I planned to wait until I found a racing seat for sufficiently little money, but I decided to see how the harness felt going around the stock seat. It seemed reasonable, so I decided to commit. I unbolted the seat and started removing the stock seat belt components. This big bar was first to go. It tied the buckle into a solid point on the chassis.
With just two bolts on the bottom and some appropriate wrapping around the roll bar, the harness was installed.
The stock seat belt was proving a little difficult to remove, so this is all I was able to get out the first day.
One of the problems I was having was with this bolt. On the driver side, it appeared it screwed into a captive nut, but on this side, it just spun, and there was absolutely no way to hold the nut on the other end. I messed with it for quite a while, but finally gave up.
My other problem was the retractor was trapped in its little nook by the roll bar. I didn't want to unbolt the roll bar, so I had to get creative.
The answer to both problems ended up being the same: Sawzall.
Look how clean it is now!
There was a significant amount of struggling to get the retractor out, but I got it. The roll bar got a little scuffed up, but it will still do its job.
Here's the rest of what came out.
Normally, it doesn't take this many tools to remove a seat belt.
At this point, I thought I was done, but after one drive with the new belt, it was clear something needed to change. It was slipping off Chrissy's shoulders, which is a big problem. I again thought of a racing seat, but my inner cheapskate tried to think of a cheaper solution. All I needed from a racing seat was the holes for the belts to go through. Why not just add holes the the existing seat? They even have a basic template where the speakers used to be.
We both sat in the seat and marked where the tops of our shoulders sat.
Then I started cutting.
When I was happy with the holes, I did some quality tape work.
And installed it in the car. I didn't take pictures, but the back is similarly taped.
The final task was to replace the driver side, which looks much better with the black harness.
Weight Reinstalled: 2 lbs, 7 oz