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Does cutting out the stock bracket make much difference in comfort when doing the homeboy mod?
It's not the bracket per-se that you cut out, but the impression in the plastic seatpan underneath the bracket. And getting rid of it made a HUGE difference to me. After as little as a half hour riding my tailbone would compress the very thin foam covering that plastic bump and start to ache something fierce - after a long ride it could hurt for days afterward. Here's a pic of what I cut out on mine and the new bracket I made to secure the seat. Not pretty but it was cheap (free, using scrap material laying around the garage), and it made such an improvement in the seat - very tolerable after that for up to an hour at a time, with very little stretch-time needed between stops, and no lingering, crippling ache.

 

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I was going to cut out the hump but leave the bracket. Has anyone done that and if so how was the ride or does everyone cut out the bracket too and fabricate a new one?
 

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i know this as the M50 Seat Lumpectomy.
I did it a month ago, dremeled out the lump, went out and bought some Polypropylene plastic sheet (sadly my sheet was too thick) and plastic welded it for a more OEM look.
Then I filled in the void with Carpet padded i got for free at a carpet installer. and reused the same brackets to mount back on.
At the same time I actually installed a gel insert in my seat for extra comfort.
Cost me about $75 including tools.
 

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I was going to cut out the hump but leave the bracket. Has anyone done that and if so how was the ride or does everyone cut out the bracket too and fabricate a new one?
If I recall correctly the really offensive part of the hump is where the bracket bolts on...if you left that part of the pan untouched the mod would not be very effective, but my memory could be fuzzy. It's been too long and now I can't find any uncut pictures of the underside of a C50 seat to remined me how it was. (I sold the bike almost a year ago)
 

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have used mean city cycles for the passenger seat mod and the wife is satisfied.Did The homeboy mod to get rid of the hump (gave me more room to move around on the seat with out the annoying lump ) then reworked the mount to hold the seat in position ,this solved my comfort issue.. good luck ...
 

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My version of this mod.

I tackled this mod tonight. How can anyone ride for long with less than 1/2" of foam at your tailbone? I documented my steps, so maybe it will help someone.

I cut an old road sign (legally obtained from the scrap bin at my work) to 4.5" x 10". With the original mount still attached I started marking, bending (in my vise) and test fitting. Once it was where I wanted it I marked the end to match the existing mount and finished my cuts. I pre-drilled a few holes in the plate for screws to help hold it to the seat as the glue cures. I'll replace the screws with short rivets later.

Next, I removed the original mount and used my Dremel to remove the lump - cutting just at the edge of the lump. Careful as you get to the edge of the seat as the plastic is only one layer thick and you could easily cut into the "leather" of the seat.

I then cut a piece of foam to fit close to the right size - I left it about 1/8" thicker than needed - I got excited at this point and forgot to take a picture...

Next, I used industrial Shoe Goo all around the edges of the hole I had cut. I then placed the plate down and used screws (in the pre-drilled holes) to pull the two parts together. Now I wait until tomorrow and replace the screws with the rivets.
 

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