If anyone is unsure about wooden seat bases for the Leader and Arrow and wondering whether they are the same the answer is no, although the basic wooden seat base is the same for both machines for use on the Arrow it has four extra holes pre drilled for fitting the rubber bungs plus two larger holes pre drilled that originally had steel cups fitted but these days no one bothers with them, these other two holes line up with the tops of the rear suspension units that tend to stick up a bit too high so Ariel had the holes drilled so the very top slides through the hole that would otherwise rub on the wood base, the other difference is only where the various fittings are screwed onto the underside of the seat, but they are very different between Leader and Arrow. You might also find one or two other smaller holes down the centre of the seat, these are air vent holes, sometimes when you sit on the seat you can hear the air escaping through those holes.
For decades the seat bases were made by a chap called Dennis Barrett, they were of excellent quality as he sourced the timber from Norway, he also marked up the underside of the seat bases where to screw on the various brackets and fittings and I found them to be accurate.
It was a sad day a few years ago when Dennis retired from making seat bases although I believe Draganfly supply them these days but I do not know whether they mark up the bases where to drill holes for the screws for the fittings that makes life a bit easier fitting a new seat for the first time.
In addition to the photograph of the underside of the Arrow seat posted by Tony, I've attached a photograph showing the underside of one of my Arrow seats to show the under seat hinge brackets and the two clips to hold the seat down on the frame, you can also see one of the larger holes mentioned above for the top of the rear suspension unit to slide through.
There is one other difference between the two pictures, I've fitted my hinges the other way round to those in Tony's picture, I find it much easier to fit the seat and the retaining strap by pushing the seat forward onto the hinges and avoids contact with the dummy tank. It also makes it much easier whenever the need arises to remove the seat, just prise the clips off the ends of the hinges and the seat will slide straight off towards the rear again avoiding any contact with the dummy tank.
Oh, yes it is a three handed job fitting a new seat for the first time and it can be a bit fiddly getting the restraining strap started on the hinge with having to get the front hinge started in the hole of the front bracket also, but you'll get there eventually.
Dont want to confuse anyone but, if you are lucky enough to pick up a brand new wooden seat base for your Leader but it has the extra holes drilled into it for fitting to the Arrow and you cannot find anyone to do a swap you can use it on the Leader you'll just end up with some extra air vent holes, and vice versa if you pick up a new Leader seat base you can mark out and drill the extra holes for the rubber bungs and tops of the suspension units.
- Arrow under seat fittings