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Old 04-26-2010, 07:54 AM
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Seat Belt Holder

Has anyone, other than myself, had a very disappointing experience with the Mini Seat Belt Holder??

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Old 04-26-2010, 11:42 AM
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The seat belt holder? Do you mean the clicking it into the harness (holder) ? What is going wrong?

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Old 05-01-2010, 06:21 AM
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Liz:

It is to capture the strap and keep it positioned at the drivers left shoulder so the driver does not have to reach back as far to acquire the seat belt when you strap into the Mini. They come in a set so the passenger has one as well.

Being plastic, located under and protruding from the headrest where it captures the seat belt strap and is an option from MINI. IF you push the seat back forward to get something from behind the seat it will break this cheesy plastic device and your monies spent at the dealership are down the drain.

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Old 05-01-2010, 07:50 AM
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Re: Seat Belt Holder

I read some about these...the plastic tends to snap.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:59 AM
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No problems with the seatbelts here, Stephen, but I LOVE your avatar. That dragon is beautiful.
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:51 AM
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Not seat belts

Kristin:

Is is NOT the seat belt that is the problem, it is the Mini Seat Belt Holder that is an option from the dealership.

I am going to make one that really works and does NOT break when accessing the things behind the seat.

Thanks for the positive on the avatar. I do not remember where I found the Japanese dragon

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:00 AM
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Sounds like if you make one that doesn't snap off, you'll have an instant market for them.
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:21 AM
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I think Mini made it so delicate to not hurt anyone in the event of a catastrophe, like going upside down at 50+ mph and possibly hitting your head on it. I have tinkered with a design that might be out of the way enough and not hurt anyone, but since nobody has ever sat in my backseat, or will, so that is not an issue.

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Old 05-01-2010, 10:12 AM
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May I recommend the Rear Seat Delete Kit available here: http://www.rearseatdelete.com/mini.html
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:26 PM
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Sound deadening is the only reason I keep the rear seats, although they do offer storage space for things like binoculars, power cords, cameras between the seat back and seat bottom. Noise is something I dislike.

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Old 05-01-2010, 01:59 PM
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We got some very inexpensive and easy to install noise deadening insulation (I think it's for duct work - thanks Dave for the suggestion) at Home Depot. Rich says the MINI is quieter now than before we took the seats out.
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Old 05-01-2010, 02:05 PM
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If noise is a problem, talk to Liz (Agent99). She has some pictures in her garage when she added sound deadner in her MINI.
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:01 PM
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I have talked to Liz about the noise issue. At some point in time I tried to get together with her and measure the sound difference with a meter (numbers are always a good thing).

Of all the rear seat delete kits I have seen I have yet to see how easy it is to open the deck to stow things. It could not be much easier than lifting the rear seat back could it?

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Old 05-01-2010, 06:57 PM
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The rear seat delete is flexible, and you can lift it from the front. I didn't like this. I built my own with a door for the seatbelts (needed for the Schroth harness), and doors right over the seat pockets for the greatest storage capacity. Do cardboard, use the seatbacks for patterns and do it out of lightweigt 1/2 inch plywood. I put a half inch lip on the front, used 1x2s to frame the doors on the underside so that I could attach cabinet magnet latches. I needed to use the 1x2s (maybe 2?) to build up the rearward portion so it sat level. I figured out how to bolt down the rear, and used a heavy "velcro-ish" fastener on the front, screwed into the cross member. I had it professionally upholstered with black carpet. When you take the seats out, just look at how they attached, and you can figure out how to attach the rear. Come look if you want. Pat
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:28 AM
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Pat: I would like to see what you have done with that back seat delete. If you get over to this side of the Sound please let me know and we can get together for coffee/show and tell. Did all that plywood actually save weight???

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