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Old 03-19-2004, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default well, it works: CG-Lock [product review]

not sure if everyone would agree it's worth the cash. if any of you local peeps care to try it i have two of them.

but i like it. simple to install. very easy to use. decently robust materials and design.

the only problem is it doesn't give you the shoulder belt cinch i loved to achieve with the S4 and power seats.

but if you have leather seats and not so good lateral support this will cure that. not to much of an issue with the STi except when you're really tossing her around in the corners.

you get a range of adjustability from loosy-goosy to full on circulation stopping cinching. the lock can be easily switched to "off" mode without uninstalling it - very cool!

can't wait for my 1st DE in late April to try it under some heavy lateral loads. but it looks promising.




some install pics on my '04 STi...






more info. here: CG-Lock

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Old 03-24-2004, 10:24 PM   #2
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I'd get that if I were autocrossing more but for now, i'll just stick with my old way:

buckle up, pull the shoulder belt portion to remove any lapbelt slack. Then, holding the belts close at the buckle so as to not allow slack to get back in, twist it a few times.

Now buckle back in!!!!!!! Voila!! Lap belt tight through your run.

It has worked for me in my WRX, 240sx and my old Supra.
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Old 04-11-2004, 11:08 AM   #3
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there is now a revised CG-Lock.

if you have a thick and curved belt clip section that mates with the CG-Lock, you'll want the revised version.

if your belt clip is thin and flat, you can use the existing version. for example Audi cars have a nice thin and flat belt clip section that mates very nicely to the existing CG-Lock design.

not all makes need the revised design. however, soon the old design will be discontinued.

and yes i was selling these for a brief period. you will have to contact CG-Lock directly for future orders.







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Old 04-10-2006, 07:59 PM   #4
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I have used the seat belt twist method for years when autocrossing, however I recently had the chance to try out the new CG-Lock instructor's version at an autocross event. I had always thought the twist method was secure, however after having used the CG-Lock, the twist method did not feel secure at all.

The instructor's version does not clamp onto buckle the way the original version does. The BL/BP Legacy has a short (length) buckle and the original version does not clamp onto the buckle securely, however, the instructor's version fits onto the buckle as it's supposed to.

I was able to cinch the lap belt down enough that I could not move at all, but when I was finished with a run, I could simply unfasten the seat belt as I would at any other time with no difficulty.

The CG-Lock worked exactly as advertised. I was impressed.

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Old 05-15-2006, 03:27 AM   #5
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I have one, and it works fine, but just as it states that it is only for off-road use (or something to that extent), it shouldn't really be used every day like I have.


I have had one for about almost a year now and although it works fine and just as good as it was new, the locking mechanism (knurled wheel) over time, frays your seatbelt. This isn't too good, as a frayed seatbelt has the possibility of snapping in a crash.

Just thought i'd throw in a FYI.
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:34 PM   #6
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I've had a couple for a few months now. The inventor actually lives about 5 minutes from my house so I got a really good explanation of the gear. I totally love these things. It is perfectly fine for daily driving as you can pop the slider off if you wish. Personally I find that they help in daily driving by forcing my butt into the seat better and helps with lower backpain.

As for performance....kickass. You feel corners MUCH MUCH MUCH better when using these. I could actually tell when I was getting sidewall flex because I was so tight in the seat I could feel so much of the car.

I highly recommend these to anyone and at the price that they are you can't get a better "harness-like" experience.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:46 AM   #7
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Bumping this back from the dead for more opinions of this product. Thinking about purchasing one very soon.

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Old 07-20-2007, 10:55 PM   #8
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An update:

I have had mine for *just* about 3 years now, and it still works the same as the day I bought it. As i've said before, the only problem is that over time, your seatbelt frays.

But I still love it. Closest thing you can get to a harness without compromising comfort or breaking the bank.

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Old 07-23-2007, 12:02 AM   #9
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I like it for daily driving, but found it to be not enough for autocross. I just needed my upper body more secure, so I got a Schroth harness for competition. But, it works well with as fast as I'm willing to go on the street. The only problem is that now when I use a normal seatbelt, the lap belt feels loose and drives me nuts.
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:21 AM   #10
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mine beat the hell out of my b pillar trim if I'm not careful when I loosen the seatbelt and exit the car.
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Old 08-04-2007, 10:17 PM   #11
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I have had mine for about 2 years and my only problem is that the little rubber strip keeps falling off. SO, I super glue it about every 6 months.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:40 AM   #12
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I bought one 2 years ago, and just used it a few days ago when I autocrossed for the first time. It still worked great!
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:03 PM   #13
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I have one, and it works fine, but just as it states that it is only for off-road use (or something to that extent), it shouldn't really be used every day like I have.


I have had one for about almost a year now and although it works fine and just as good as it was new, the locking mechanism (knurled wheel) over time, frays your seatbelt. This isn't too good, as a frayed seatbelt has the possibility of snapping in a crash.

Just thought i'd throw in a FYI.
Good to note.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:04 PM   #14
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hey, i have one too. it works ABSOLUTELY awesome when it comes to keeping me in the seat during auto-X. it takes perhaps 5 minutes to install, and only seconds to disable by removing the logo-bar.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:35 AM   #15
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Just installed a CG-Lock in my 09 WRX this weekend. Ever since I got the car, the lap belt has had a tendency to become loose under normal driving conditions. The device works as advertised, but my only concern is that the shoulder strap doesn't come straight back from the buckle. With the CG-Lock installed, the shoulder strap is directed forward and up (The direction the buckle...receptacle? is aimed), which means that the rear edge of the strap is loose while the forward edge is taut. Also, being a little pudgy, if I try to reach over to the glove compartment, the device digs into my side. Still, it keeps me planted and allows me to shift more smoothly.
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I really like my CG-Lock, it's a must for spirited driving (if a cage or harness bar isn't your thing).
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