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Old 09-08-2007, 07:03 PM
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seat belts 101 ?

I have just put in some boneyard seat belts and am having a tuff time extending them . they will only come out a 1/4" at a times I have been able to extend them as normal. I have read the HOW SEAT BELTS WORK web site and now know about the types there are but no info on trouble shooting. I know they can be finicky at times but to have 2 act the same makes me think I have done somthing wrong. Are there lefts and rights? Do they need to be perfectly perpindicular to the floor(the recoil mechanism)
I think these are out of a KIA,not to sure .
Anyone have any experience with them that could help?
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Are there L & R? Yes there will be a Left & Right. Also the rear retractor mechanism will have to be mounted at the same angle(F&B) and tilt(L&R) it was in the donor vehicle. Most have a hanging weight inside that engages the lock to hold the belt. If the weight is not in the correct position the retractor will think it should be locked thus not letting the belt come out. Usually a blow from any direction in an accident will cause the weight to move from it's normal position and lock the belt.

Edit: You also need to rethink the mount for the retractor as it really doesn't look very strong at all.
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:38 AM
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Usually the retractors have to stay level to function properly.
Try that and see.

And yes, I would have made a beefier mounting bracket as well.
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