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Old 01-31-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Seat Belt Blues

My seat belt detractor done lost it's tension ... I'm getting tired of slamming the door on it ....anybody know if there is a way to restore the tension in the re tractor??

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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I've posted this a few times but haven't heard if it has worked for anyone else.

When I bought my 97, the seatbelt was doing the same thing.

I had to unbolt the seatbelt reel from the bottom of the rollbar for another job.
The reel retracted itself as far as it would go - it wound itself up so it was about level with the door striker.
I pulled the reel back down and re-bolted it to the bottom of the rollbar and the seatbelt started retracting normally from that day on.

I have no idea why it worked - maybe spooling up as far as it would go somehow retentioned it
That was over 2 years ago and it's been working great since.

Heads up - When pulling the seatbelt reel back down to rebolt it in position, the reel must be dead level or it will lock up.
Any deviation from dead level in any direction will cause it to lock.

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Old 02-02-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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Good Morning. With three little kids, I am looking to add a third seat belt for the rear seat of my 98 TJ. It has the two shoulder belts standard. My kids are small enough that they all fit in the back seat, but I am looking to put in a lap belt or similar for the middle kid. Any suggestions.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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I have no idea what State Farm (or other insurance) would say if you had an accident and "home made" safety equipment is installed. Would love to know the answer, but I suspect if you call them the answer would be "no" but that is speculation.

I'm sure state law at your locale would have something to say about lap vs. shoulder details, but I doubt it details custom vs oem.

Of course custom car builders have to deal with that stuff so it must be doable at some level. Would be glad to hear what you find out.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:48 PM   #5
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I have no idea what State Farm (or other insurance) would say if you had an accident and "home made" safety equipment is installed. Would love to know the answer, but I suspect if you call them the answer would be "no" but that is speculation.

I'm sure state law at your locale would have something to say about lap vs. shoulder details, but I doubt it details custom vs oem.

Of course custom car builders have to deal with that stuff so it must be doable at some level. Would be glad to hear what you find out.
Custom car builders along with other vehicle modifiers must meet FMVSS on any changes they make to a vehicle. If you cannot verify your mods meet FMVSS then I am sure your insurance company will walk away from any suits.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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I've posted this a few times but haven't heard if it has worked for anyone else.
You have, but I didn't know you copy-and-pasted your response!

I'm going to try your trick (among a couple other tasks) when I swap out my hard top for the soft top. Hopefully, I can do that in the next couple weeks.
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:38 AM   #8
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Jeffreybomb - did the unbolt & respool help with your tensioning problem? I'm going to try today but would like to know if it's a waste of time.

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