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ZX2 seatbelts in a '95 LX?

Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by chrismiller, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. chrismiller

    chrismiller FEOA Member

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    Has anyone tried this? I'm going to see a guy about some parts and I think I'm going to see if he has some seatbelts and an LX.

    I wonder....
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    i was also wondering myself....
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    ryanrules FEOA Member

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    there has to be mounting points on the frame and the b-pillar. they made them w/o auto seatbelts.. so it has to work. pull off the panel and see if theres a place that looks like it would accept a seatbelt bolt. the lower one is under the carpet i think.
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    rustyschopshop New Member

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    Dang you all have me wondering about this one now. Hmm. Although I am not sure if I want to go through the hassle on this one due to the fact that I will have to get a 4 point harness soon. Or should I say want a 4 point.....lol.
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    Yesterday I went to see a guy around Little Rock who deals mostly in Escorts and Fords. I was there to get one of the auto seatbelts for the driver's side. While we were looking around his junkers, I noticed a ZX2 without the seatbelts and trim panels. I thought everything looked kind of familiar and I mentioned this to him. He said he had some really nice belts out of a low mileage ZX2. I took them to my car and compared them to my missing autoseatbelt and it looks like they will fit with minimal modification.

    I think I will have to bend the metal in slightly at the lower mounting point behind the door- this will allow the trim to fit back in properly. I will also have to notch out the trim between the two pieces that meet at the bottom of the windows. I checked the buckle and it is a dead match for the old lap belt and it fastens without a hitch.

    I will look into this later this week and I will post pics.
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    chrismiller FEOA Member

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    WHOOO HOOOOO!
    I put the drivers side belt in tonight and it went in without a hitch. I haven't put the trim panels back in yet but the belts fit. I took pictures and all and a how-to with be coming soon.

    They are so much better than that stoopid rat running back and forth along the roof!!
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    SWEET!!! you are my new hero!! I wouldnt care if mine either worked, or didnt work, but mine works just enough to piss me off. It smacks me in the head when I get in and out of the car.
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    Oh yeah, belts are no biggie. the only thin I would say is to try and find some of the interior trim pieces from a 2G taht didn't have the auto seat belts. people have done this plenty using other 2Gs as the donor car. the only difference is the interior trim pieces on teh B pillar and over the auto belt track really, otherwise as you've noted, they go in like nothing.
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    I'm just going to keep the old trim pieces. Last night, I was looking at the trim that is in there now and the worst part about all of it is that motorized mouse running back and forth. To me it's just not worth spending $100 to get the trim pieces shipped from Canada, eh.

    So far I know I will have to cut a hole in the b-pillar trim where the top of the belt attaches and I will prolly have to notch the bottom of that same trim piece so the belt runs through smoothly.

    One bummer about the install is I took the lap belt mechanism out completely so I could use one of those mounting points for the bottom of the new belt- now I have a nice big hole in the carpet with nothing behind. Not sure how I'll fix that.

    The really great thing about this is ZX2 seatbelts are common to us- just check any parts yard and they're likely to have a few zx2's with good belts.

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