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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-01-2006, 06:49 PM
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96\' soft top problem

I have 96' Ford Bronco Im about to get a soft top for it but the problem is my seat bealts bolt into the hard top i need to know should i build a roll bar and bolt them that way or can i just buy lap belts and remove the sholder belts.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-02-2006, 11:43 AM
 
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Re: 96\' soft top problem

yes. lol. Sorry it's totaly up to you. I'd scrap the shoulder harness and just get lap belts. They're a dime a dozen in any bone yard. Hell I could sell you mine if you were interested.
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Re: 96\' soft top problem

I like the shoulder belt when going off road. I also like taking passengers and I am concerned about rolling over with them in the back so I am planning on putting a roll bar in my Bronco. BigNorm is right tho, it is all up to you. Be creative or go bare bones and do what is necessary.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-03-2006, 11:27 AM
 
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If you are truely concerned for passenger safety then you will have to have a cage made and then the belts can be made to attach to the tubing no problem. If you roll with passengers minus the top and roll then all I can say is bye bye passengers.
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Re: 96\' soft top problem

Why not do a 4 or 5 point harness system?
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Re: 96\' soft top problem

The harness's look cool but you are literally glued to the seat. Not cool. Half the time I'm hangin out the window watching where I'm placing my drivers side tire. Alot of time when I'm wheelin I belt up and put the shoulder strap behind me. I sit up in the seat like riding a horse and I move as the truck moves. It might sound stupid but it works for me.
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If you are truely concerned for passenger safety then you will have to have a cage made and then the belts can be made to attach to the tubing no problem. If you roll with passengers minus the top and roll then all I can say is bye bye passengers.

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That's the idea I was looking for. I don't trust the top, especially without a roll bar. I know I have seen some accidents where a Bronco has rolled and the top didn't pop off but there's not much comfort after someone gets hurt.

I have thought about the 4 or 5 point harness too but like BigNorm, you have to see where your tires are sometimes, I just do it with the shoulder belt on. Call me over cautious, but I like to stay in my seat.
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Re: 96\' soft top problem

I got a steering wheel to hang on to. Make sure and keep your hands clear! And I've got an Oh **** bar for the passenger.
Keep in mind though that most my wheeling is at 5 mph or less. If I'm on a flat road at speed then I have the chest strap where it's supposed to be. If you are racing or driving fast then a harness is the way to go. all tied into the cage of course.
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Re: 96\' soft top problem

I like it! I may do something like that. Great pic and idea. Thanks Norm.
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Re: 96\' soft top problem

Norm those seat covers are absolutly FABULOUS! Where can I get a set???

No joke, great idea with the grab handle.
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