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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-15-2005, 08:22 PM
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replacement seatbelt ideas?

I've got a 1980 cj7 with the original lapbelt that looks rough & need to replace it...personally I would like to retrofit a modern style 'lap plus over the shoulder' style belt on both sides, has anyone done this?
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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

Here's a thought.

<u>3POINT BLK LAPBELT RETRCTBL W/PSH BTTN </u>

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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

thats basically what I'm looking for, but 80' cj7's do not have a factory mount for the shoulder harness part of the belt on the rollbar...I supose I could drill & tap the rollbar, but I'm worried that won't be strong enough...
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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

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thats basically what I'm looking for, but 80' cj7's do not have a factory mount for the shoulder harness part of the belt on the rollbar...I supose I could drill & tap the rollbar, but I'm worried that won't be strong enough...

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I'd think drilling the rollbar all the way thru, using a sleeve (weld it in if you'd like), and cap the backside with a fender washer & nut (hell, Grade8 if you'll feel safer?) would be more than sufficient... If not completely mistaken, that's exactly the way they came from factory... [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

Good thinking.

Could weld in a tapped chunk of round stock or use a rivnut, nutsert to make it stronger.

Maybe just drill all the way through and mount a fire extinguisher on the other side.

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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

that sounds like a (expletive) good idea, I'll take pictures & post them, figure about a month (jeep's going in the shop for a clutch & some gas tank work, neither of which I feel good about doing myself)

(the person who installed the replacement gas tank did a horrible job, leaks at the slightest incline out the non-exsistant overflow line & poorly installed filler neck)

p.s. the mc2100 carb swap made a huge difference, the old weber was definitly running *way* too rich

thanks again for your help, maybe some day well meet on a ride, anyone live near GA?
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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

Check EBay...lotsa good options there....from 5-point Simpsons to other of lesser quality......just depands on what you want and how much you want to pay. I picked up a pair of Simpson 5-point Y types last week for 52.50 including shipping
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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

I have just done this.
I got a retractable lap/shoulder belt from JCW and drilled the roll bar to fit a through bolt (tight)

They come with fairly explict instructions

The holes came out just below the bars that are angled back.
I do not feel that the overall intregerty of the roll system was comprimised by much at that point.

I also made brackets to make the retractors point up instead of at an angle.
the retractor lock work's great at the changed angle.
I feel comfortable that they will function as needed with this setup.

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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

I've used a set of rear seatbelt retractors, belts and receivers from a 1990's Caravan. I nestle the retractor into the body of the Jeep, and it works great. The retractor even has a velocity trip.
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Re: replacement seatbelt ideas?

What you are describing is exactly what I did to put TJ belts in my CJ7 which has a YJ rollbar (confused yet?).

I drilled a 3/4" hole through the front side only. Then I had (for $10 at a local machine shop) 2 "bungs" made of 3/4" OD, and the correct inner thread (I think 7/16" but not sure). It is deep enough to sit all the way into the tube, and then stick out 1/3" for welding to the face.

Works perfect. Let me know if you want a picture, but I think it explains itself.

FYI - TJ seatbelts are plentiful and cheap on Ebay, and are much softer than older or replacement belts. The 3-point belt I bought from 4wd hardware was WAAAYYYYY to sensitive to locking up with the slightest movement and were like a saw on my neck, so that's why I went to TJ belts (limited edition red Tomb Raider belts in my case).
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