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Old 01-23-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
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Air Bag Disconnect 97 TJ

New here, and everyone has been great on my previous questions. Am thinking about disconnecting the air bags on our new to us 97 TJ 4.0 5sp. Is this an easy simple thing, or are all kinds of lights and alarms going to be going off? Can't find a switch for the passanger side bag. Like to trail and woods ride, and can just see a future problem. Any imput would be appricated. Thanks.

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You can pull the fuses but your airbag light will stay on.

BUT...no need. It takes one hell of a hit to set off a wranglers airbag. I've seen slams and roll overs that destroys the vehicle. Never did the airbags go off.

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Old 01-23-2010, 07:36 AM   #3
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I was cut off in the snow last year and slammed the right front into a guardrail, 3k in damage, and the airbags did not deploy.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:26 AM   #4
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The airbag deployment is controlled by a very sophisticated algorithm. It looks for forces, and for certain kinds of forces, double checks to make sure two spots in the vehicle are seeing the same thing, within a certain period of time, then runs the math and makes a decision. The amazing thing you notice when you look at high speed crash films is that it does all that and starts to deploy the bag before the driver even starts moving forward.

Every time you start the jeep it does a self-diagnosis to confirm everything is working, then the light goes out.

I'd leave it alone except for the child seat issue. Though a huge oversimplification and generalization, a typical deployment takes at least the equivalent of running into something very solid at 14 miles per hour. It gets much more complicated on angled hits, but that is a ball park.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:35 AM   #5
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Also, your insurance may cancel you if they find out.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:33 PM   #6
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Also, your insurance may cancel you if they find out.
Yep! I worked as an adjuster for two years. Insurance companies look for ANY excuse to not pay out. I was explicitly instructed to look for aftermarket steering wheels (disabling airbags), rims too large for stock brakes, suspension mods, etc. If for some reason your TJ is in an accident and you claim it be prepared!
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Air Bags

Thanks everyone for the advice. Guess I'll leave them alone, and just wheel it. . Cheers.

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