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Old 01-18-2004, 09:13 AM
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Air Bag Eliminators

I have a steering column from a Ford Expedition. It is great because it is short, and has all of these great controls on the column. The best part is that it was FREE. The question that I have is, does anyone know of a way to cover the middle of the steering wheel where the air bag goes? Does someone make an "air bag eliminator" to fit in there? Since it is to go into a 26 Touring, I sure don't want an airbag set up there. I may be able to get an airbag to fill it, but they scare me. I don't know of anyway to make sure that it can't go off. Any ideas?

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Old 01-18-2004, 09:23 AM
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Call your local Ford dealer or a reputable mechanic and they should be able to remove it for you. One thing to consider is that when you get it out it can be resold if in good shape. I have seen them go for a few hundred. A buddy of mine bought a wrecked Vette that had popped the bag. It had a salvage title but the car was not that bad. He rebuilt it for the purpose of resale. The bag was going to cost him over $600 but he was lucky enough to sell it without replacing it. He did have to tell the next owner though that there was no airbag. I found this on an Audi site:

Airbag Removal
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This is a dangerous operation. You should first consult the Bentley manual for complete instructions and safety information. (i.e., Don't come running to me if somebody gets maimed or killed.)

Disconnect ground strap on battery.
Disconnect airbag disable connector located behind a small panel in the ceiling of the driver's footwell.
Remove the plastic cover over the top of the steering column by removing two screws from the bottom.
Disconnect the airbag connector on the right side of the now open bottom half of the plastic cover.
Unscrew the two torx screws holding the airbag unit in place. There is one on either side which can be accessed through a little hole on the back of the steering wheel.
Remove air bag unit, undo hinged metal clip covering the airbag wire connection and remove the connector.
Place the airbag somewhere where it won't kill anyone if it decides to go off. Face up is preferable.
Reinstall is the reverse of removal.

If you get it out you had better shoot the varmit before it bites anyone. LOL!!!!


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Old 01-18-2004, 10:00 AM
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Evidently I must have described my problem wrong. I know how to remove air bags. The steering column I have is missing the bag anyway. I want something to install in place of the airbag in that big opening. I could also install an air bag in the place, if there is a known foolproof way to make it safe where it CAN'T go off.
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They make replacement covers that goes over them after they popped. Try your local Ford dealer or check some of the free weekly auto mags. We have an AutoTrader that comes out every week and they have had them in it.
http://489parts.com/?OVRAW=airbag%20...OVMTC=standard
http://www.akelastomer.com/eng/eel/p.../g_pp_car.html
http://www.nandosearch.com/Detailed/51311.html


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Thanks Kevin. I searched and didn't find anything. 2 of the 3 links are exactly what I am looking for. I guess someday I'll figure out this new fangled technology.
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Adkart...This is the search engine I use when doing a search. You can open in another window while keeping the original search engine open. Also when you search just type in what you would normally call it. All I typed in was airbag covers If you would have typed in dummy airbags then you end up with a whole different list of items that talks about people selling cars with false / dummy airbags. If your first search does not turn up too many results just rephrase your wording a little bit. Hope this helps.

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I removed the airbags from my '95 Mustang for drag purposes (mostly weight savings, LOL). I bought my airbag covers from Penncraft Enterprises in Florida. While they get the job done, I nearly had a heart attack when I ripped open the box and saw what I paid $143 for. The covers consist of a styrofoam type material.......the passenger side is completely flat, while the driver's side is shaped like the factory unti, and still allows you to utilize cruise control and the horn. Like I said, it gets the job done, but it's not what I expected. Oh, one last detail.........the covers are "paint to match"...........make sure you use loads of primer, or the stuff will fake right off.
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