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bolt in vs wrap around harness efficacy and durability


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I recently picked up a set of G Force cam lock 6 points that are out of date but brand new in box. They are for use in my HPDE car. I thought they were wrap around style, but when I brought them home to find they are indeed bolt ins. (duh)

 

I was always under the impression that wrap arounds are safer than bolt ins, just less things to fail during an impact. Tabs, welds and bolts can all break - I guess what I'm asking here is how many of you all run bolt ins and how many trust these things to hold up to impacts? Obviously they exist for a reason but do they fail? should I go pick up a set of wrap arounds??

 

would love input from instructors and seasoned dudes who know about this stuff from experience.

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Well, unless you've crashed with both you're not going to know if there's a difference.

 

The key is in the attachment; you need to make sure the bolt-in end is anchored in such a way it can't come loose or tear the metal where it's mounted. Back it up with suitable plate or a very large washer to spread out any forces. You're talking about the shoulder portion, right? The lap and anti-sub belts bolt in, and there's nothing wrong with those being attached in that fashion.

 

I think the preference for the wrap around style is more an ease of installation than any superiority in safety, but I don't work for the SFI Foundation, so I could be wrong.

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Exactly. As long as you are smart about where and what you bolt them to, you will be fine. Just pay attention to the angle of the belts to your shoulders and a hefty anchor point.

 

On a side note, while I haven't seen yours, all of the G Force belts I have had come with the "bolt on" tabs already on the belt. I remove those to wrap over the harness bar.

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Are you sure the bolt-in part can't simply be unwrapped and removed, making the belts wrap-arounds? Unless the bolt-in ends are sewn into the webbing they should be removable, and if you have a proper bar to wrap them to, wrapping is preferred IMO.

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I looked again and depending on where the harness bar goes, it should actually fit as a wrap around. Thanks everyone for the replies

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