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Rear Seat Hoop Build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by surfsup, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Dime City Cycle Upswept Hoop

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  2. Tarazon Mystery Hoop

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  1. surfsup

    surfsup XS650 Member

    Hey y'all. So I'm aware of the Dime City Cycle Upswept Hoop:

    How would something like this compare?

    Obviously, the DDC hoop is thicker in terms of the wall, but since this is only for the very rear end, would it matter that much? The cost difference worth it?

    I'm planning on chopping the rear end and welding up one of these hoops, then fabbing a custom seat pan and will intend on carrying hella cute passengers on the back, so keep that in mind. Thanks fam
  2. figure8

    figure8 XS650 Guru

    What is the end goal, meaning what style is the seat you are wanting to run?
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  3. surfsup

    surfsup XS650 Member


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  4. surfsup

    surfsup XS650 Member

    Flat, brat style with mild upsweep.

    The stock upsweep bend at the rear is too dramatic.
    For example:

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  5. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    why not save the money and cut and reuse the frame loop.........
  6. surfsup

    surfsup XS650 Member

    For my purposes, I'm not hip with how much it'll shorten the rear end. The goal is a two-up, not a solo seat.
    Really not feeling all the cafe racers I see with short-ass seats. If you have a solution/diagram that doesn't cost me length, I'm all ears.
  7. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete 1979 XS650 Special

    So you dont' want to lose any length, but want less of an upsweep?

    It seems to me you're doing too much work by lobbing off a section of the rear. Just notch it on the bottom side, bend it down till it's how you like it and re-weld. No extra parts needed.
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  8. surfsup

    surfsup XS650 Member

    now that's a good idea. would I need to heat the bend at the notch before I bend it?
  9. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete 1979 XS650 Special

    I would heat it if you could, but if you don't have a torch available, I'm sure it could be done without it. I'd cut about 1/2 way through and see what kind of leverage you could get. I'd use something thin like a Dremel cutoff wheel to try to make a triangle shaped cut that will fill when you bend.
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  10. surfsup

    surfsup XS650 Member

    cool, I'll give that a try. If it doesn't work I can always hack off the remaining tail and install a hoop.
    Any thoughts on the tarazon hoop I linked to?
  11. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    I guess what it comes down to is your skill set..........if your not confident to cut out a wedge, bend, then weld........i can't see how cutting it right off and buying a replacement then welding that onto the frame, is an easier option.

    the wedge has to be in the right position........has to dissect the point at the cut..........has to be over 3/4 of the way, more like 7/8 at least to make the bend fit neatly for welding........the off cut can be used as a plug, to have some backing so the weld doesn't blow through the tube.
  12. mrtwowheel

    mrtwowheel Honda Etched On Brain Top Contributor

    Maybe a brace under the hoop before whacking it, like a custom length 2x4 from the hoop to the floor, one on each side.

  13. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    That cheaper hoop on Amazon is stainless. Welding that is different than welding plain steel. I'm also not sure how well welding stainless to plain steel works. I don't know, maybe it works fine, but it's something I'd research before taking that route.

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