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2 Point Retractable Seat Belt Installation Instructions

CAUTION: 2 Point Retractable Seat Belts Replacement, (& vintage & classic car): Read these instructions for retractable lap belts thoroughly before installing this seatbelt. These instructions apply only to safety restraints from Wesco. They are not to be used with seat belts for sale from other manufacturers or retailers. This 2-point retractable seat belt is not for use in aircraft or racing competition.


retractable lap belt
Where Existing Manufacturer Anchor Points Are Present

Step # 1: Remove the existing seat belt including the outboard side (towards the door) and the short side of the seatbelt on the inboard side.

Step # 2: Using an Angle Bracket Click Here purchased from Wesco, insert a Grade 5 or better 7/16" fine thread bolt through one of the holes in the angle bracket and then into the existing manufacturer's anchor point (threaded hole) that is located on the floor towards the outboard (towards the door) side of the seat as shown in Fig. 1 (the hex bolt should be firmly tightened).

Step # 3: Then insert the another 7/16" fine thread hex bolt (Grade 5 or better) through the hole at the base of the (A) Retractable End and then through the other hole of the angle bracket which you have already attached to the floor. Screw on the lock nut as shown in Fig. 1 and firmly tighten.

Step # 4: This last step installs the short side of the safety seat belt at the inboard position (near the center of the vehicle). There are 2 types of ends:

1. Bench Seat End (20" floppy end)
2. Bucket Seat End (11" curved hard sleeve)

Bench Seat End Installation:

2 point safety harnessUsing the hex bolt from the old seat belt or a new one from Wesco, simply insert the hex bolt through the hole in the (C) End of the bench seat belt end as shown in Fig. A to the left, and then screw the hex bolt into the existing manufacturer's anchor point (threaded hole) and firmly tighten. You're done and ready to enjoy your new seatbelt!

*Note: With the "Bench Seat End" installation, No additional hardware is required whether the anchor point is located on the vehicle floor or on the side of the drive shaft tunnel (the hump that runs down the center of the vehicle floor).

vintage and classic car 2 point seatbeltsBucket Seat End Installation:

If the existing anchor point is located in the side of the drive shaft tunnel: Using the 7/16" fine thread hex bolt (Grade 5 or better) from the old seat belt or a new one from Wesco, simply insert the hex bolt through the hole in the (B) End of the bucket seat belt end as shown in Fig. 2. to the left. Then screw the hex bolt into the existing manufacturer's anchor point on the side of the drive shaft tunnel and tighten securely. The (B) End of the bucket seat end has a round plastic cover that can be replaced after tightening the bolt. You're done!

classic car and vintage Seat Belts

If the existing anchor point is located in the floor: Then an Angle Bracket Click Here is required as shown in Fig. 3. to the left. Attach the angle bracket to the floor of the vehicle using a grade 5 or better 7/16" fine thread hex bolt (as found in any of Wesco's hardware kits). The hex bolt should be firmly tightened. Now put the original 7/16" fine thread hex bolt (or a new one from Wesco) through the (B) End of the bucket seat end and then through the hole in the angle bracket. Attach a 7/16" fine thread lock nut (or lock washer and nut) and firmly tighten. The (B) End of the bucket seat end has a round plastic cover that can be replaced after tightening the bolt and nut. You're done!

WHERE FACTORY FITTINGS ARE AVAILABLE:
*IMPORTANT: When available, be sure to use the vehicle manufacturer's provisions to attach belts.
When you use the manufacturer's threaded floor fittings, it is IMPORTANT that all full threads be engaged to obtain the ultimate strength of the anchorage. Reuse factory mounting bolts or use 7/16th" grade 5 or higher bolts.

CAUTION
DO NOT attach this belt directly to the seat. Death or serious injury could occur in an accident if the seat is not designed to withstand the additional load. FLOOR MOUNT ONLY!

