Originally Posted by cueball
One of these eyebolts through the floorpan for a 5 pt. Two of them for a 6pt. $5.99 at saferacer but available from any local racing shop or race gear website. I know you'd hate to add the extra 4 ounces though.
Thanks for the info, I'll be buying two of those, along with the two 2" latch style ends I'll need to connect the sub belt to. Grrr you're just trying to slow me down with all this hardware....Thankfully I still have a rear bumper to gut and cut, and there's always more wiring to strip out of the harness
Originally Posted by bryanlow
My belts are expired. They've been in storage for about five years. While I understand expired belts are not allowed in competition, they are allowed for most HPDEs and auto-x's. I don't buy that my barely used, though expired, belts are less safe than my 14 year old stock seatbelts.
Why? '95M seats have headrests
All miata's have headrests. That's not the reason you shouldn't use harnesses with stock seats.
Lets look at the shoulder harness for starters. Instead of going through proper harness holes, they go around the seat, and over your shoulder. When you tighten them down, instead of the force pushing you into the back of your seat, they will slip down the side of the seat, resting finally on your shoulder, pushing you down and compressing your spine. This force is multiplied greatly during an impact and will damage said spine.
Generally the expiration of harness is due to UV damage, if they've been in storage for 5 years, that's a lot better than 5 years of wear and tear from use and sun installed in a race car. And although auto-x and HPDE's will allow the use of expired belts, that doesn't make them safe. They also pass eBay style bars without drilling any test holes for wall thickness, let alone proper mounting methods or looking for proper welds.
It's your body and your car, do whatever you'd like with it, I just had to put that warning out there. If you become injured due to improper use of a harness, I don't want to feel guilty for not saying anything