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Old 08-19-2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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Seat belt issues.....compatible with others?

For the second time since I've owned my YJ, the driver's seatbelt has developed some issues. The "spring action" (for lack of a better term) in the release button has become virtually non-existent, making it quite difficult to fasten the seatbelt and have it stay connected.

The last time this happened, I went to the local dealer to try and acquire a new one. They "claimed" that there were only three in the whole country, and it would take at least a week, if not more, to get one. An online buddy who happened to work at a Chrysler dealer in Texas got his hands on one and express-mailed it to me in three days, total! Have not yet tried to inquire yet, but need to soon, obviously.

Question.....if not able to successfully find the necessary part, would a TJ belt/buckle be compatible in the YJ? More concerned with the issue of having a properly functioning belt than the "looks" of having a matched pair. Or, would I be better off to try a few salvage/junk yards and get a couple of correct parts?

Any help or input appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-19-2010, 01:27 PM   #2
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So all you want is the female end that bolts to the tub?

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Yeah, just the "female" end. The belt itself and it's retractor are still in good order. Just the release button that's worn out. I've put my buddy on the case again. He doesn't work there anymore, but says he still has "connections". We shall see what he can come up with.
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Tj will not fit.. you can get a brand new one complete with both sides for 70 bucks.
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Tj will not fit..
Thanks for confirming that. Was hoping somebody would know, so I don't have to find out the hard way.
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I have a female end available. It came as a complete replacement set, but I didn't replace the female end because the old one still works. If you're interested, email me.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:27 AM   #7
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Got the part I needed, at a great price! It's installed, works perfectly.....situation resolved! Thanks again, moku....you rock!
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Glad you got it worked out. I had the same problem with my son's '87 Cougar a few months ago.... Finally, after the same results you had with your first one, I just stole one of the females from the back seat and had it installed in the drivers seat. Something to consider if this happens again........
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DANG!! Why didn't I think of that?!
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:00 AM   #10
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DANG!! Why didn't I think of that?!
Well obviously it's because you aren't as smart, or as thrifty as me........... j/k


Besides, this way he can't carry so many passengers, which is a good thing with a younger driver....
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heres another reason you cant steal one from the back...THEY ARE TOO SHORT...unless you fab up a bracket to make it longer.

i had this same issue i just tore out the button and spring portion and let friction do the work for me works pretty good, although in 2 weeks i think im going to get a 4 point harness form my side as the emergency stop on my retractor does not work.

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