Car #: 20
Year : 92 Posts: 1801
Your belts are good until 12/31/2010. If you buy new, make sure they have a 2011 date. Re-webbing is also an option, if there is no wear or corrosion on the hardware. Some manufacturers will not re- web.
Car #: 72 and ?
Year : 90 and 90 Posts: 1051
For SFI belts: Last time I looked the NASA rule was 2 years from date of manufacture, with no additional time. So belts dated 4-2008 expire on 4-2010.
SCCA and also Midwestern Council have the same wording giving the remainder of the callandar year. So a belt dated 4-2008 would expire 12-31-2010
FIA belts will have a tag stating something like "not valid after 2012" This is 5 years from date of manufacture. Note that some belts carry both a FIA and SFI certification. Th longest date takes precidence.
There is virtually no difference between SFI and FIA testing/certification. The difference is which group gets paid for the certication. I was told FIA is $5000 per belt design. 5 point costs $5k, another 5 k for 6 point, another 5k for pull ups, another 5 k for 2" belts, etc. Since SFI is a USA based group, USA sanctioning bodies generally require the SFI standards.
Most seat belt companies will reweb their own belts for a nominal fee.
Off the shelf belts are generally dated 2-3 months after manufacture. So belts built this week (Nov 2010) will have a Jan 2011 build date tag. This allows for a certain amount of shipping and shelf life.
Whenever possible try to buy belts in the early part of the year. This gives you the longest usefull life
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Car #: 3
Year : 1992 Posts: 1304
FIA belts include Sparco, Willans, Sabelt, OMP, Schroth, and others.
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Car #: 60
Year : 1990 Posts: 1487
quote:Originally posted by Dave Stevens: Crow used to recert any manufacturers belts but that was against SFI rules. They only changed the policy in the last year or so to cover only Crow products.
Who beside Crow will re-web thier belts? I have used Simpson belts for years and like them, but I don't believe they offer anything other than new belts. At ~$150 per set, it's worth investigating. Rick P.S. No hijack intended, but as I recall, NASA enforces a five year expiration on window nets.
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Car #: 30
Year : 1991 Posts: 62
I have used Crow belts in several of my cars. Great to deal with. Often if you call you will deal with Fred Crow himself. Very helpful and make a good product. No affiliation here, just a happy customer.
I have used the HANS 5 point and 6 point harnesses. Good stuff.