I don't have time to sift through all the pages in the successful Radian install thread!


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UPDATE: I don't have time to sift through all the pages in the successful Radian install thread!

Can someone help me?? My friend has a 2006 Ford Escape and she's installing her Radian 65 FFing. RFing its rock solid, but she can't get it to install tightly FFing. Her DD is over the weight limit for RFing, so she's got to turn it around. She is using the outboard position behind the passenger front seat.

Any tips/tricks on this seat I can pass on to her?



UPDATE: Thank you so much for the help Jen - my friend was able to print off those instructions, take them to her car, and her DH and her together were able to get a rock solid FF installation. You helped a TON!
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I remember reading something about twisting the seat belt stock a full turn and pulling the seat cover velcro away from the side and using the side closest to the seatbelt stock to pull the shoulder part through. Get more of a pull that way. But I am sure I make NO sense. I hope a tech can help you so in essence I am bumping for them........
cause I am NOT a tech and am more then likely wrong! sorry


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Thanks :) I appreciate it! Any help is better than nothing. Anyone who has "worked" with the seat is going to know more than me!


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If her daughter is over the weight limit for RFing, I'm guessing that she's just over it... which means you can install with LATCH.


Put the seat in position and clip on the lower anchors. Attach top tether LOOSELY (you will tighten this later, but for now it keeps it out of the way). Pull all the slack out of the belt. Now unvelcro the side of the seat that is closest to the tail end of the latch belt. Feed the tail end of the belt from the back of the seat through to the front of the seat...

It will look like this (only that's the tail end of a seatbelt, but same difference)...

Kneel in the seat and pull straight up and towards the inside of the carseat to get all the remaining slack out of the lower anchor belt.

Test for movement... one hand at the belt path and gentle tugging... no reefing. :) If it moves more than an inch, then repeat, kneel in the seat and pull slack out. Test again. Then feed tail end back through velcro opening to the back of the seat and re-attach velcro.

Attach top tether and tighten down.

In order for a tight install... the lower anchors almost always need to come up behind the seat and into the belt path, instead of around the seat into the belt path... watch the positioning of the lower anchors.


If you are installing with seatbelt, then you can use the same trick... only you pull the excess shoulder belt through the velcro opening and pull straight up and in. Once you have the lap portion as tight as you can make it... keep hold of the shoulder belt so that the lap portion can not loosen at all, then pull remaining shoulder portion out of retractor to engage locking feature and feed all of the shoulder portion back into retractor. Test for movement... it will probably be too loose. This next part takes two people.

Hold onto the lap and shoulder portions by the buckle and release the buckle. Allow the shoulder portion to feed back into the retractor 2 - 3 clicks and then one person sit on the seat (it helps if you lean on the seat closest to the buckle) and the other person work to re-buckle the seatbelt. Test for movement... this may need to be repeated another time or two in order for it to be tight.

Finally, tighten down top tether.

In both installs, if the vehicle seat reclines... it helps to recline the vehicle seat, install seat, and then push the vehicle seat back into it's upright position. Then tighten top tether.

It can also help to lower the little recline foot on the base of the seat. Sometimes that is all it needs if you are getting front to back movement but no side to side movement.

Hope those help.

Edited to add: If the buckle stalks are long and are partially going into the belt path, you can twist them down up to 3 full 360 degree twists. OR if the entire buckle is going into the belt path, you can do that as well. You just can NOT have part of the buckle in the path and part of it out... so, all the way in or all the way out are both acceptable.


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I haven't worked with it yet, Just going by what Jen told me. I believe it was her! I see she commented already though. I do the same belt tightening technique with my seats

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