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I bought some 2003 40/60 seats to replace the aging bench in a '81 C10 street truck. The ford seats have integrated seat belts and pyro pretensioners, clearly I don,t have the system to run pretension system in truck. I wanted seats with head restraints and a console and the junkyard had Ford available.

Am I safe to run these seats with their seatbelts? Am I worse off than the 1981 OEM setup? Opinions please!!

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I bought some 2003 40/60 seats to replace the aging bench in a '81 C10 street truck. The ford seats have integrated seat belts and pyro pretensioners, clearly I don,t have the system to run pretension system in truck. I wanted seats with head restraints and a console and the junkyard had Ford available.

Am I safe to run these seats with their seatbelts? Am I worse off than the 1981 OEM setup? Opinions please!!
Well, the real problem with integrated belts is that the seat belt loads are transmitted through the seat mounts. Since I doubt the Ford seats even come close to the Chevy mounts, you will be fabricating something. Only you can determine if what you fabricate is strong enough, since the sheetmetal floor by itself is probably not. Keep in mind that the factory designs are designed and tested as a system. One option might be to lose the Ford seatbelts and just use the Chevy ones in the stock mounting locations.
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