My Elise has both the Vforce bar in it and grommets. I have run it at Laguna Seca & Spring Mtn. I have complete confidence in this set up. We've had professionals (HMS) work with us to develop these solutions.
Is the OE bar a better solution from a safety perspective - yes. But you correctly stated it is more expensive and intrusive.
Please understand that track driving with a street focused car is a compromise. A caged car, race seats, fire suppression system, etc...is the safest bet. But that won't be street legal.
Pick your poison, driving on track is a dangerous activity.
I would bet $ that those track groups you ran that car with did not do any pre track tech on the car, and if they did, they missed the grommets in their inspection.
There was a time when i had complete confidence in you and sector 111, you were very nice to deal with when i spoke with you on the phone once.
that said, this item which sells for $25 has distorted that view of you and your company for me. it makes me feel that you are more interested in the bottom line of your business than your customers safety.
that was reinforced when it was found out that one of your harness bars that you made/sold was determined to be unsafe by your team of experts that you refer us too. you soolution was to simply put the item on clearance, and not inform the customers that this bar had issues with its postion, and was only acceptable to be used by people who were around 6' 2".
Knowing this, has crushed your credibilty with me as far as someone who markets "safe" products and ideas. lets not forget that tow hook that damaged someones car when it was actually used for its intended purposes.
hopefully this post will be allowed to remain, and not be deleted by the mods on the forum. what i am posting here is my opinion, just as what you post is your opinion. You do sell some very nice items, but the grommet solution is not one of them.
i have no bad feeling towards you or sector 111, no agenda, other than that people know what they are purchasing when it comes to safety items, and that they do a bit of research before buying and using stuff like this.
just because something is made/sold, doesnt mean that it has been tested or will actually work.
usually in life, you get what you pay for; IMO, in the case of the seat grommets, you dont even get that at a cost of $25.
no hard feelings, but i know that you as a business can never admit that you are possibly wrong on this grommet product, as it would (potentially)cause all of those people who have cut their seats up for this product to demand new seats from you, on your dime, and that would hurt your bottom line as a business.