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Old 11-20-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Seatbelt Sleeves

The front seatbelt sleeves on my 91 EB are falling apart and the buckles are flopping around and banging against anything within reach. I purchased the replacement sleeves from JBG for both front seats. The replacements are made smaller than the originals and there is no way to get the metal end that attaches to the floor past the twist that is built in to the replacements. I thought about cutting them at the point of the twist to get the metal tab to go through, but I don't know if anyone makes a glue that will work to keep it together. has anyone tried using these replacements and got them to work?

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You could go to a local auto parts junkyards and get some sleeves for a few dollars.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:33 AM   #3
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thanks, I tried that and all the ones i found were in as bad shape as mine or worse. If JBG had made the replacements the same size as the originals, there would be no problem. I even tried putting them under very hot water to try and soften them up, but still could not get the bracket past the twist.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:21 AM   #4
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You try using a heat gun or hair dryer to heat it up some maybe?
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Are you pushing the braket through or do you have a string or something tied to te bracket to pull it? If not try putting a string on it and pull the braket through.
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Are you pushing the braket through or do you have a string or something tied to te bracket to pull it? If not try putting a string on it and pull the braket through.
I'd try a wire or a coat hanger, a string can break easily.
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I'd try a wire or a coat hanger, a string can break easily.
^^This, thats what I did.
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Even the originals require pulling the belt end through the twist with a wire. But before you do that, wash the belts. Click my tan CV in my signature & read the captions in the Seats & Belts album.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:15 PM   #9
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thanks, everyone. I have tried all of the things suggested except actually washing the belts themselves. I did clean and lube the bracket before trying to pull it through. the problem is that the replacements are too narrow at the point where the sleeve twists and even with heating with a heat gun they do not give enough to let the bracket through. I finally cut the sleeve above and below the twist and it was still a bear to get the bracket through. Now I need to find an adhesive that will work to glue the flap back down. I have only done this to the passenger side so far in case I hear of a better way to do it. The drivers side has not been cut yet. This would have been a great product if they had just made that area of the sleeve the same width and depth as Ford did. Maybe the 91 bracket is too big to be used in these replacements. are the newer model brackets smaller?
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