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Any of you running racing harnesses on your K5?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BigTex, Apr 9, 2001.

  1. BigTex

    BigTex 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys, do any of you have Simpson racing harnesses or something similar installed in your Blazers? I don't have a roll cage yet but would like to install a set of racing harnesses in my truck right now. Can I mount these on the stock mounting points? I know there are 3- and 5-point harnesses. Have any of you seen these on a K5? Thanks!
     
  2. Michael

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    If you use your truck as a daily driver you will soon hate a racing harness. They are cumbersome to put on and take off...they don't retract so they're always hangin' out of the door or lost under the seat...They don't allow any movement(if adjusted properly), they rub and chaff.......They're for racing, not the street. That's just my opinion. No they will not bolt to stock locations without mods. Most clip around an "eye bolt" and/or a roll cage.

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    I've been using RCI five point harnesses for over a year. I don't use the sub strap even though it's installed. I have gotten used to taking them on and off and don't mind the hassle. I'm using the y type shoulder harness and bolted it over my cage down to the floor to a reinforced plate. The lap straps are bolted to the stock location on the inside and through the floor on the outside. I reinforced all the mounting points with 1/4" plate. I agree with the above post about comfort. I leave the shoulder straps loose enough to reach the radio etc.. If installed properly a safety harness is a much safer alternative than a stock seatbelt. Just my opinions.

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    Racing seat belts are not DOT legal. If you live in a state with seat belt laws you will get a fine for wearing them.

    '71 Blazer CST with alot of rust
     
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    my friend has em in his bunco for over 2 years and he has been pulled and never got a ticket. he also has racing buckets, which help.
    but when i rode in it, it was pretty damn sweet. my parents wont let me get em, cause my dad sai dif i were to get new seats i had to get nice ones, and not racing ones.

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    I think confederate9 hit the nail on the head....if I were still 17ish...they would be cool!! Now that I'm 42 they would bite bigs ones on a street truck. If the belts are kept loose enuff to reach all your gadgets they will not function as intended.....a stock belt will. A properly adjusted (tight) 3 or 5 point harness is infinitely better than a stock belt, but they are not intended for the street......a helmet and nomex would be allot safer than a cap and a t-shirt.....but who's gonna wear them goin' for parts......?

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    I got them and have had them ever since I have driven the K-5. I only use the lab and sub belts when I am on the street, once you get used to them they are not a problem. The should belts when attached are very restrictive, aint no leaning forward and doing much with them on. ON the trail they give you some piece of mind. My stock seat belts were worn and chafed so these were cheaper and easier replacments.

    Oh, by the way if it matters I am 30.

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    You guys all make some good points. My stock seatbelts suck. I'll check the laws and make a decsion. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Just to clear up a few misconceptions. One in the State of MO the safety harnesses are legal as well as beadlock wheels. Two the safety harnesses are a lot safer even if the shoulder harnesses are left a little loose. The factory seatbelt only supports one side of your upper torso allowing it to pivot in a crash. The harness supports both sides evenly distributing the force of the impact. The factory seatbelt relies on an inertia lock that in older vehicles fail and do not lock at all. In my years as a State Trooper I have investigated thousands of accidents and I'll bet my life on my safety harnesses. By the way I'm 35.


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    try looking for a company called JAMEX. they have a 4 point where the shoulder Y-belt is attached to a retractor to allow for some movement. pretty cool. i am considering them.

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    Sounds good, Knife. Do those guys have a website? I think I've heard of them.
     
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    i just tried looking at www.jamex.com, but they dont mention the belts. there was an article in hot rod or PHR where they installed them in a chevelle.

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    Not to pick mits, but why, if the racing harnesses are so good, do police officers not wear them? (especially since the cars are typically highly modified from stock already)

    I'm definitely not anti-law enforcement, my dad was a police officer for 31 years, and ended his career teaching high speed driving to state and local police officers, so I can understand the reasons why police officers may need to exit quickly. Which if thats the reason they don't wear them, that's the reason they aren't good for the street.

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    I found some 5 point harnesses for $69. If you are interested the shop is in SO. IL and they do ship. The name of the shop is TCA (Twin City Automotive) the Phone # is 217 345 7921.
    I found these guys at a chevy swap meet this year and they seem to be nice guys.

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    Just ask you local Sheriff...
    There always more than F()CKING happy to point out all the stuff that's wrong...

    Sorry i was told to put mud flaps on...

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    Just FYI, the only mods that are done to police cars are Radios, Cages, and some other electronics and the lights. The insides and engine are nothing different than you can buy. Thats how it is now, in the old days they used to be hot rodded, not now. About the only difference is sway bars, power steering cooler and the chip that is supposed to cut you off at 105 is not there or reporgrammed.

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    You forgot about the bucket seats...for an assembly line, thats a major departure from standard bench seats...maybe on the newer Crown Vics they had buckets standard, the older Caprices that was a big difference. Thats what I was getting at though..they already were making the mods, if safety harnesses were needed (and if anyone would need a safety harness, it would be state patrol cars) they would be installed, but they are not.

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    I dont think they hinder you too much when getting out of the car, because every time I've seen a racecar crash the driver gets out PDQ plus you just pull on one lever and the all the belts release. Now maybe they dont put them in police cruisers because it's a hassle to put them on correctly....

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    They don't put them in our State Patrol Vehicles due to resale. We onty put 45,000 miles on our cars before we trade them. But, they do put harnesses, roll cages, safety nets, fuel cells and stock car wheels on our Emergency Vehicle Operation Course Cars that we use on our training course.

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    OK, Trooper Steve and everyone else.....it's a given the "racing harnesses" when used properly are much safer than stock seatbelts. I race, I watch racers crash frequently, and yes they hop out PDQ. The point I'm trying to make is that they are not easy to deal with on a day to day basis. When you are racing or chasing bad guys you know you will be in harms way and you should have all the protection you can get. Everyone would be safer with a harness and helmet....but it's not gonna happen. Most people have to be threatened with a fine before they even wear the stockers. If you are an enthusiast, like most here, you should be able to determine if an inertia lock is functioning properly without allot of effort. If you don't mind the extra hassle of harnesses, then bolt those babies in.
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