This is one I’ve been meaning to add to Sharka for a long time – the Hard Dog bolt-in harness bar. Those of us with NB (or “M2” as HD calls it) rollbars need a solution to use a harness. They offer this bolt in bar.
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I ordered it. There are very few photos of this part online. I figured it was a decent part like their rollbars and wouldn’t be difficult to install.
This is what the harness bar came with – a single page of text and a few washers. No photos. No packing list to ensure me that I did indeed have everything. Just what you see here.
The instructions were super cryptic. I was honestly at a loss after reading them. They made me more confused than I was before reading the instructions. A single photo would have been SO very helpful.
But how many ways could it go on, right? I knew it had to go in behind the seat but in front of the rollbar rear support. There’s a seatbelt tower back there. It probably bolted to that tower.
There are two possible holes in the seatbelt tower. The mounting holes on the harness bar are too far apart to fit in place of the OEM rear bulkhead brace. That left one set of holes – the seatbelt mounting holes.
Ugh. As if the belts weren’t bad enough already.
I was already in a crabby mood after reading the “instructions” but this made me see red. Mounting the harness bar this far up on the factory seat belt bolt and using this metal spacer… it just does not seem very secure. Not being able to use the large rectangular factory spacer seemed… horrible.
I don’t like any of this. It seems like safety is taking a back seat to being able to bolt parts into the car.
The orange thing is a hammer. I got to hammer the side locators flat to make them fit. What this photo doesn’t show is the time it took to very very carefully align the four bolts so that they all worked together and could fit into the holes. It was extremely not easy.
This is ONE bar and FOUR bolts. How could it be difficult?!?! My frustration level was in the red zone at this point. I feel agitated just typing about it a week later.
That’s the icing on the cake. The caps on the seat belts no longer work. The bar doesn’t let them.
Did I mention the seat belts no longer pivot? They’re also held firm by the harness bar. They’re pointed in the right direction, but they retract even worse than before due to the lack of pivot.
Well, it’s a harness bar. It’s installed.
As I mentioned above, this thing seems like a step backward in terms of safety. The way the bar bolts in at the top of that tall seatbelt bolt does not seem at all safe to me. That’s a lot of sheer force right at the top of that bolt that was not present before. And losing the seatbelt pivot functionality… yuck.
Less than 12 hours after installing this, I called Moti of Blackbird Fabworx and ordered a new GT3 rollbar. I’ve lusted after the gorgeous bars that he makes for a couple years now. The new one will be stronger than what Sharka has now, lighter, LOOK a hell of a lot prettier, and come with an integrated harness bar. It’s gonna be SO awesome.
I can’t wait to tear this HD harness bar right back out.