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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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Can't remove seat

Key turns. I can hear the cable and latch moving but can't get the seat off.

I've beat on the seat, tugged, pushed, angled the key up/down/left/right - nothing works.
Seems like the cable is not moving enough to achieve full unlatch. I don't have a lot of crap under the seat and I've never had an issue until today.

Any useful non-destructive ideas out there?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 05:10 AM
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https://www.africatwinforum.com/foru...cable-off.html

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Thanks for the link
ScottT wrote " i got the 2 screws and the push rivit out of the side trim and used a long 90 degree pick and popped the latch."

I'm trying to figure what piece of side trim and if he came in from the right side with the long 90deg pick.
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Thanks for the link
ScottT wrote " i got the 2 screws and the push rivit out of the side trim and used a long 90 degree pick and popped the latch."

I'm trying to figure what piece of side trim and if he came in from the right side with the long 90deg pick.
By side trim I think he meant the S shaped long plastic part along the bottom of the tank. Right side seems more likely to work due to where the latch is. Good luck!

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Found ScottT's post helped me when my seat suddenly wouldn't come off.
1) take off the right side trim. Two screws and a push-pin rivet. You have to torque the seat some to get at the rivet.
2) pry & hold the seat and the plastic piece that caps the back of gas tank out of the way and push the latch to release the seat.
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I was struggling to remove the seat earlier today too, spent a good few minutes tugging on the seat in every direction and fiddling with the key and it wouldn't budge. After awhile I pulled up really hard and steady on the mid section and it came free as though nothing were wrong. It seems to be a really finicky system - almost every time I remove or adjust the seat it's a new adventure - I guess that's why they call it an adventure bike.
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After reading your post, I figured I better find out how to get it off non-destructively. So I did! I can say, l can slim Jim my 2018 AT without taking anything off or destroying anything. (Its fairly simple, once you do it a few times.) I also mastered on latching the seat in either position.(red some threads that people were have a hard time.) Don.
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Guess we canít consider the under seat area secure anymore... now that all the thieves have seen this post...

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After reading your post, I figured I better find out how to get it off non-destructively. So I did! I can say, l can slim Jim my 2018 AT without taking anything off or destroying anything. (Its fairly simple, once you do it a few times.) I also mastered on latching the seat in either position.(red some threads that people were have a hard time.) Don.
On my bike, 2018 Atas, putting the seat in the lower position, is a major production. Now I use the high standard position, but I would like to easily put it in the low position to lend the bike to my friend. What is your tip? Or what is your technique? I believe the design is deficient.
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Take the back half the seat off, and do it a few times and see what the seat itself does. Lower the front of the seat close to tank but drop It for the last 2 inches. It sorta falls in place itself. Practice a few times, to get it down. You'll see it sorta slides forward. Slightly push down with fingertips in a slight circle. Falls right in. Put back half back on, and you'll see what to do to make it happen
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