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    Driver's Seat Belt

    My driver's seat belt has an annoying curl and the tensioner's belt buckle latch is sun-worn-faded. I am thinking about getting them replaced, probably driver's side only.

    How difficult is this to do? Have any of you guys replaced the driver's seat belt?

    RealOEM has some confusing descriptions next to some part numbers:

    For vehicles with deactivated driver's airbag = Yes
    (Lft frnt upper belt w/o force limiter)
    part # 72118240231

    For vehicles with deactivated driver's airbag = No
    and
    driver's airbag = Yes
    (Lft frnt upper belt with force limiter)
    part # = 72117009857

    For vehicles with Airbag for front passenger S243A=Yes
    and
    deactivated passenger air bag = No
    (Left front upper belt, overlength)
    part # 72117012687


    Which Part # do I need to go with, given that I have both working driver's and passenger's airbags?

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    Not sure about your questions, but for what its worth, I just ironed my curled seat belt and it helped somewhat. I will take another stab at it to see if I can get it completely flat, but I think I reduced it by 50 to 75%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mannydog View Post
    Not sure about your questions, but for what its worth, I just ironed my curled seat belt and it helped somewhat. I will take another stab at it to see if I can get it completely flat, but I think I reduced it by at least 50%.
    That probably isn't a good idea... I'd imagine slight weakening of the belt could occur.
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    I used a very low heat and lots of water spray. Not super worried.

    05 ZHP Sedan, auto, Orientblau, natural brown

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavette View Post
    My driver's seat belt has an annoying curl and the tensioner's belt buckle latch is sun-worn-faded. I am thinking about getting them replaced, probably driver's side only.

    How difficult is this to do? Have any of you guys replaced the driver's seat belt?

    RealOEM has some confusing descriptions next to some part numbers:

    For vehicles with deactivated driver's airbag = Yes
    (Lft frnt upper belt w/o force limiter)
    part # 72118240231

    For vehicles with deactivated driver's airbag = No
    and
    driver's airbag = Yes
    (Lft frnt upper belt with force limiter)
    part # = 72117009857

    For vehicles with Airbag for front passenger S243A=Yes
    and
    deactivated passenger air bag = No
    (Left front upper belt, overlength)
    part # 72117012687


    Which Part # do I need to go with, given that I have both working driver's and passenger's airbags?
    Lower belt connection is bolted to the drivers seat with a 15mm (might be 16mm), raise seat to highest setting to get to it, easy. The top is a torx, it’s under the B pillar cover so you need to remove the sill plates, then the lower b pillar, then the upper. Be CAREFUL removing the lower b pillar or you will break the tabs at the top. Pull it straight down, not out anymore than you need to release the bottom tabs. Removing the seat makes this much easier.

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