RACQ pointed me to the right place in Townsville.
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16-03-2012 11:00 #21
17-03-2012 12:22 #22
Hi Sorry I know I was supposed to put this up yesterday. The guy we went to to get an anchor point put in our ute (twin cab) is called John and he is based in Casula in NSW. He can travel to you depending on where you live. His number is 0402265899. DH can't remember exactly how much it cost but it was between $200 and $300.
17-03-2012 12:36 #23Senior Member
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We got it done for $200 including fitting the seat after. If you buy a new seat the part will come in the box. Dh and I watched the guy do it and know we can do it ourselves next time. So super easy!
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17-03-2012 13:51 #24
Anchor points have to be rated and engineered for the stresses that will result in the event of a crash. If you crash, the entire force of the crash will be transferred to that tiny part of whatever bit of metal you drill into. If that point isn't strong enough, the bolt will rip through the sheet metal and your child will have a fairly negative experience.
If the car has a rated, threaded anchor point, by all means CAREFULLY install the loop that comes with the carseat yourself. As long as you tighten it to the right torque and don't cross thread it, it will be perfectly safe.
But if it doesn't have that anchor point installed, don't do it yourself. Pay a professional - that $200-300 not only includes drilling the hole, it also includes whatever extra bracing is needed on either side of the sheet metal to make it safe and the approval of a qualified, certified engineer.
It is worth every cent. To be honest, it is an absolute bargain.
17-03-2012 14:06 #25
17-03-2012 16:13 #26Senior Member
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17-03-2012 16:23 #27
You need a registered mechanical engineer. I had two put in my van recently.
17-03-2012 16:56 #28
It just depends on how drastically you want to modify the car, and how much you want to spend.
Needless to say, a mechanic isn't an authority on these things. An engineer is.
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