How to Install a Racing Seat Belt

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Racing safety belts, often referred to as harnesses, are an integral part of safety equipment in car racing. The harnesses provide restraint in an accident and stability during normal driving. A properly installed harness will enhance the safety of the driver.

Things You'll Need

  • Racing harness--4-, 5- or 6-point
  • Hand tools
  • Grade-eight mounting hardware
  • Backing plates
  • Power drill
  • Manufacturer's instructions
  • Racing seat
  • Determine a mounting location that is 2 1/2 inches in front of the seat bottom and back intersection point.

  • Using grade-eight hardware, anchor the lap belts to secure mounting points. If the mounting point uses sheet metal as an anchor, a backing plate is required.

  • Determine the mounting points for the shoulder harnesses that are behind the driver and 1 to 4 inches below shoulder height. The transverse bar of a roll cage is an excellent shoulder mount.

  • Mount the shoulder belts to the mounting point using grade-eight hardware.

  • When using a 5- or 6-point harness, it will be necessary to determine a mounting point for the submarine belt. This mounting point should be under the driver's seat to allow the lap belts to remain in the proper position over the pelvis.

  • Mount the submarine harness to the vehicle floor using grade-eight hardware and a backing plate.

  • With the driver in the vehicle, adjust the belt lengths to fit properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removal of the seat will make harness mounting easier.
  • Safety equipment should be installed or inspected by a professional.
  • Eye protection and proper safety procedures must be used with power tools.
  • Racing harnesses should be checked regularly for wear or defects.

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