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Old 04-30-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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Flapping seatbelts

I searched the forum and didn't see any threads for this which surprised me. I purchased a 2008 Wrangler with hard doors and windows over the winter and have now taken the top off to find the seatbelts flap like crazy. I have found my own fix for the rear belts to stop the white guides inside the plastic housing from making noise, but the front belts have me stumped. They sometimes slap against the side where the metal and the interior panels meet. I can stop this on the driver side while driving by putting my arm up at the window, but I can't do both sides at the same time.

Hopefully somebody else has experienced this and it brothers them as much as it does me.

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Old 04-30-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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Grab some Velcro ties and strap them FAIRLY tight- 2 per side. Tight enough to stop the flap, but not so tight the pre-tensioners don't retract the belts- Mark W.

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Old 04-30-2009, 03:45 PM   #3
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What about buckling them in if no one is sitting there? Or does the excess still flap? I would like to know too before I go tearing my top off.
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:11 PM   #4
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Then they're just flapping closer to you It's not so much an issue of topless as doorless, from what I've seen- Mark W.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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Now I know why the factory velcro straps for securing the Sunrider top are too long - I'm supposed to be wrapping the flapping seat belts with them.

I was surprised by the flapping at first too, but I just figure it's part of the charm of top down jeepin'
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:50 PM   #6
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^ Yep- that's what I used them for- both of them only counts as one tie-down, though Mark W.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:54 PM   #7
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DON"T use velcro... after time, the velcro will start to wear out the seatbelt. I have heard of it from a bunch of JK owners and they said that it happens quickly (months, not years). Big safety issue if you ask me. I would just get some seat belt pads (the ricer type r ones or if you want to be cool, just plain black).

I have also heard of people placing the seat belt behind the pillar in 2drs only. I have not looked at it yet, but I plan to just to see.

The last option I heard was placing foam or any carpeted surface on the pillar.

The seat belt pads seems like the belt way since it is hidden between the seat and pillar.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:13 AM   #8
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I thought that I was the only one. My 08 4dr jk when we are topless gets the slapping noise in the seat belts when there seems to be a cross wind. I've been putting my arm against it (pain) until the cross wind changes.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:20 AM   #9
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So I'm not the only one wondering how to stop the flapping seatbelts. My CJ-5 only had lap belts, they might have hung over the side, but they never flapped.

I had already thought of a some type of pads. Off the auto parts store to see what my options are...more to follow!
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Since we don't use the back seats much I got this black elastic with velcro to hold it... they just wrap around and hold it all in place which stops the annoyance from the back seats... as for the front seats I've also done the elastic fix, but, the belt still flaps against the plastic panel behind the belts. You knowhow the seatbelt comes out at the floor... wonder if it could be put behind that plastic trim panel to stop the flapping? I might try it this weekend, if it works I'll post pics.
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The last option I heard was placing foam or any carpeted surface on the pillar.
This is what I've done... I've actually used a 10" strip of Velcro... use the soft 'plush' side (NOT the wiry 'connector' side). Place the strip vertically on the pillar where the belts normally slap... and silence shall ensue. Well, not 100% effective, but I would say the noise is down considerably.
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I added a few of these seat belt pads and all flapping is gone..

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Old 07-23-2009, 10:01 AM   #14
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i know this may sound silly, but try putting a twist in the belt. it gives the belt a curved surface for the air to push against.... similar to why your radio arial is twisted
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I've got a 2 dr and did place the belts behind the pillar. No flap. The only issue noted is that there's not quite enought tension to fully retract the belt when unbuckled.

I'm also getting flap from the top hitting the door frame knobs.
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I would just get some seat belt pads (the ricer type r ones or if you want to be cool, just plain black).

The seat belt pads seems like the belt way since it is hidden between the seat and pillar.
EXCELLENT IDEA!!! Cheap too! I'll be hitting Walley World in the morning, and see what I can find. If not, there's an Auto Zone and Advance Auto Parts nearby.

Thanks! Great suggestion!

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Old 08-15-2009, 02:34 PM   #17
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Hmm, I just bought a pack of zip-ties and strapped them on wherever there was flapping, did the job just fine!

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