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Can you retain the stock 3 point seatbelt with an aftermarket seat?

I am planning on installing a Sparco Rev seat along with harnesses. I would like to keep the stock 3pt belts though for daily use, but am not sure if the stock belts are still useable, particuarly the receptacle that the buckle clips into.

Does anyone know of any solution to using both stock and harnesses for our car?

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Reverie Mulsanne C allows the stock seat belt. The tradeoff is that the bolsters aren't as deep as a dedicated race seat.
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The Tillett B-5 works fine (and still has excellent lateral support). Only problem is some rubbing between the center console and the seat belt receptacle as the seat is slightly wider than stock

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I currently use Tillet B5's with both stock 3pt and 6pt harnesses mounted for street and track use, respectively.

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re: Tillet, make sure you are aware of Tillet's disclaimer on the EB2 bracket:

"It is not recommended to use seat adjustment runners on a race or track car"

Tillett's EB2 is their only driver's side bracket which accepts the stock belts, and it also happens to be the one that fits on the stock adjustable runner - hence the disclaimer. The EB1 is the fixed driver side bracket, but it does not accept stock belts.

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re: Tillet, make sure you are aware of Tillet's disclaimer on the EB2 bracket:

"It is not recommended to use seat adjustment runners on a race or track car"

Tillett's EB2 is their only driver's side bracket which accepts the stock belts, and it also happens to be the one that fits on the stock adjustable runner - hence the disclaimer. The EB1 is the fixed driver side bracket, but it does not accept stock belts.
Hunh, I didn't know that. I wonder if you could fit the EB3 passenger side mount onto the driver's side?

That said, the runner system is crash tested for Federal certification. It might not hold up in a 100mph+ crash but at that point you probably have other problems too...

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You want to make sure the lap portion of the 3pt belt runs across your hip bones. If the belt is making contact with the sides of the seats and 'bridged' over your hips it will not be safe. This is why race seat are not compliant with 3pt belts - especially for skinnier folk. The Sparco Rev is a race seat that will also have to be cut to fit in an Elise/Exige.

We run the Mulsanne C in our Elise with the stock 3pt and a Schroth Enduro 6pt.

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