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Old 07-25-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default Baby seat locking clip as a ghetto CG Lock

I'm wondering if anyone has tried using a baby seat locking clip (see below) as a ghetto CG Lock for autox or track day in a street car (with street belts).



How well did it work?
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:01 PM   #2
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works purty darn good

move yer seat back a couple inches from regular position, cinch down the baby clip, then slide seat forward...presto you are strapped down tight!

this option is too low tech for some ppl tho!

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Old 07-25-2006, 08:53 PM   #3
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I'm wondering if anyone has tried using a baby seat locking clip (see below) as a ghetto CG Lock for autox or track day in a street car (with street belts).



How well did it work?
Used one in our car for the last year.
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Old 07-25-2006, 09:44 PM   #4
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Used one in our car for the last year.
Yes, and how did it work for you?
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:33 PM   #5
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Yes, and how did it work for you?
Works great.
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:08 PM   #6
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my friend uses a huge fisher price one.. super funny. it's baby blue and yellow! wish i had a pic!
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Old 07-26-2006, 07:55 PM   #7
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Excellent. Evenflo racing gear it is.
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Old 07-26-2006, 08:22 PM   #8
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I used one for a while too. Great way to save money, and works better than the old twist the belt trick.
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Where can one of these be purchased?
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:16 AM   #10
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ebay.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:19 AM   #11
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Where can one of these be purchased?
Taget, toysRus, babiesRus etc.
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Old 07-27-2006, 11:21 AM   #12
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Even cheaper trick...

Slide your seat back from your normal position (you can also do it but reclining the seat back).
Yank the belt to engage the safety lock and don't let it retract once it's grabbed. It will take a little practice to get it to lock in the exact position you want.
Now slide the seat forward again so you're pinned in the seat and the lock remains engaged. The belt needs to be very tight against you so it can't retract at all as you move in the seat.
If you do it right, the belt will remain engaged and will hold you in the seat very nicely - even better than a CG lock IMO because it has also cinched down the shoulder strap across your chest.

To release, slide the seat back and the belt retracts, releasing the lock.
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Old 07-27-2006, 11:43 AM   #13
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Even cheaper trick...

Slide your seat back from your normal position (you can also do it but reclining the seat back).
Yank the belt to engage the safety lock and don't let it retract once it's grabbed. It will take a little practice to get it to lock in the exact position you want.
Now slide the seat forward again so you're pinned in the seat and the lock remains engaged. The belt needs to be very tight against you so it can't retract at all as you move in the seat.
If you do it right, the belt will remain engaged and will hold you in the seat very nicely - even better than a CG lock IMO because it has also cinched down the shoulder strap across your chest.

To release, slide the seat back and the belt retracts, releasing the lock.

i could never get that to work.
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:23 PM   #14
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i could never get that to work.
The key is in getting yourself tight enough in the belts that it can't retract at all. It only takes a little bit of slack to allow it to retract enough to release the lock, so it needs to be uncomfortably tight when you start out.

Works good for short stints (i.e. autocross and rallyx), but I will admit that you're probably going to settle into the seat enough during a track session that it may loosen up on you.

And to think that I just threw away 8 of those baby seat clips a few weeks ago cleaning out my tool box. I could have made a killing selling them as "advanced driving aids"
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:33 PM   #15
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The key is in getting yourself tight enough in the belts that it can't retract at all. It only takes a little bit of slack to allow it to retract enough to release the lock, so it needs to be uncomfortably tight when you start out.

Works good for short stints (i.e. autocross and rallyx), but I will admit that you're probably going to settle into the seat enough during a track session that it may loosen up on you.

And to think that I just threw away 8 of those baby seat clips a few weeks ago cleaning out my tool box. I could have made a killing selling them as "advanced driving aids"
i think i have a few left. they are such a pain to deal with.
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