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Old 02-26-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Anybody ever installed new seating covers...

and had to deal with the airbags in the seat?

I have some leather replacement seat covers that were NOT designed for airbags in the seat back....but the '07 seat has the airbags.

Does anybody know what would happen here?? Can I leave the bags out? Will the covers still work ok OVER the bags? What happens if I just leave the bags in, but don't connect em?

I'm not concerned with having the "protection" from them. I intentionally ordered my '11 without them......I just want it where the covers will work and look right. Any thoughts or ideas relating to the fit??

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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I would call the manufacturer of the seat cover and ask them those questions. I am guessing here but I have a feeling that a seat cover not designed for an air bag would restrict the airbag as it tried to inflate and may cause the airbag to inflate in a direction it was not indented to go. The pressure inflating that airbag is going to go somewhere!

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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I wouldn't mind leaving the airbag disconnected if that wouldn't screw up the dash lights or inspections or anything.
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I would never disconnect a safety feature like a side air bag to make a seat cover fit. I can't site the report that it was in but as I understand it, the safety of the Wrangler greatly improved with the side air bags.
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I would call the manufacturer of the seat cover and ask them those questions. I am guessing here but I have a feeling that a seat cover not designed for an air bag would restrict the airbag as it tried to inflate and may cause the airbag to inflate in a direction it was not indented to go. The pressure inflating that airbag is going to go somewhere!
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I would never disconnect a safety feature like a side air bag to make a seat cover fit. I can't site the report that it was in but as I understand it, the safety of the Wrangler greatly improved with the side air bags.

Both of these statements apply.

One of my best buddies is an auto upholsterer. Owns his own trim shop for 25 years now.

Covers for seats with airbags are sewn with a "special" rip-stitch in the area of the airbags. Without this special stitch, as stated above things will get ugly and most likely injure you badly. You can't get a local shop to custom make a cover or sew this stitch. The reason being is that the sewing machine required to perform this task retails for near $1 mil. This is why large cover suppliers which serve both the OEMs and private shops will sell to shops like his for replacement or light custom covers. Private shops can't afford the equipment for airbag seat covers at the low volumes they do. It's also a liability thing if the covers don't function properly.

If you disconnect them on a highway vehicle you are essentially making it "less" safe for those riding with you. Your choice for yourself is your business, but what about others.

Also disconnecting the airbags will probably set off the telltale light on the dash. Since Wranglers can be ordered without the side airbags , you could probably get the dealer to turn this off with some type of code but they will charge you at least $100 to do so.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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This thing is ridiculous getting apart. I can't imagine how they got the thing in there.It's gonna leave a big ole hole in the foam that I'm gonna have to fill with somthing.
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I use late model seats in my old model pro-touring projects sometimes. When I do we eliminate the airbags if equipped. It's for older musclecars, if we eliminate the bag, we intall and trim similar foam to the rest of the seat bun and install custom covers. Any trim shop will have foam scraps big enough and the right density to do the job.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:38 PM   #8
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Thanks for the answers, guys.....I appreciate your input. I just wish the seats didn't have the damn airbags to start with.
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Ok....I've got the airbags out and the leather on the seats, and they're installed back in the Jeep. I have not died or even been seriously injured yet, but then it hasn't been out of the garage yet. Probably gonna make the maiden run tonight.

The only problem that I see is that the little red dash light Did stay on. It's right beside the little red seat belt light that stays on too.

As for the airbag light......The only thing that the dash knows is that the seat bags are unplugged. Anybody have an EASY way to turn that off? I know that sometimes on my mower, when I unhook the safety switches, all I have to do is jump the two leads in the plug, and everything will work correctly. Would the airbag connector work like that?? There's only two wires leading from the plug to where the bag was. If I jump them, what would happen? Instant death? Decapitation? Light go out??
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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Just don't put power to those airbags you removed for fun, unless your far away from them. We did this one day with one we had removed from a seat. Put it under a large steel garbage can and ran loooong jumper wires. We touched them to a spare car battery at the shop and sent that can about 20 ft in the air quick. Lots of force in those bags.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:38 PM   #11
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I know. They're actually bombs in the car. I never feel safe, riding around with those damn things.

What I'm looking for is somebody who has some knowledge of electricity/electronics....Easy way to shut off that damn light.
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Where are the pics at?! Been waiting all day!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #13
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Is lookin good, Man! I'll be gettin em!

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