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robertw 11-28-2012 10:05 AM

z3 seat belt guides
 
i have a 1999 z3 roadster with two broken seat belt guides. i also have a machine shop. i am going to make a set of these guides for my vehicle out of aluminum, would anyone else be interested in a set of these. from what i read, it seems they all break. we could supply these in pretty much any color you would like. please let me know.

Tmabry123 11-28-2012 12:42 PM

Im interested for my 98 roadster. Any idea abt cost?

robertw 11-28-2012 01:06 PM

seat belt guides
 
i am not sure what i would need to get yet. i need to see what kind of response i get and i am open for ideas. new are approx. 25.00 ea. i would think around 65.00 to 75.00 depending on color.

CTHuskyinMA 11-28-2012 05:28 PM

I look forward to seeing the prototypes! Someone must have tried this before. It'd be nice if they could be installed without having to remove the seat skin.

crappyattitude1 11-29-2012 05:49 AM

Interesting....
 
especially in brushed aluminium. And might I add an amen to CTHusky....

Crappy :)

(Just outside of Nashville)

Blacklane 11-29-2012 12:54 PM

I think there would be tremendous interest in this. Virtually all Z3s have broken seat belt guides and they are quite difficult to replace. It would be worth it to most owners to replace the original guides with more durable ones.

BTW, If you're taking orders, put me down for a pair, preferably in black.

morrieschoice 12-02-2012 09:55 AM

seat belt guides
 
I would be interested...black if possible. Will you send me a pm when you make a decision about making them and the price. I would greatly appreciate it.

postalZ3 12-02-2012 12:31 PM

+1 You may also post in other Z3 forums and get more people.

vintage42 12-02-2012 02:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blacklane (Post 7221419)
... Virtually all Z3s have broken seat belt guides and they are quite difficult to replace. It would be worth it to most owners to replace the original guides with more durable ones...

Quote:

Originally Posted by robertw (Post 7219282)
... new are approx. 25.00 ea. i would think around 65.00 to 75.00 depending on color.

I looked at a 1998 and a 2000 Z3 both with broken guides before buying my 1997, whose guides are OK. What is so hard about replacing them? Are they unobtainable as parts, or just hard to install?

Blacklane 12-02-2012 04:50 PM

OEM seat belt guides are readily available and not too expensive (about $20 US each), but replacing them requires removing the seat from the car and removing the seat leather from the back. That is a many-hour job. I have heard of several short cuts, such as cutting the stitching and re-sewing the leather and installing screws into the foam.

vintage42 12-02-2012 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blacklane (Post 7227049)
OEM seat belt guides are readily available... but replacing them requires removing the seat from the car and removing the seat leather from the back. That is a many-hour job. I have heard of several short cuts, such as cutting the stitching and re-sewing the leather and installing screws into the foam.

There seems to be a short-cut here...
Quote:

…... am at a loss as to why you basically disassembled the entire seat…... was able to replace the guide in 2 minutes…... slid my hand behind the leather with the washer and pressed the new guide in with the other hand…...
Msg #10
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...eat+belt+guide

Blacklane 12-02-2012 05:45 PM

That was after removing the seat and disassembling the back. It is still a lot of work. Morrie just didn't remove the leather or back foam.

winninh 11-15-2014 07:44 PM

Seat belt guide
 
I'd be interested in learning more about the metal seat belt guide stabilizer.

dehard 12-02-2014 10:32 AM

Z3 seat belt guide fix
 
THE BEST SOLUTION I HAVE SEEN IS POSTED ON EBAY FOR ONLY $12.00, SHIPS FREE AND FIXES THE BROKEN GUIDES ON BOTH SEATS. IT IS A VERY SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE REPAIR THAT SIMPLY ATTACHES TO THE GUIDE AND HOLDS THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE GUIDE IN PLACE TO PREVENT THEM FROM SEPARATING WHICH IS WHAT CAUSES THEM TO LOOSEN AND SUBSEQUENTLY BREAK. I WOULD RECOMMEND ONE OF THESE EVEN IF MINE WAS NOT BROKEN AS IT WOULD PREVENT IT FROM BREAKING. GO TO Ebay Item # 150914868208. IT IS A SIMPLE AND QUICK INSTALL AND WELL WORTH $12.00. YOU WILL BE PLEASED.

Blacklane 12-02-2014 05:03 PM

I had those Velcro things for a while hoping that the drag on the seat belt would some day diminish. I just had to fight to get the belts to retract. One day, the loose belt got caught in the door and I couldn't get the door open. That's when I removed the Velcro things and threw them away. I was not pleased.

I think a better solution might be heat-shrink tubing.

kmassey 12-04-2014 01:12 PM

I would definitely be interested...black please

Blacklane 12-04-2014 05:58 PM

I don't believe he's selling them; he's telling you where to find them on ebay.

danzy3 12-05-2014 12:27 PM

If I could see a picture of what they would look like after they are done I would be interested.

Blacklane 12-05-2014 04:29 PM

There are plenty of pictures in the eBay ad. Just go to eBay and search on the item number. From Post #14 above: "GO TO Ebay Item # 150914868208."

someguy1313 12-15-2014 11:27 AM

definitely interested in seeing a protoype

Blacklane 12-15-2014 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by someguy1313 (Post 8770786)
definitely interested in seeing a protoype

There are plenty of pictures in the eBay ad. Just go to eBay and search on the item number. From Post #14 above: "GO TO Ebay Item # 150914868208."

It's been around for years. Way past the prototype phase.


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