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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2005, 08:13 AM
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Seat Belt questions

I need to get some 3 point retrat. over the shoulder seat belts for a 77 cj-7. The ones I see that are OEM seem kind of expensive. Can I use ones from any other vehicle (salvage yard, etc...) so they will be cheaper?

Secons question, Do I need to have a hard top to mount these? Thanks in advance
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Re: Seat Belt questions

Do you just have lap belts now? The reason I ask is that my '79 just has lap belts. Did you just want to convert? That seems like a junk yard item. Should be cheep. The upper belt gets mounted to the roll bar. Do a search, here and with Google for some examples of secure mounting.
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Re: Seat Belt questions

You may get a bunch of responses that tell you NOT to use a salvage yard seat belt, that it's not safe, that UV rays and age can dry out the belt making it weak, etc. Make your own call. Should be plenty of YJs that you could take a belt from - should be about the right length I would think.

As for mounting, as far as I know, the stock belts will mount to the floor, and the vertical portion of the factory roll bar. No hard top required.

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Re: Seat Belt questions

Most yards won't sell the belts out of anything...liability issues. The ones from Omix-Ada are good and fit original holes. Visit the Omix-Ada site, find the part number that you need, then drop an email to Ricky at outdooramusement#hotmail.com (replace the # with an @) he'll shoot you a price that is usually better than anywhere else.

Don't need a hard top, but need a roll bar.
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Re: Seat Belt questions

I use the rear seat belts from a 1991 Caravan. You'll have to make a mount for the retractor, but it will nestle under the tub lip.

You'll have to make a mount for the roll-bar or drill/sleeve/weld/tap the sleeve for the roll-bar mount.



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Re: Seat Belt questions

For my '78 I got belts from JC Whitney for a later 7, and welded a gusset into the roll bar for the shoulder attachment point.



For the lower attachment I welded an extension to the roll bar bracket, and put a backup plate on the other side of the fenderwell.



The center attaches to the stock mount.
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