While continuing my saga of preparing for my 2009 MARRS/SCCA season, I have completed another step of transforming my 2001 Z06 Corvette to meet the SCCA GCRs. I now actually have put the passenger side Corbeau Racing Seat into the car along with the fire extinguisher. While none of this applies to my future attempt to drive over 200 MPH, it is all required if I am going to race my own car this summer while attempting to maintain that precious “work / race” balance.
There were nine (9) basic steps to this procedure:
- Remove the old seat
- Attach the bracket to the new seat
- Attach the safety harness connectors to the seat
- Connect the harness under the seat
- Install the seat into the car on the four bolts in the floor
- Install the fire extinguisher on top of the front bolts
- Install the “harness bar” between the seat bolt and the harness bar
- Bolt down the four bolts
- Connect the remaining harness belts
Please note that the “harness bar” that runs behind the seats for the top two belts of the 5 point belt was already installed for me at Tony’s Corvettes. Similarly, the harness connections down by the lap belt connectors was also installed there.
I decided to capture some of this work here in the blog with a few pictures. I was considering bottling some of the sweat as well just to show I actually do some of these things myself…
Step 1: Remove the old seat
I do not have any pictures of me removing the old seat. It was done long ago on the previous attempts of installing Sparco seats into the car. Below is a shot of the car without the seat in it. Note the four bolts sticking up from the floor. These are the bolts that the new seat will bolt down on. The fire extinguisher is attached to the two front bolts in this picture.
I do have a shot of the old seat next to the new seat before it went in though. This allows some comparison of height, width, etc.
Step 2: Attach the bracket to the new seat
I ordered two different brackets (driver and passenger) for the identical seats. The main difference between the brackets is a connector for the “inside” lap belt connector. Clearly the inside of the bracket is different for a driver or passenger seat (left or right). In this case “inside” means towards the middle of the car versus the lap belt connector out near the door. The bracket simply bolts onto the bottom of the seat with four bolts that come with the seat. Below is a picture of the seat after the bracket was bolted onto it.
Step 3: Attach the safety harness connector to the seat
The lapbelt and inside belt connector need to be attached to the seat. They can be seen on the side of the seat below. The new safety harness connector is the solid metal part and the block part is to the old lap belt.
Step 4: Connect the harness under the seat
The photo below shows the connector for the leg belts being connected to the interior side of the seat. This has to be done before you install the seat or you will never be able to connect it.
The result below shows that the leg belts are now sticking out of the middle of the seat. This is the main part of the 5-point harness system as it contains the buckle that all of the 4 other belts (2 shoulder, 2 waist) will connect into.
Step 5: Install the seat into the car on the four bolts in the floor
and Step 6: Install the fire extinguisher on top of the front bolts
and Step 7: Install the “harness bar” between the seat bolt and the harness bar
Bolting the system to the floor all happens at once. The seat is installed onto the bolts. The fire extinguisher is bolted to the front seat bolts and the harness bar support is connected between the outside rear seat bolt and the harness bar above the seats.
Step 8: Bolt down the four bolts
From there it is as simple as tightening the four bolts.
Step 9: Connect the remaining harness belts
This is as simple as taking the belts and attaching them to the connectors on the harness bar and the other connectors.
Finally! Sit down, buckle up, and hold on! Or at least pretend to since I am in the passenger seat and no one is driving.
Most of this was extremely straight forward – aside from the fact that the lapbelt connectors and harness bar were already done by Tony’s Corvettes.