You may have experimented with this but it is easier to put stuff in if you push the back band all the way back and then lift up. I can get mine completely out of the way. Depending on which year you have I cut the molded loops off of the seat where the foam connects. I have always found it pretty comfortable. The tabs should be compatible. you could also attach the bungee to the foam pilar but you should put a small diameter piece of PVC in to line the hole like old Daggers use to have. It will keep the hole from ripping out.
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