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Old 05-02-2020, 05:02 PM
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Hi guys Iím new on here and have a Q about installing a bucket seat in drivers side. I own a e36 coupe. Have I got worry about any connections? I.e seatbelt or airbag under the seat? As Iím not going to install a harness and use the original seatbelt. Thanks
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Old 05-02-2020, 06:19 PM
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Disconnect the battery before unplugging the seatbelt and/or seat occupancy sensor.
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Will I get away with using a resistor on the airbag underneath?
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Old 05-02-2020, 10:25 PM
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I moved your thread to the E36 forum so you can get model-specific help. I have no idea about using a resistor in the airbag sensor circuit. Sounds sketchy to me.
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Will I get away with using a resistor on the airbag underneath?
There's no occupancy sensor in the driver side seat, only the passenger seat. Your bigger problem is installing a race seat, but keeping the stock 3 point seat belts. The seat belt pretensioner, which includes the seat belt receptacle, is part of the seat and is attached to the inside frame of the seat. You'll need to figure out how to securely mount it to the mount for your seat.
The other issue is the race seat back has an integral head rest as part of the seat design, which depending on its design, changes the angle of the shoulder belt part of the seat belt. Most times it causes the shoulder belt portion to slide down too low.

The article I linked shows the details of the seat belt pretensioner.

https://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tec...eat-Repair.htm
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