The frame is then painted to ensure that the bare metal doesn’t rust or otherwise oxidize. I got to choose any color I wanted, as long as it was gloss black.
Now it was time to install the belts.
These are the Sabelt Enduro Silver 6-point belts. They also come in two higher trims, Gold and Platinum. Don’t let the “low end” choice of belt fool you. Despite being the entry into their enduro line, these Sabelt belts are fully featured and well outfitted.
The Enduro belts are designed with eye-bolt attachments for all points. Once you have the belt lengths adjusted as required, it is recommended that the hooks be installed and then these cotter pins run through the little hole. This helps prevent the latching mechanism from accidentally opening. If you need to remove the belts at any point in the future, simply remove the cotter pin and then you can open the latching assembly. A nice touch.
Pull down belts are what most people are familiar with, and are far easier to adjust constantly. The high quality of the Sabelt adjusters also ensures that you can actually adjust the lap belt easily yourself without too much fighting. My old harnesses were a constant source of frustration with respect to adjusting the lap belts.
The pull up belt can be easier to use in certain circumstances and cockpits, but it requires a lot more initial adjustment to get perfect, and cannot be easily adjusted at all once you are in the seat.
In most cases your factory seat belt mounting holes can be used for securing the lap belt harnesses via the supplied eye bolts. If your vehicle did not have a seat belt mounting attachment on the center-side, you can use a mounting/backing plate similar to how the sub belts are mounted. All seat belt mounting hardware, regardless of vehicle manufacturer, and for the last several decades, uses the same exact thread, so you can expect the eye bolts to screw right in.
The instruction manual is pretty clear about what acceptable angles for the belts are, so double check that using the factory mounts won’t put you in danger.
Fortunately the hole in the bottom of the Sabelt X-PAD seat is large enough to get your hands through in order to attach and adjust the submarine belts.