There are just some custom times that call for custom measures, and so was the case when we docked a Softail rear fender and found that no off-the-shelf seat would even come close to fitting once it was back on the bike. We thought of going down to the local parts house and making a seat pan from fiberglass, but all those shards of glass itching for weeks under our nails and in between our fingers has us searching for other options.
That's when a friend hipped us to Stampede's Insta Pan seat kit. The kit uses a two-part self-hardening clay system similar to JB Weld, but on a much larger scale. It works like this: once the two clay components are mixed and kneaded, a seat pan can be patterned, rolled, formed, and molded to the bike for a very precise fit. Once the pan is fully cured, it can be cut, sanded, and drilled just like a steel or fiberglass pan.
This kit sounded too good to be true and we wanted to know more about how this Play-Doh pan could save us time and money over many more expensive options. After checking the Insta Pan out online, we ordered one from MC Advantages and decided to give it a whirl. The results are as follows.
Man Hours: 2.5
Aftermarket Parts Used:
Insta Pan kit
Total Cost: $145