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Old 01-30-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed...

...a Capitol Cycle /5 LWB seat on their bike? There are two holes in the seat pan for the front bracket and I was wondering if anyone else has had any issues with this seat or suggestions on how to install it.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:17 PM   #2
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I have one of the Capitol Cycle LWB seats on my /6. I have used it off and on for over 13 years. I'm not using it currently but I still have it. The vinyl is showing some age but I'll get more use out of it for sure.

It has the plastic pan and came with a pair of hinges different from the OEM hinges. The hinges are made with flat steel stock and they can be bent easily but do the job. I've never had trouble with the seat I think. But I haven't used it much in maybe 5 years.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:22 PM   #3
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Charlie, would you mind taking a picture of how the seat hinges are attached?
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:41 PM   #4
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No problem but it will take a couple of days. The seat is over in my storage place.

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Old 01-31-2014, 12:36 PM   #5
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Josh,

I have good news and bad news. I took a couple of pictures of the bottom side of my Capitol Cycle seat that you wanted to see but, I can't find the cable to hook my camera up to my computer. I may be able to use another cable and will try later tonight. It looks like a USB on one end and maybe a mini USB on the camera side. But the only other cable I think I have has a smaller than mini, maybe it's micro?

Maybe I'll find the cable. It's here somewhere.

You wanted to see the front hinge mount? It is not like the stock seat pan. The rear hinge mount may the same same as stock, it has three holes. But the front hinge has only two holes on the Capitol Cycle seat. There were two special hinges included with the seat. I have only the front one on my seat. But they are similar. They are not a stiff casting that BMW uses but they are stamped thick sheet metal that can be bent.

I'll work on getting those pictures up.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:36 AM   #6
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Thanks Charlie. That's the problem I ran into. They gave me 2, 3-hole hinges. Rear one is fine. Front one I'm going to have to extensively modify. Of the 3 holes in the front hinge, no 2 fit the spacing of the holes in the seat pan. I called Capitol Cycle and all I was told was that I was going to have to do some drilling.

Did the front hinge that came with your seat come with only two holes?

I've cut down my front hinge a bit, but it's still not even close. To get a good fit, I'm afraid I might have to remove the subframe to figure out exactly where the hinge goes so it doesn't mess with the seat lock. What a PITA.

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OK, I got a cable & will have pics up in a little while I think.

If one of the seat hinge holes lines up the second hole can be any where. it does not have to be neat. It can be a figure eight sized hole and it will work. When I bought this seat over 12 years ago I got the correct hinges. I'm not even using the rear hinge, when I use the seat, forget why but might be my sub frame is bent.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:50 PM   #9
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Thanks Charlie! Just the type of image I was looking for. I wanted to make sure that the hinge went in between the two studs before cutting and drilling anything.
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