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Old 08-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #288
The Stig
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From the Ashes: The Stig's Ashen Gray ZL1

The issue is the seat belt buckle. With the Recaro bolsters, the seat belt buckle's "resting position" got raised up a good six inches - why does this matter? Because the plastic out door panels are made out of doesn't like being repeatedly hit with a metal buckle.

Here's a picture of where the buckle rests when it's hooked into the shoulder strap/clip. This wouldn't be an issue, but I gave my sister a ride today, so she had to buckle the seat belt into the shoulder strap/clip. Normally it is undone.

I think (not sure), but I think they raised where the stop for the buckle is located. Here's a picture of the back of the belt:

This is a picture of my door panel after the drive home.

Now, you're probably thinking I'm talking about that white spot - not exactly, the white spot is where the buckle hits when it's not hooked into the shoulder strap/clip.

If you look at the top corner of the picture you'll see a section of the door panel that's a different color than the rest - yea, that's from a 15 minute drive.

So a week of driving and I've already got visible white rub marks on my plastic - I'm sorry, but that's just flat out unacceptable.

This goes back to my question of "how did dozens of fleet drivers, driving tens of thousands of miles miss this, but I find it before I even finish my break in.

All I can think about, is what happens when I autocross? Do I need to put tape over my seat belt buckles so they don't scratch up the door panels?

If anyone has any ideas how I can visually show how much the buckle hits the door panel that'd be awesome.
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