200 Comfort seats: was windage tray in oil sump

Phil Rose 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:
>Scott writes:
>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".
>>  Phil
>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.


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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