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I have a 2003 GL1800 and trading for a 2013 GL1800. Have a Hartco seat on the 2003. What is the difference between 2003 and 2013 oem seats? I know the 2013 is heated. But what else?
 

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The shape is different from one to the other. I think it will mount up but it leaves a gap.
 
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I would give it a try, 2012-2017 reduced the seating area for the rider.
 

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Yes, it will mount but the difference in the sides leaves a good sized hole towards the back of the seat that looks bad in my opinion.
 
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OK, thanks all. I will try the oem seat for awhile and see.
 

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OK, thanks all. I will try the oem seat for awhile and see.
I haven't ridden my 2012 yet, so I can't comment on the seat (which I've read is supposed to be an improvement over the 1st generation seat). But I can tell you after 200,000 miles on my 2004, I always ran with a $20 seat pad from the local auto parts supplier (often on sale for $10). In fact I would buy two, and then put two pads inside one cover. I've sat on many after market seats. For my derriere the OEM seat plus $20 in seat pads worked just fine for many years and many miles.
 

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Yep, you can make up a small panel to fill the space towards the rear of the seat sides. But the early seat is also slightly different in shape at the lower front sides and it doesn't sit well against the side panels on the later bike. However, the curvature is deeper on the early seat so the covering can be folded back - use a screwdriver to pop out the staples - and the offending seat base plastic can then be cut to shape easily enough.
 

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Filling in the back wouldn't be bad. My Hartco was tight in the back by the trunk and I have the matching backrest. And a filler pad came with, that was hard to get in
place. Was a plug load thing used so the heated grips works? Not having a heated seat won't be a problem. Never had it before. Just thought heated grips be nice.
 

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How did he hold the fill in panels in place? And what did he make them out of?
 

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An old thread but this gives me hope that my RDL will work on the newer bike.
 

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It will bolt on. It's hard. Had to have someone sitting on the seat. Then do your measuring for the fill ins. Still not sure how to mount the pieces. And if you don't have a heated seat, you need the override plug to let the grips work. I just went and ordered a new Hartco seat and sold the old one.
 
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