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From digest.v7.n1374 Tue Mar 24 17:44:20 1998
From: Bob Stommel <>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 10:22:28 -0500
Subject: RE: Harness Install Help Needed

>I am looking for some input on harness install points for an E36 M3. Any
>recommendations on hardware? Also, should I get the H or Y pattern shoulder
>straps? Do I need backing plates?
>Any info is much appreciated.
>Ian Wendt
>1995 M3
>1993 325is

For any E36, if you are just doing driver schools and not racing, the Schroth 4-point harness works very well. To make the system easy to take in and out for driver schools, do the following:

  1. Replace the rear seatbelt bolts (under the rear seat) with eyebolts.
  2. Connect the shoulder harness straps to the rear eyebolts with the strongest snap links or D-rings you can find.
  3. Bend the ends of the lap belts slightly, remove the bolts in the rear of the front seat rails, slip the ends of the lap belts between the seat rail and the floor, and insert bolts that are about 1/2 inch longer than stock (take the stock ones to your dealer and ask for longer ones of the same hardness).

Remember that when you're harnessed into a seat, there is no place for your head to go if the car rolls. Your spinal cord takes the compression force if you don't have a rollbar in your car.

Bob Stommel
Hoosier Chapter

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