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Mount the short side of the belt INBOARD, toward the center of the vehicle.
2. Avoid rough or sharp edges when choosing a belt path.


safety restraint harness installation
retractible seatbelts

WHERE NO FACTORY FITTINGS ARE AVAILABLE:
1. If the seat is adjustable, move to the rearmost position.
2. Mark the floor to mount down and behind the seat to assure that the lap belt is pulling downward and rearward at approximately a 70 degree angle.
(Figure 5)
3. Space the attachment points 15" to 25" apart so that the lap belt forms a "U" shaped loop when in use. Never attach both ends of the same lap belt to the same anchorage or attachment point.
4. Carefully drill 1/2" holes to avoid damaging exhaust system, brake or fuel lines. Always use the reinforcement plates (provided with the belt) underneath the floor.
(Figure 4) Examine and reinforce any weakened area of the floor pan.

Mounting
1. Mounting hardware to the floor should always have metal-to-metal contact. You should avoid carpet, plastic or any other material between the fastener components and the floor which could tend to loosen over time.
2. All bolts must have either a lock-nut, lock washer or apply a thread locking compound for security.
3. Bolts used for mounting seatbelts should be a minimum size 7/16" diameter, Grade 5 product.
4. Anchor points for belts must meet the strength load requirements of FMVSS 210. When replacing belts, always use the anchorages provided by the vehicle, or seat manufacturer.
5. Do not connect both ends of this belt to the same, single mounting point. Mounted ends of the belt should form a "U" shape.

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Seat Belt Use
1. Always wear your seat belt when the vehicle is in operation.
2. Adjust and wear belt low and snug across your hips.
3. Each belt is intended to restrain only one person at a time. Do not put two people under one belt.
4. Never attempt to restrain a child in your lap using the lap belt around both you and the child. The child could be severely injured or even killed in the event of a collision.
5. Seat Belts are matched sets. Do not mix or use this belt or parts of this belt with other types of seat belts.

Use and Maintenance Instructions
Print and keep this instruction sheet for future review.
WARNING:
FAILURE TO PROPERLY INSTALL, USE, PERIODICALLY INSPECT AND MAINTAIN THIS SEAT BELT COULD LEAD TO SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH! PLEASE FOLLOW ALL OF THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Maintenance
1. Inspect belt regularly. If the assembly does not work properly or you find cuts, frayed or worn webbing the belt must be replaced.
2. More frequent inspections may be necessary if the belt is subjected to harsh treatment or extreme conditions.
3. Whenever a vehicle is involved in a collision you must replace every part of the seat belt system; both sides of the belt including the mounting hardware!
4. Clean with mild soap and water. Do not bleach or re-dye as it will tend to severely weaken the webbing.

Universal Installation Information:
If the vehicle is equipped with seat belt anchorages, these should be used in lieu of other methods. All U.S. passenger cars, beginning with 1962 models, have seat belt anchorages for at least two lap belts in the front seat. Since 1/1/68, vehicle manufacturers have been required to install lap belt anchorages for each front and rear seating positions and upper torso belt anchorages at each forward facing outboard seating position (except convertibles). Since 1/1/72, this same requirement became effective for trucks.
CAUTION: DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY COULD RESULT FROM NOT PROPERLY THREADING THE WEBBING THROUGH THE ADJUSTABLE ENDS. MAINTAIN A MINIMUM OF ONE INCH WEBBING BEYOND THE ANCHOR.
CAUTION: IF THE FIXED END OF A SEATBELT IS TOO LONG TO ALLOW A SNUG FIT ON A SMALL OCCUPANT, DO NOT USE THE BELT! YOU MUST SHORTEN THE BELT THROUGH THE ADJUSTABLE ANCHOR ENDS TO ALLOW A PROPER FIT.
AS A GENERAL RULE, CHILDREN WEIGHING LESS THAN 80 LBS SHOULD BE SECURED IN AN APPROVED CHILD SAFETY/BOOSTER SEAT ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER'S RECOMMENDATIONS!!!

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Disclaimer. Please read: This product is sold without warranty expressed or implied. No warranty or representation is made as to the product's ability to protect the user from any injury or death in any manner of use. The user assumes that risk. The effectiveness of this equipment are directly related to the manner in which it is installed, used, and/or maintained. Proper installation is solely the responsibility of the installer, and will not be assumed by Wesco Performance Inc. - Racing Accessories.