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#218009 - 02/16/06 01:18 PM Seat belt stitching
GregK Offline
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Perhaps a touchy subject, but here goes....

I am doing the reupholstering of the interior next week. Part of the process is replacing the seat belt webbing. I have the new webbing (a perfect color match too). The big questions:

- What type and weight of thread should I be using?

- Is it safe to simply duplicate the existing stitch pattern on the belts?

- Is there anything else I should be aware of?
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#218010 - 02/16/06 01:41 PM Re: Seat belt stitching
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Would the manufacturer/dealer of the webbing perhaps be able to help you?
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#218011 - 02/16/06 10:38 PM Re: Seat belt stitching
nitelite Offline
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Registered: 12/31/05
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Loc: Tampa, FL
Greg, where did you get your new belts?
I have asked my uphosterer what they would do if someone's belts deteriorated, or needed to be replaced after an accident, etc.
He said that he can get black belts, and then they dye them. Yours came the correct color from where?
To answer your question, I would ask a reputable upholsterer.
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#218012 - 02/17/06 05:54 AM Re: Seat belt stitching
GregK Offline
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1987 Monte Carlo SS
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#218013 - 02/17/06 09:04 AM Re: Seat belt stitching
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Keep in mind that doing non-original seatbelt webbing stitching may put the person doing the stitching at risk for civil liability. That person might get sued if the seat belt fails in a collision.
You are right, this is a touchy subject. Only use original seat belts that are unaltered.
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#218014 - 02/17/06 10:00 AM Re: Seat belt stitching
GregK Offline
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Registered: 09/20/02
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Quote:
Originally posted by upflying:
Keep in mind that doing non-original seatbelt webbing stitching may put the person doing the stitching at risk for civil liability. That person might get sued if the seat belt fails in a collision.
You are right, this is a touchy subject. Only use original seat belts that are unaltered.
I have some different thoughts on this though. There are research articles available that prove seat belts weaken over time due to exposure to UV rays, heat etc. There are also some belts out there where the stitching is half worn through just because of the design of the belt. Anyway, let's be honest here, when a vehicle is safety inspected the belts are either given a quick visual inspection or not looked at in any way.

Having said all of that, I will at the very least duplicate the stitching of the factory belts and will likely add more than the factory has. I am using brand new material, not sun faded or weather weakened. I looked at the belts in my '93 Grand Am and see that they are stitched considerably more than the Monte belts.

I was hoping that some experience would be shared though. \:\)
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1987 Monte Carlo SS
White, Saddle, red stripes. All original. Factory ordered bucket seats with column shift (RPO verified!)
http://www.ssmonte.com/

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#218015 - 02/17/06 10:35 AM Re: Seat belt stitching
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I agree worn and old seat belts pose a greater risk. My point was you may find some reluctance from a tailor who is willing to sew together your webbing due to liability issues.
This site may offer some technical advice.
http://www.ssnake-oyl.com/
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#218016 - 02/17/06 10:55 AM Re: Seat belt stitching
GregK Offline
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Registered: 09/20/02
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Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Thanks, I'll check out the site.

I've already met resistance with the local upholstery shops. That's why I'm trying to figure it out on my own now. Everyone is just too scared to do it. I'm positive that they'll be more than safe enough when I'm done with them. \:\)
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1987 Monte Carlo SS
White, Saddle, red stripes. All original. Factory ordered bucket seats with column shift (RPO verified!)
http://www.ssmonte.com/

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#218017 - 02/18/06 01:30 AM Re: Seat belt stitching
nitelite Offline
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Registered: 12/31/05
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Loc: Tampa, FL
Great links, guys - thanks!
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