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Old 08-29-2010, 05:13 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Passenger Airbag Cover is in fact removable w/ pics.

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Long story short, I've been trying to remove my passenger side airbag cover for some time now and finally figured out how to do it.

Many people on this forum & forums alike say the airbag cover is not removable because it's riveted in. However, I can tell you for a fact that you can indeed remove it.

There are 2 10mm nuts way up high on each side of the metal casing. They bolt to the frame of the car. The left one is pretty easy to reach, the right one however can be quite tricky. I had to buy a special wrench that spins in place without having to pull it out of the nut. I hope this helps someone as a guide in the future.

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Just curious, why would you want/need to remove the air bag cover?

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Just curious, why would you want/need to remove the air bag cover?
Looks like he's changing interior color judging by the speaker cover just visiable on the right side of the 3rd picture there.
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Here's a pic of the tool I use as I don't really know what it's called
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The airbag cover was badly damaged (scratched/sun damaged) so I decided to sand it and paint it black as I hate the tan interior. I'm painting the whole dash by the way and had to get the airbag cover off in order to remove the dashboard,
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Here's a pic of the tool I use as I don't really know what it's called
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Thank you!
A couple of years ago I tried and tried to get mine off, finally gave up.

Now I don't even remember why I wanted to take it off - sheesh - but it was important at the time!
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Is that to say the passenger-side air bag is not as difficult to change as the guy who sold me my Rubicon minus that air bag said it is? I have the replacement air bag but it hasn't been very high up on my list of priorities due to the perceived PITA I was told replacing it would be.
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Is that to say the passenger-side air bag is not as difficult to change as the guy who sold me my Rubicon minus that air bag said it is? I have the replacement air bag but it hasn't been very high up on my list of priorities due to the perceived PITA I was told replacing it would be.
Nope, doesn't look too difficult now that the cover is off. I see 2 bolts towards back on the firewall holding the black metal casing and 2 underneath the front metal bar. From what I can tell, thats it, then the black casing/cage containing the airbag pulls out. But I'm not gonna try it as I have no need to pull the airbag out. Trust me, the hard part is getting that darn airbag cover off
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Ok i have a young child and want him to be able to ride up front with me in my 05 TJ but not putting him up there with an airbag in, and since mine does not come with the cut off switch, is there a way to remove the passenger airbag (possible driver side also, if riding through trails and happen to hit a tree dont want air bag to deploy) but not sure how i feel about trying to put in an aftermarket switch cause dont want to take a chance on it malfunctioning and going off since i would be tampering with a safety issue? So am I able to just remove the Passenger air bag? I mean really i heard of it killing people more than saving them, ive been in a few wrecks and the air bag caused more damage to me than the wreck did.
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Ok i have a young child and want him to be able to ride up front with me in my 05 TJ but not putting him up there with an airbag in, and since mine does not come with the cut off switch, is there a way to remove the passenger airbag (possible driver side also, if riding through trails and happen to hit a tree dont want air bag to deploy) but not sure how i feel about trying to put in an aftermarket switch cause dont want to take a chance on it malfunctioning and going off since i would be tampering with a safety issue? So am I able to just remove the Passenger air bag? I mean really i heard of it killing people more than saving them, ive been in a few wrecks and the air bag caused more damage to me than the wreck did.
I would leave the kid in the back. Reason being, in the event of a roll or crash, the roll cage is better over the passenger section than the driver section. The winshield frame tends to move toward the front seat area unless you have a full cage setup in the front. Hence kids safer in back. Also as for the airbags going off, off road, not something that will happen on most off road rolls or hitss. Not saying it has not happened but low on the chance scale.
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how do u get to those bolts
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Ok i have a young child and want him to be able to ride up front with me in my 05 TJ but not putting him up there with an airbag in, and since mine does not come with the cut off switch, is there a way to remove the passenger airbag (possible driver side also, if riding through trails and happen to hit a tree dont want air bag to deploy) but not sure how i feel about trying to put in an aftermarket switch cause dont want to take a chance on it malfunctioning and going off since i would be tampering with a safety issue? So am I able to just remove the Passenger air bag? I mean really i heard of it killing people more than saving them, ive been in a few wrecks and the air bag caused more damage to me than the wreck did.
The air bag system is well known to not go off while offroading no matter how bad or rough the trail is. The only time it goes off is if it needed to, like if you went nose-down over a cliff. Don't worry about it offroad, it's not an issue at all.
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The air bag system is well known to not go off while offroading no matter how bad or rough the trail is. The only time it goes off is if it needed to, like if you went nose-down over a cliff. Don't worry about it offroad, it's not an issue at all.
Ok what about if I wanted my son to ride up front with me is there anyway of installing the switch from an older model in my jeep and having it work the air bag?
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If you are talking about offroading, simply pull both (!) airbag fuses... but again for offroading, don't worry about it since they won't deploy except if truly needed. Even the roughest trails won't deploy them unless you have a major head-on collision where you want them to deploy.

