200 Comfort seats: was windage tray in oil sump
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Tue Jan 25 13:56:45 EST 2005
At 10:44 PM -0500 1/24/05, C1J1Miller at aol.com wrote:
>I'll second that.
>I'm cognizant of cinching down the belt approximately three times a lap.
>Tighter tracks like NHIS and LRP top that. Time for a harness.
>-Scott by BOSTON
>> I'll put in my own harsh opinion about the type 44 at the track: the
>> comfort seats are "lousy".
>The comfort seats do ok if you get the belts tight.
>Two things help.
>First, give the belt a twist before sticking it into the latch.
>That keeps it from loosening up across your waist.
>Second, use the memory seat settings. One programmed back a ways to
>make it easy to get in/out. The second one is your favorite driving
>position. Then, get in the car and recline the seat back a little.
>Put on your seat belt (with a twist before latching). Give a quick
>pull to the shoulder belt to latch the inertial lock. Now, hit the
>memory position to return the seat to normal driving position.
>You'll be pressed slightly into the seat, with a locked seat belt
>holding you from sliding around.
That's a good method, but I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say that
comfort seats will then "do OK". Better? Yes. There are two aspects:
sliding butt ("sliding bum" for our Canadian/Brit readers) and
sliding back (upper torso). The seatbelt method that Chris mentions
does help me--especially with respect stabilizing my butt, however
for many people (even chunky guys like me) the very wide spacing of
the comfort seatback bolsters can still allow excessive (IMO)
side-to-side sway of the upper torso when the oem shoulder-belt is
extra tight (at least when it's as tight as I've managed to get it.
I'll try harder next time. ;-)
In our red '91 200--the one that I do not track (duh!)--there are
sport seats, and they make a big improvement in stabilizing the upper
torso even in street use. Unfortunately that cars' interior color is
not the same as the track car-- otherwise I'd have just switched the
sport seats into it. After last season, I began to think it was time
for a set of harnesses.
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