Here was a really simple mod and a good bang for the buck.
I really don’t want a full racing type harness for my MINI. The “look” of a full harness is a little more than I want for my car (at this time). I also don’t have the money, such that I can justify $200+ for a seat-belt.
But… I did think it would be nice to be able to “strap in” a little tighter when driving the curvies. So, after a bit of research, I decided to give the C-G Lock a try. This is not s safety device; it is an add on to your regular seat belt that just holds the tightness of the lap portion of the belt.
The cost was just $39.95 from Out Motoring.
The Lock showed up with no installation instructions, and even though I am good at figuring out stuff like this, I had no idea how to install it. After a quick email to Out Motoring, they sent me a link to the C-G Lock home page which has a couple videos showing how to install it. Very simple. I easily and quickly installed and looked forward to trying it out.
On Sunday I ran over to the Dragon… the perfect place to try out my new seat belt modification. To use the Lock, your just wear the regular seat belt as usual. When you want a little extra tightness to your belt, you give the shoulder strap a tug and this tightens the lap portion of the belt. The should strap says “loose” like it always is. Wow, what a difference, I felt one with my car. It held me nicely to my seat in the curvies. I love this little Lock. I absolutely noticed a difference in my driving and handing of the curvies.
If you need to loosen the Lock, there is a little button/lever you can use to “unlock” the Lock. By the end of the day I had my adjusting down pat: When it was time to make a run, I would sit back good in my seat, grab the shoulder strap and give it a good solid couple of hard yanks. This secured my butt to the seat as if we were one, but still left me able to move my torso around. After a run, I would use the lever to loosen the belt.
The nice thing is this Lock does not interfere or encumber everyday driving. I drove to Sam’s Club yesterday (an hour drive) and didn’t feel the need for a “harness”. In this case, I left the little slider bar in the “off” position and the seat belt acts totally as “normal”.
So, if you are thinking about a harness because you would like to be held a bit more solidly in your seat while driving, but can’t afford one, or don’t want quite that intense a look, I recommend giving the CG-Lock a try.
For my purposes, I like the CG-Lock. It is easy to install, and works well for what it is intended to do.