**HOW TO** Install 4-point harness

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  1. stevenEK9

    stevenEK9 trackattack

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    Seems to have come up a fair bit and was asked for a few pics so thought I would fire up a how to........

    What you will need....

    -Harness
    -3 x short eye bolts
    -1 x long eye bolt
    -14mm socket/ratchet
    -adjustable spanner

    Remove rear seat belt, tbh if you are looking to run a harness I wouldn't advise running rear seats at all

    Install 2 short eye bolts where the rear seatbelt was mounted, use the adjustable spanner to tighten up the eyebolts so they are secure. Pic of these installed

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    Now clip your harness shoulder straps and be sure to criss cross them and run them through the harness holes on your seat. Blue book rules stipulate for safety reasons that if the mounting points are a certain distance from the seat then the harness should be crossed, ek9 is beyond this distance hence why you should criss cross. Pic of the shoulder straps in place

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    Next up, install the remaining short eyebolt to the seat subframe where the bolt normally secures your oem seatbelt buckle. IF you want to run your oem seatbelt too then just remove the bolt and replace with your eyebolt, simple! Or if you are removing the oem belt as I have then just remove the buckle and install the eye bolt, again use the adjustable spanner to make sure this is secure. Clip the lap strap in and should look like this

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    Lastly install the long eyebolt to the bottom fixing point for the oem seatbelt where it bolts to the sill, making sure to use all the oem spacers that the bolt runs through. You can take this oportunity to remove the oem seatbelt if you like, if not then just secure the belt back in with the eyebolt. When you are done and clipped in the remaining lap strap it should look like this

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    Obviously this is just a guide, I don't take any responsibility for your workmanship, although tbh it is a simple task and you would have to be a mong to get it wrong :nice:

    Last up make sure that when you are adjusting the seatbelt, none of the straps are twisted, then:

    -buckle up the lap strap, pull the straps TIGHT making sure the buckle is still centred
    -buckle up the shoulder straps and then pull them tight, I find rocking back and forth settles the belt in place so you can tighten these further and thats you secure

    Enjoy some added hold and safety

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    If you are serious, can improve the harness further by installing a harness bar, these run behind the 2 front seats, the harness straps run over the top of it, as a result the shoulder straps run at a straighter angle into the back of the seat thus improving safety in event of a crash.

    Also there is limited adjustability in the lap strap that mounts to the seat subframe, it would be preferable to have a spreader plate welded to the exhaust tunnel in line with the rear of the handbrake, although not essential as you can see in the pics

    Cheers
    Steven
     
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  2. EK9dan

    EK9dan B18C-R EK9 Donator

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    very very helpful Steven! Thanks very much :) :)

    PS, it wont let me give you rep again! I need to spread it around apparently.
     
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    808Army New Member

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    yep that how got mine installed.
     
  4. Lee s

    Lee s Moderator Staff Member

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    many thanks, however do you know how to do this with the std seat?
     
  5. FreakyParts

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    It may be worth noting that it's not recommended to have more than a 20 degree angle on the tails from the horizontal as it increases the risk of spinal compression injuries in the event of an accident.
    This is recommended by both the FIA and the harness manufacturers.

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    Taken from the Schroth Harness installation manual here
     
  6. PaulJ

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    Good idea this :) Such a simple thing that seems to get asked a lot about!
     
  7. Burnie1000

    Burnie1000 JDM DC2 Type Rx

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    Do you think you'll also fit the crotch strap to turn it into a 5 point harness and stop submarining?
     
  8. stevenEK9

    stevenEK9 trackattack

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    No, i value my balls
     
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    MatD New Member

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    It is so simple, didn't know you over a certain distance, your suposed to cross the harness though, honestly thought it was for looks!
     
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    best reply ever
     
  11. Ian 185

    Ian 185 New Member

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    Nice guide fella. Silly question time, but how long was the long eye bolt?
     
  12. darkside

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    Nice 'How To'

    I used this when looking at fitting the harness in mine. I managed to use a short bolt with the plastics in place though
     
  13. NeilVtec

    NeilVtec Chuck Norris

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    i also used a short bolt with plastics still in place, just bent them in a little bit! lol
     
  14. stevenEK9

    stevenEK9 trackattack

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    50mm, standard ones are 23mm :nice:
     
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    what have you guys done regarding the seatbelt light after fitting harnesses?
     
  16. DIY_EK2142

    DIY_EK2142 EK Track Car In Prog

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    i took out the bulb in the dash same with srs light.
     
  17. R883

    R883 --EK9 in Progress--

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    I assume if you were to use a spreader plate on the tunnel you would need another short one ?

    Anyone got any pics of one installed this way ?
     
  18. stevenEK9

    stevenEK9 trackattack

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    Seatbelt light stays off when you unplug the wiring for it under the seat :nice:

    Yeah i used a short eyebolt on the exhaust tunnel as i have since moved the eyebolt to there. I made up small spreader plates from 6mm steel and secured the eyebolts with 7/16" UNF nylocs
     
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    the eyebolt by the handbrake wont fit with a std recaro.
     
  20. wishy

    wishy Playing with Boats

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    I ended up taking the seat out to fit this one in and a bit of pushing and grunting to get it back in again Lol
     

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