For onroad, I would either have a switch installed or have him ride in the back seat. A quality switch is not going to cause a problem.
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Hmmm I wonder why vehicle manufacturers put airbags in vehicles if they are so dangerous? If you are properly belted in, seat adjusted and everything else in it's place the airbag will work to help preserve yourself. Kids are meant for the backseat until they reach the age of 12 anyway. Vehicles are a lot safer nowadays compared to 20 or 30 years ago. Like Jerry said the airbags won't be a problem off road. They factor in vehicle speed and g forces before they go off. Speeds are way too slow off road for the airbags.
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this was a huge help. I would have never seen those bolts without this thread! Thanks so much WF
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this was a huge help. I would have never seen those bolts without this thread! Thanks so much WF
Just to be clear though, the cover does NOT need to be removed to pull the dash. There are two studs on the firewall up behind the air bag that hold the back of it in place.

Remove those and the dash pops right out after everything else is loose.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:22 PM   #19
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Anyone know how to get the dang airbag out? I have pulled the cover, 2 nuts on the firewall, 2 nuts under and behind the grab bar, and one nut between the windshield and dash that is a real pain to get to and it's still in there. Looking at it I'm thinking maybe the dash has to come out??? I hope not, I just pulled the dash not too long ago.
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I got it out, not as hard as it seemed, just needed the right tools. 2 nuts on the firewall, 1 nut center of the bag at the top between the windshield and dash, two nuts at the front of the dash close to the grab bar. It will not come out after removing those. Drink a beer or 10 and get a prybar. It will come out then.

For what it's worth, the airbag cover this thread was started for was easy to remove. The 2 10 mm bolts were easy to reach on mine with a regular 1/4 ratchet and socket once the glovebox was removed.
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THANK YOU!!!! This thread saved me big time. My cover was faded and scratched and showing black (these appear to be the only dash part that isn't solid plastic in its color and are painted) or either mine was replaced and painted. Either way, this thread has been sooooo awesome!!!!
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I would NOT let my child ride in the front seat without deactivating the airbags. I'm sure Jerry is right about there being a very small chance of setting it off while wheeling, but any chance is too much. Either pull the fuses or put Jr. in the back seat.
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Good to know you can remove it, I ended up painting mine in place when I re-did my interior.
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This thread is great because I can prove to my wife I am not the only person that things all interiors deserve a touch up with paint now and then. She swears i am the only person in the world that will spend an afternoon with a dash apart and spray paint just because of some fading. silly silly wife lol!
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This just worked for me, but that second bolt is a doozie. I had to lay on my back in the passenger seat, feet in the back seat, to get my hands in the right position. Still took about 45 minutes to find, grip, and remove. I'm kinda worried about putting it back on!

The gear wrench is a MUST for this, or it'll take you a year to fix.

Also, nice bloody knuckle in the second pic!
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This just worked for me, but that second bolt is a doozie. I had to lay on my back in the passenger seat, feet in the back seat, to get my hands in the right position. Still took about 45 minutes to find, grip, and remove. I'm kinda worried about putting it back on!

The gear wrench is a MUST for this, or it'll take you a year to fix.

Also, nice bloody knuckle in the second pic!
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I'm over 6'1 225 and contorted myself like crazy to get those bolts out and back in. THANK GOD for beer!
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I did it to my 97. The tan interior was faded and bought an 03 agate. Had to change a few things with the dash. The 03 cover was already blown. I sanded my tan one and bedlined it. It was a PITA to get back in but not too bad.
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Pics, dutch?

Before and after would be great. I have a 97 with that tan/spice interior, and I've thought about pulling the dash to replace or paint...
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For some reason I didn't take pics of the cover before but I have these.
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You can barely tell the color difference in the pic. I also did my bezel and gauge cover. If I would have known, I would have just done my tan interior with bedliner. Clean sand clean sand clean sand. I sanded it down a lot and almost smooth. The bedliner has a little texture to it but not to bad. I am going to do the grab handle and glove box cover next. I put an inverter in my glove box and have the mounting screws showing. Good luck.

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I have the replacement air bag but it hasn't been very high up on my list of priorities due to the perceived PITA I was told replacing it would be.
Why don't you install it into the driver's headrest, wired to a pressure switch in the seat, the ignition, and a kill switch in your location of choice? That way if someone tries to steal THIS Jeep without hitting the kill switch it'll put their head through the windshield?

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