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Old 03-24-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
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im considering getting this harness bar http://www.islandmotorsports.com/cgi...tegory_Code=IS
anyone use this and have any comments on it? I'd also like to get a set of harness seat belts but i'm not sure what to get. what's the difference between 4,5 and 6 point harnesses? I'm considering getting a set from sparco. any opinions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:34 PM   #2
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its a nice harness bar...but for that $$$ you could get sparco harness bar with sparco harnesses...i got my sparco harness bar and two 5point harnesses for $550 from one of the vendors on Nasioc
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:36 PM   #3
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^^^I would like to get some feed back as well, I am in the market for the same setup for auto-x...
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Old 03-24-2006, 06:07 PM   #4
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thinks its a bad idea to get this kinda of set up as a daily driver?
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Old 03-24-2006, 06:24 PM   #5
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thinks its a bad idea to get this kinda of set up as a daily driver?
Yes, unless you'd like your head to pop off in an accident. In general these harnesses do not stretch like a stock seatbelt and therefore should be used for "offroad purposes only."



Unless you like being called a ricer.
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Old 03-25-2006, 05:05 AM   #6
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its a nice harness bar...but for that $$$ you could get sparco harness bar with sparco harnesses...i got my sparco harness bar and two 5point harnesses for $550 from one of the vendors on Nasioc
Which vendor was this ??? I'd like to talk to them.

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Old 03-25-2006, 02:47 PM   #7
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im thinking bad idea as daily driver

1) you'd look ridiculous with a 5pt harness on cruising down a free way

but more importantly

2) if you have rear passengers and you get into a front end collision, you can kiss your buddies good bye. Their skulls will be crushed to a pulp in an instant.
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Old 03-26-2006, 01:59 AM   #8
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im thinking bad idea as daily driver

1) you'd look ridiculous with a 5pt harness on cruising down a free way

but more importantly

2) if you have rear passengers and you get into a front end collision, you can kiss your buddies good bye. Their skulls will be crushed to a pulp in an instant.
Are you suggesting that if you have a harness bar installed the rear passenger seat belts stop functioning???
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Old 03-26-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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Are you suggesting that if you have a harness bar installed the rear passenger seat belts stop functioning???
They'll function as advertised but the stock restraints weren't designed to compensate for a horizontal metal beam 10" in front of the rear passenger's face. Front passengers have airbags to keep their heads from smashing into the steering wheel and dashboard. The harness bar would definately cause major injury to any rear passengers in a header.
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Old 03-26-2006, 02:46 PM   #10
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With any harness bar you shouldn't have rear passengers for the reasons stated above.. Don't be daft, big steel bar in front of someone's face? would YOU sit back there?

Also you should never drive on the street with a 5 or 6 point harness but it has nothing to do with looking ridiculous, seat belts stretching, or fear of your "head popping off" in an accident.

The real reasons are that while properly belted in you won't be able to lift your opposing shoulder to check to see if it's safe to change lanes, nor are harnesses DOT approved, hence technically not street legal.

There is also some concern that in a rollover while wearing a harness without a rollbar or cage (ie true rollover protection) you could be crushed as a you cannot "submarine" under the steering column as you could in a standard 3 point belt. IMO this is pretty unsubstantiated as I know of not one incident where this has occured.

I actually looked at all the available options for harness bars and ended up having one custom fabricated by master cage builder Mitch Piper of Piper Motorsports. Huge difference in my confidence of the integrity of my bar vs. the other available ones in the event of an accident.

It's for sale right now for $250 + s/h (only b/c I'm trading in the STi).

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