_100524.jpg

Virago 250.jpg

Based upon the two different mounting methods. Doesn't look possible and function in the same manner.
When there's the will there is always a way. But, is it worth all the work to get a different look is the question. Your thoughts? Lets see what other XV400 (XV535) riders think. This is just my 2 cents.

Also, parts availability to do this is another hurdle. just say'n.

A hole would need to be drilled through your rear fender (Mud Guard) to hold the rear XV250 seat in place and another two holes to attach the bracket to hold the front down, see item #16 in XV250 Seat mounting. Some accurate guess work would be needed to get those holes just right. Unless, you have access to an XV250 to take measurements.

Getting the front seat to fasten correctly is another issue.

I must be getting lazy. For me, it just isn't worth all the work. I'd rather be in the wind riding. But, that's me!
If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it! That's me again!

1988 XV535 Seat Mounting:
1988 XV535 Seat Mounting.png
1988 XV250 Seat Mounting:
1988 xv250 Seat Mounting.png
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Re: 1988 XV400 Changing the seat

Post by Michelle » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:35 am

Well... Yes.. But...,

I've been thinking of changing a few things. Putting on a late model fuel tank to allow for duel fuel (distances in Australia are insane) and also changing the seat to the late model 535 seat. Just wondering if anyone has done this.... thought about it.... attempted it.

I think the fuel tank should pretty much bolt straight on. Not too sure about the late model seat, but the late model Virago 535 still has a second fuel tank under the seat... Yes?
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Re: 1988 XV400 Changing the seat

Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:13 am

Michelle wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:35 am
Well... Yes.. But...,

I've been thinking of changing a few things. Putting on a late model fuel tank to allow for duel fuel (distances in Australia are insane) and also changing the seat to the late model 535 seat. Just wondering if anyone has done this.... thought about it.... attempted it.

I think the fuel tank should pretty much bolt straight on. Not too sure about the late model seat, but the late model Virago 535 still has a second fuel tank under the seat... Yes?
Yes.

1988 XV400 Fuel Capacity is 8.6 Liters, 2.2 U.S. Gallons. (With 1996 XV535 Fuel Capacity of XV535 @ 3.5 U.S. Gallons provided the XV400 Under Seat Tank is the same size as the XV535 Under Seat Tank).

1996-00 XV535 Fuel Capacity is 13.5 Liters, 3.5 U.S. Gallons non-California Models.
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!996 XV535 Seat Mounting:
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1996 XV535 Seat Mounting.png
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