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Old 05-16-2004, 12:15 AM
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Seatbelts

With not much luck in the open forum, I'll try posting this here..

Greetings all,

For many college students this is Hell week. Finals have fallen upon us students like a swarm of locusts out of a biblical plague. I guess with the stress of finals, and being distracted by non stop cell phone use while driving, 2 of my college buddies have gotten into some rough accidents (Neither of them was at fault.) Anyhow my point is that both of these individuals were t-boned, and were pretty banged up afterwards. The thing is I donít think the standard seat belt found in cars is adequate in this type of collision. Next year I will be commuting from Austin 30 miles to school on a highway that is notorious for accidents and is full of big rigs. If by some terrible chance I am in an accident, I sure as hell donít want to die. Iíve got a 1995 E320, and1996 Chevy Tahoe, and I want to know if I can put a 3, 4, or 5 point harness seatbelt in them without having to change the factory seat. I was also wondering what are the advantages to a 3, 4, or 5 point harness, and which brand you guys would recommend.
Granted there is a benefit, what is the best way of installing a harness onto a factory chair? Is it possible in these 2 cars? What type, 3, 4, or 5 point? What are some good brands? What type of release should I be looking for? I'd rather not install a roll cage, seems a bit much.

Thanks in advance,

Jay

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Old 05-16-2004, 12:31 PM
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I'd guess you'll want to talk with somebody at Schroth USA. Their belts are quite popular with BMW enthusiasts, and yes, I know of people who use their 4- and 5-point harnesses all the time in lieu of the 3-point belts. I have seen ads that claim their products are DOT approved for street and highway use, but certainly you'd want to verify that independently.

Schroth has a toll-free number where you can inquire about local distributors: 888-536-8550 (that's from their web site, www.schroth.com). One of the favorites among bimmer fans is BMPD Design in Tyler, TX (web site www.bmpd.com).

BTW, a four-point set should suit your needs; the 5-point has a crotch strap that prevents "submarining" (sliding downward out of the belts) should you slam into something head-on at high speed.

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Russ M
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(and a couple bmws)
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Old 05-16-2004, 03:10 PM
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Addendum to that -- I think Schroth has what they call a three-point setup where the two shoulder straps are anchored at one point behind the front seat. Probably an easier fit for a passenger car in which you might want to use the back seat from time to time.

Russ M
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:30 PM
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Thanks for the reply I'll be looking into that 2 morrow

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