You've got the racing harness ... now
what? Here are the instructions you need to install it.
Just so you know, the instructions where based on
installing a Schroth Rallye 4 racing harness in a 1997
Saturn SC2. The instructions are pretty much the same for
any Saturn coupe and pretty close for a Saturn four door.
Before we get started, here's a list of
some things youre going to need
- Philips screwdriver
- Two small tipped flat screwdrivers
- Socket wrench with a three to four
- Torque wrench
- Medium sized needle nose pliers
- A wrench for bending the strap
- The following sockets (must fit
the socket wrench as well as the torque wrench)
- (1) T50 Torx bit
- (1) E10 "star"
- (1) 18mm socket
Also, "harness hardware"
refers to the racing harness, "belt hardware"
refers to the factory seat-belt hardware.
ready to get started
here we go
Step 1: Installing the tail strap
- Remove the rear seat "tops".
To do this, simply lower the seats, push them
towards the center of the car and gently lift up
at about a 45` angle. The outer side should pull
out and then just move the whole seat toward the
outside and the rest should come out. Repeat for
- Remove the "carpet inserts"
from the rear armrest. Youll see two plastic clips in the front of the armrest. Using the
needle nose pliers and the flat tipped screw
drivers, pull out the core of the clips, then the
outer part (if you eat one up with the pliers,
dont worry, as long as you can them out,
there about $.20 at the Saturn dealer). Then just
pull out the armrest.
- Youll see a clip on the back of the lower part of the
seat in the middle of it. Just push down and out
on the seat clip until it pops out. Then just
pull the seat up and back to expose the seatbelt
- Undue the two lower bolts holding
in the factory seatbelt (center bolt ... drivers side bolt).
- Adjust the tail strap so it is at
its longest length. Put it around the seat
and make sure everything sits just fine. Then
bolt the harness down using the factory bolts. Make sure to put
the harness hardware though the bolt first, then
the factory belts hardware. Put the factory hardware in the
position its supposed to be in, and put the
harnesses hardware at about 90` counter-clockwise.
Tighten the bolts down to about 37lb of torque. Your going to
have to bend the harness hardware a little so it
comes up next to the factory belt. The
harness hardware should come a little bit left of
the factory hardware when youre tightening.
- Set the seat down and make sure
everything fits nicely. Then just pop everything
back together. Make sure that the rear shoulder
harness belts go back into the original spots
when you put the bottom of the seat back in. When
you do the seat "tops", push in the
middle, then the outer side should slide right
into the bracket.
- The tail straps
Step 2: Installing the shoulder/lap
- Lay out the harness on the drivers
seat just like it should be sitting when youre
- Loosen the drivers seat. To do
this, simply use the E10 star bit and remove the
bolts in all four corners of the seat and lift a
little bit. Dont pull up to high, youll
snap the seat belt warning light wires.
- Undo the two bolts holding in the
lower part of the factory lap/shoulder belt on
the left-hand side of the car.
- Put the harness hardware on the front bolt of the lower lap/shoulder belt and
tighten both bolts back in.
- Angle the seat toward the outside
of the car to expose the right hand side belt
mount. Undo the two screws holding on the plastic
cover. Undo the bolt holding in the factory
belt. Put the harness
hardware though the bolt, then the belt hardware
and tighten it down.
Put the plastic back into place. If you
positioned the harness hardware correctly, you
should be able to fit the plastic back on. It
will bend a little, but it should still be able
to be tightened down.
- Now just put the seat back in
position and put the star bolts back in. Arrange the
harness like it should be sitting on the seat. Then loosen all of the straps and connect the back
clip to the tail strap.
You should be able to sit down and tighten the
belt up now. Now go try it out!