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Unread 05-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Seat Belt Issue

So I am in the process of swapping in a family roll-bar from a YJ to allow for a 3-point harness in the back for the kids. I am trying to hook up the rear seat belts and for some reason the belts seem to be stuck. The belts all appear to be in good shape, however they will not budge when I try to pull them down to bolt into the bottom of the base of the rollbar. Not sure what I am missing, but was hoping someone else may have an idea.

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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:05 PM   #2
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Make sure you have them on the proper sides and that you are holding the retractor in the same orientation as it will be mounted before you try and pull the belt out.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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I actually started by mounting the retractor at the base first, however I was still unable to extend the belt out. Is there a release or something? I have all (4) seat-belts I am trying to install and all are doing the same so I'm sure it is something I am just not getting right.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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The retractor can be VERY sensitive to how it's mounted (or held) for it to release.
I thought the ones I was going to mount were broken, until I found just the right way to hold them to get them to release.

I would try mounting the retractor in place first, then pulling the belt out of it.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
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Have you tried swapping them side for side? I recall having a similar issue when I put the rear belts in mine and for some reason that rings a bell as being the problem.

And as mentioned they are very finicky as to when they will release. Keep at it, you'll get it.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:33 PM   #6
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Mine are extremely sensitive to retraction speed. You have to pull them gently and very slowly. Can be a pain til you get used to em.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #7
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Thanks for the quick responses guys. I did have them mounted on the wrong sides and once swapped they worked fine. They did need to be fully installed/tightened before they would release, but all seems to be in order now.

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